Los Angeles - The Los Angeles office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added Belynda S. Reck as a partner in its environment, land and natural resources practice. She joins K&L Gates from Reed Smith LLP.
Reck advises large international companies, small businesses, and public entities on a variety of environmental and health and safety compliance and litigation matters, including toxic torts, water rights, climate change, product liability, unfair business practices, Proposition 65, and other matters. During her 26 year career, she has represented clients in federal and California and numerous other state courts and before various federal and state agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB), and Air Quality Management District (AQMD), among others. Reck also defends clients, including through trial, in litigation regarding contamination in various media, climate change, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), single plaintiff and mass tort actions, and other litigation matters.
“We are excited to have Belynda join K&L Gates’ Los Angeles office,” said Timothy Pierce, managing partner of K&L Gates’ Los Angeles office. “She is a dynamic lawyer who will immediately contribute to both the office and firmwide environmental practice. Her addition is a solid step towards our objective to expand the K&L Gates presence in California.”
K&L Gates’ environment, land and natural resources practice has over 100 lawyers across offices in the United States, European Union, and the Asia Pacific region, including lawyers who previously served in U.S. federal and state regulatory and enforcement agencies such as the EPA, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The group routinely works to support clients on permitting, development, compliance, enforcement, and litigation matters.