Cole A. Benbow
Cole focuses his practice on environmental litigation and investigations, including those related to government enforcement actions. Cole has extensive experience litigating environmental matters in state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration. Cole also has experience with a prominent number of environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Cole also represents clients in connection with enforcement and compliance under California’s Proposition 65, and routinely works with clients to identify and evaluate Proposition 65 liabilities and risks.
Cole is also committed to providing pro bono legal services, including representation in domestic violence, unlawful detainer, and asylum proceedings.
CALI Award for the Highest Grade in the Class: Evidence, Bankruptcy, ERISA (Employee Benefits)
USF Law Review, Forum Editor, (Volume 50), Junior Staff (Volume 49)
Admissions and Courts
Represented global manufacturing company in 7-week arbitration to allocate investigation and remediation costs at industrial property regulated under RCRA and CERCLA
Represented federal contractor conducting Superfund site remediation in SF Bay Area
Represented engineers/design professionals in construction disputes
California State Bar Association
California Young Lawyers Association
Bar Association of San Francisco
San Francisco Barristers Club Litigation Section
California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2019–2021)
Judicial Intern to the Honorable Mary B. Barglind and the Honorable Richard Celello, 41st Circuit Court Michigan (2014)