Justin Lubo

Justin Lubo is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Justin directly using the contact details listed above.

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Justin is the holder of a Master’s in Public Law from the University of Lubumbashi. Lawyer at the Kinshasa/Gombe Bar since 1995 and Manager of Cabinet EL. He is a member of the Belgo Congolese Chamber of Commerce. Me Justin Lubo KASONGO is part of the Property Law Commission within the Union International des Avocats.

He specialises in Natural Resources Law, with over a decade of experience in the electricity sector, the structuring of infrastructure projects and in taxation. He participated in the development of major national and international projects, in particular in the field of Energy and industry.

Throughout his career, he had to exercise the functions of Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Decentralisation and Customary Affairs from 2015 to 2017, and from 2004 to 2008 Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Energy, in 2002 Legal Advisor of the Minister of Agriculture and in 2001 Advisor to the Minister of Land Affairs, Environment and Tourism.

His expertise in electricity law led him to be from 2006 to 2008, Coordinator of the PMEDE project: rehabilitation of the hydroelectric power stations of Inga 1 and 2, and construction of the second line Inga-Kinshasa (World Bank-ADB and EIB financing).

From 2013 to 2017, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Electricity Company, he participated in the drafting of several laws regulating of the electricity sector. And has coordinated several projects in this same sector.

Master Justin LUBO KASONGO excels in digital. His intellectual portfolio is provided with several training courses in digital law and in his practice. He has knowledge in drafting, negotiation and securing of the different IT contracts.

​Justin has undeniable expertise on business law (OHADA, contract law, banking law, tax law, general administrative law).

Firm Overview:

Cabinet EL was founded in 2013 on the initiative of Maître Justin LUBO KASONGO Lawyer at the Bar at the Court of Appeal of Kinshasa / Gombe, in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The establishment of an adequate professional framework allowing to exercise the profession of Lawyer in its broadest expression in the strict respect of the law as well as the principles of the Christian life, is the vision at the base of the creation of Cabinet EL.

Paul Nan II

Paul Nan II is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Paul directly using the contact details listed above.

Paul has an outstanding reputation among both local and international clients. He obtained a Licence en Droit Privé in 1980 and a Maîtrise en Droit des Affaires in 1981 and later a D.E.S.S (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées en fiscalité appliquée), and a Masters Degree in Environmental Law. He started Legal Practice in 1982 and qualified as a Lawyer in 1985 and immediately joined Etah-Nan & Co. Paul is a certified Agent of OAPI for Trademarks Patents and Designs. He speaks and writes French as first language, English as second language and Spanish. Paul heads the Litigation Practice in the Firm as well as IP, Environmental Law and Competition Law.

Firm Overview:

Etah-Nan & Co is a bilingual (French and English) Law Firm created in 1985. Etah-Nan & Co presently has twelve members. This makes them one of the biggest by prevailing local standards. Members of Etah-Nan & Co are essentially Civil (French Lawyers), Common Law Lawyers (English Lawyers), American Lawyers and others specialised in Comparative Law (English and French Law).

Etah-Nan & Co are principally involved in legal, regulatory and tax advisory services to corporate entities and State corporations and also general litigation. Over the years, Etah-Nan & Co’s expansion has been facilitated by its collaboration with other Law and Consultancy Firms in South Africa, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Europe, the United Kingdom, United States and Asia.

Etah-Nan & Co has constantly been ranked as the leading firm in Cameroon, and David ETAH AKOH, the law firms Managing Partner is rated as the Leading Lawyer in Cameroon in General Business Law.

Catherine W. Johnson

Catherine Johnson is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Catherine directly using the contact details listed above.

Catherine specialises in California and federal environmental law, representing a broad range of clients and industries, including manufacturing facilities, national transportation companies, food companies, a recycling facility, and leaders in the commercial real estate and multi-family housing industry. She has represented a leader in the multi-family homes industry for over twenty years, and served as the sole environmental lawyer for a publicly-traded REIT for over fourteen years. She has represented several of her current clients for over a decade or more.

Catherine’s areas of expertise include brownfields development, soil vapor intrusion, Proposition 65, pollution legal liability insurance policies, hazardous and solid waste, landfills, Superfund sites, electronic waste, underground storage tanks, asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, mould, radon, methane gas, OSHA, Porter-Cologne Act, Truck & Bus Regulation, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and all aspects of the investigation, clean-up, and closure of contaminated properties. Catherine has special expertise in environmental due diligence and transactional matters for real estate, stock, and asset acquisitions. Catherine has handled enforcement actions brought by federal, state, and local agencies, under a variety of laws, including one of the first U.S. EPA enforcement actions brought under the California Truck & Bus Regulation.

Catherine’s transactional and compliance practice at EGC is backed by years of litigation experience, where she served either as lead counsel or co-counsel in several major cases, including citizens’ suits claims (Prop 65, storm water), CERCLA cost recovery claims, and claims for property damage associated with subsurface contamination and soil vapor intrusion.  Catherine was lead attorney for the landmark case, U.S. v. Chapman, 146 F.3d 1166, 1169 (9th Cir. 1998) (establishing a test for EPA’s recovery of its litigation fees in a CERCLA cost-recovery action) and she was lead co-counsel for SF Bay keeper v. Levin Enterprises, (N.D. CA, 2013) (first decision to address the scope of storm water permit requirements applicable to the transportation industry).

Before establishing EGC, Catherine was a partner at Hanson Bridgett, LLP, in San Francisco for seven years, and a partner at Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, in Oakland for thirteen years. Catherine started her environmental practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Before practicing law, she served as a consultant to ICF, Inc., providing support to the U.S. EPA in development of some of the first environmental regulations under certain provisions of CERCLA and RCRA.

Catherine is the Immediate Past Chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Environmental Section.

Firm Overview:

Environmental General Counsel is an environmental boutique law firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have decades of experience with all aspects of environmental law, including compliance, enforcement, clean-ups, complex litigation, natural resources, risk allocation in loans and acquisitions — with special expertise in sophisticated transactions, Proposition 65, pollution legal liability policies, vapor intrusion, asbestos-containing materials, Environmental Health & Safety programs, environmental claims in bankruptcy, and development projects.

​EGC attorneys are veteran environmental practitioners. Our attorneys have practiced with some of the leading environmental departments and law firms in the country, including Paul Hastings, Holland & Knight, Beveridge & Diamond, Pillsbury Winthrop, Jeffers Mangel Butler & Mitchell, Barg Coffin, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Hanson Bridgett.  We have also served as counsel for environmental regulatory agencies, including the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Coastal Commission .

EGC represents a wide range of industries, including real estate (single-family homebuilders, multi-family residential owners, developers, commercial property owners), consumer products, fashion and accessories, personal care industry, social media, pet food, chemical manufacturing and distribution, industrial manufacturing, food processing, high tech, maritime and transportation industry, and recycling.

​Our clients include Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies, national and international privately-held companies, publicly-traded companies, public agencies, family businesses, trusts, and individuals.​

We are engaged and active in our field as frequent speakers and writers and we contribute to the environmental legal community as leaders of local and state bar associations. Two of our partners are former Chairs of the California Bar’s Environmental Section — and one partner currently serves as advisor to the Section’s annual Yosemite conference. Two of our partners are former chairs of the San Francisco Bar’s Environmental Section — and one of our partners serves as the current Chair of the Section. We are also active in a leadership position with the County of Alameda’s Environmental Bar. ​

Joelle A. V. Harris

Joelle Harris is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in Dominica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Joelle directly using the contact details listed above.

Joelle obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of the West Indies in 1999. She graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 2001 and was called to the bar in Dominica at the age of 23. She became partner at Armour, Armour & Harris in 2002 and in 2009, Ms. Harris accompanied and supported lead Counsel to the Privy Council.

In 2011, Joelle enrolled in the Environmental Law Masters programme at the Pace Law School in New York. She was accepted into Pace’s UN Diplomacy Practicum and interned with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations. In 2012, she obtained a Masters of Law Degree in Environmental Law and returned to the firm in Dominica to practice full-time.

In 2013, Joelle accepted a two year contract with the Government of Dominica as Solicitor General. In 2015, having successfully completed her contract with the Government, she returned to private practice and to the firm of Harris & Harris. She is currently pursuing a second Masters of Law Degree, with the University of Liverpool, in Technology and Intellectual Property Law.

Joelle Harris has sat on the Dominica Festivals Commission, the Board of the Dominica Special Olympics and the Board of the Dominica Motorcycle Club. She was a member of the Optimist Club of Roseau and the Dominica Rotary Club. She is currently an executive member of the Castle Comfort Development Committee, and is a member of the Dominica Bar Association, the Dominica Rifle Club and the Dominica Council for the Aged.

Corinne Lepage

Corinne Lepage is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Corinne directly using the contact details listed above.

Doctor of law, Corinne Lepage, because of her experience, develops a consulting activity which includes strategy and litigation.

She works with both very big companies and start-up, French and foreign public entities and associations. Corinne Lepage follows the big environmental files, public, energy and environmental health cases. She also manages big pollution, natural and industrial disasters files.

Corinne is one of the European specialists on these topics. Co-founder, with Christian Huglo, of the Huglo Lepage Avocats law firm in 1978, she had numerous public jobs: member of the Bar Council and Secretary of the Bar Council, minister of the environment, deputy mayor then first deputy mayor of Cabourg, European deputy.

Corinne Lepage ensures conferences in big companies on evolution of climatic and environmental issues regarding economical questions. She also conducts a hundred declarations each year for a variety of audiences.

Firm Overview:

Huglo Lepage Avocats is the first public law firm, opened by Avocats à la Cour. At the time, only Avocats au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation were pretending to the practice of public law. Both holding a doctorate in public law, Christian Huglo and Corinne Lepage learned their profession with an Avocat au Conseil d’Etat et à la Cour de cassation for several years. The practice of public law constitutes a strong element of the firm for years, and many prizes have been awarded to them for this activity.

Since 40 years, the HLA team has been building up an unparalleled technical experience and base of legal skills in public and environmental law, especially in the following areas: industrial environment, climate, biodiversity, maritime law, public business law, health and environment, adaptation to the new economy, urban planning and development, energy.

Moreover, the presence of a private law team in the firm allows them to combine the areas of private law at traditional administrative law, areas which are often linked, especially in the field of civil and criminal liability.

Karen Samuel

Karen Samuel is our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in Grenada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Karen directly using the contact details listed above.

Karen is the holder of a Bachelors of Laws Degree, Honours, from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

She also holds a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad & Tobago, a post-graduate diploma in Law of the Sea from the Rhodes Academy, Greece, and has successfully completed the fellows arbitration course.

She was called to the Bar in Grenada in 2002, and at the British Virgin Islands, in 2011.

Firm Overview:

Samuel Phillip & Associates was established in May 2011.

It is now staffed by two attorneys, Karen M. M. Samuel and Alicia C. Lawrence, who ensure that it delivers always a bespoke solution for each client.

Additionally, based on the needs of your matter, appropriate and effective collaborations will be made with other legal practitioners in order to deliver the best legal product to you.

The firm is emerging as a leading service-provider in the areas of employment / labour law, taxation, conveyancing, estate (including wills, probate and letters of administration), landlord and tenant law, company incorporation, civil litigation, debt collection and divorce settlements.

We are located at the Roundabout at the Upper Lucas Street, Lowthers’ Lane Intersection, easily accessible by private or public transportation.