Lynn L. Bergeson
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EDUCATION:

BA, Michigan State University, 1975, magna cum laude

JD, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, 1979, Law Review

 
RANKINGS & RECOGNITION:

Super Lawyers, "Top 50 Women Washington, D.C." (2018, 2020)

Super Lawyers (2008-2020)

Chambers and Partners USA: Environmental Law, Washington, D.C., Ranked Lawyer: Band 1 (2017-2020)

Chambers and Partners USA: Environmental Law Notable Practitioner (2005 - 2020)

U.S. News & World Report -- Best Law Firms, First-Tier Ranking for Environmental Law (2012-2019)

The Best Lawyers in America®, Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers in Environmental Law (2009, 2013-2020)

2011 Inductee, American College of Environmental Lawyers

Washingtonian's List of Top Lawyers (2009-2019)

Who’s Who Legal, Environment Leading Practitioners (2009, 2013-2019)

Who’s Who Legal of Environment Lawyers (2004-2019)

National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader, Environmental Regulation and Environmental Law (2018 - 2019)

Lexology Thought Leader, Infrastructure, (2018 – 2020)

Law360's Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys (2010)

Martindale-Hubbell’s Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast for Environmental Law (2011)

Nanotechnology Law & Business’s List of Top Ten Experts in Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues Related to Engineered Nanomaterials (2009)

 

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Owner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), Lynn L. Bergeson has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies. Her knowledge of and involvement in the policy process allows her to develop client-focused strategies whether advocating before Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or other governance and standard-setting bodies.

Ms. Bergeson counsels corporations, trade associations, and business consortia on a wide range of issues pertaining to chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, risk communication, minimizing legal liability, and evolving regulatory and policy matters pertinent to conventional, biobased, and nanoscale chemicals, particularly with respect to TSCA, FIFRA, Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), REACH and REACH-like programs, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters.

She served as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and has served in many Section leadership positions. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, and the Product Stewardship Society, among other business and law organizations, and lectures and writes frequently on legal, regulatory, and science policy issues. Ms. Bergeson is also President of The Acta Group (Acta®), B&C's scientific and regulatory consulting arm, which assists chemical and product manufacturers in marketing and sustaining their products globally, and President of B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C., which helps the chemical industry leverage resources and maximize impact by forming consortia to achieve shared research, testing, regulatory, and access goals.

According to the Chambers USA Guide: "The universally highly regarded Lynn Bergeson of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has developed an enviable reputation in chemical and pesticide regulatory work, with particular expertise in nanotechnology. 'She is probably the premier pesticide lawyer in DC,' notes one impressed commentator. Peers predict that she is set to become 'one of the most important lawyers in America.'"

Representative Engagements:

  • Assists a global manufacturer of industrial and consumer products register and maintain chemical product approvals in all jurisdictions in which its products are marketed.
  • Among the first U.S. law firms to assist several manufacturers of nanoscale chemical products obtain approval for their innovations under TSCA, and have devised and maintained product stewardship programs in multiple global jurisdictions to manage these nanoscale products effectively.
  • Among the first law firms judicially to challenge a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) issued under TSCA Section 5 to eliminate or lessen commercial restrictions placed on the manufacture, processing, and distribution of a new chemical substance.
  • Assists several biobased chemical manufacturers address difficult TSCA nomenclature and chemical identity issues and devise and implement product stewardship protocols to manage these products with downstream stakeholders.
  • Assists clients prepare and obtain approvals for chemicals produced by intergeneric microorganisms.

Professional & Community Involvement:

President, Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors, 2019 –;  Member, Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors,  2015 --

Vice Chair, International Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section 2018 --

Appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors, 2013-2016, and by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, 2016 - 2022

Chair, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2005 - 2006

Chair, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Special Committee on TSCA Reform, 2009--

Vice Chair, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Committee on Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know, 2008--

Editor, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know Committee Newsletter

Member, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Governance Committee, 2013-2014

Member, Industrial Biotechnology Journal, Editorial Board, 2014 –

Member, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Nanotechnology Standards Panel (NSP) Steering Committee, 2004-2005

Chair of the Environment, Health, and Safety Committee of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

Member, Steering Committee of EPA's Pollution Prevention Through Nanotechnology Conference

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group (PCAST nTAG)

Member, the ISO Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnologies Steering Committee Member, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Conference on Potential Environmental Benefits of Nanotechnology: Fostering Safe Innovation-Led Growth, Paris, France, 2009

Professional Memberships:

American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL)

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Bar

Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Bar & Court Admissions:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1982

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1983

District of Columbia, 1980

Publications:

Books:

Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authors, “Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know 2017 Annual Report,” in The Year in Review 2017: Environment, Energy, and Resources Law, American Bar Association (2018).

Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, Co-Editors, New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2017).

Lynn L. Bergeson, Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., co-authors, “Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know 2016 Annual Report,” in The Year in Review 2016: Environment, Energy, and Resources Law, American Bar Association (2017).

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Legal Considerations Relating to Tort and Product Liability Law,” in Realizing the Full Business Value of Product Stewardship, Product Stewardship Society, (2016).

Lynn L. Bergeson, et al., Global Chemical Control Handbook: A Guide to Chemical Management Programs, ABA, (2014).

Lynn L. Bergeson, contributing author, The RCRA Practice Manual, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2013).

Lynn L. Bergeson, Editor, Nanotechnology: Environmental Law, Policy, and Business Considerations, American Bar Association (2010).

Lynn L. Bergeson, Nanotechnology Deskbook, Environmental Law Institute (2008).

Articles:

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Feeling the Pinch: who pays TSCA risk evaluation fees?," Financier Worldwide, September 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Charles M. Auer, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., "What Lies Ahead for the Next Four Years of TSCA?," Chemical Watch, July 14, 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Effectively Managing Supply Chain Communications Under TSCA," Bloomberg Environment Insights, April 28, 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Chemical Importers are on the Hook for TSCA Risk Evaluation Fees," Elements, the Magazine of Chemicals Northwest, Spring 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson and Christopher R. Blunck, "Expert Focus: What Are the Implications of the US EPA’s Expected Final Rule on Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals?," Chemical Watch, March 26, 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "TSCA Fee Controversy Continues," Chemical Processing, March 20, 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "The growing spectre of chemical product cancellations, and what to do about it," Financier Worldwide, February 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Toxic Substances: Are You On The List?," Chemical Processing, February 24, 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Revises “Working Approach” Document," Chemical Processing, January 14, 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Risk evaluations under TSCA: The state of play," Specialty Chemicals Magazine, December 2019/January 2020.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Issues New Accidental Release Rule," Chemical Processing, December 20, 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "SEC Proposes Changes To Reporting Rules," Chemical Processing, October 16, 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "The Growing Influence of Chemical Risk Evaluation on the M&A Market," Financier Worldwide, October 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., "Protecting the Value of Health, Safety Studies—Emerging TSCA Issues," Bloomberg Environment Insights, August 22-23, 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Expert Focus: TSCA and Liability under the False Claims Act – a Potentially Promising Area," Chemical Watch, July 26, 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "The Rise of Ingredient Disclosure: The California and New York Experience," Environmental Quality Management, Volume 28, Issue 3, Spring 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Updates the TSCA Inventory: Impact on chemical importers," Elements, the Magazine of Chemicals Northwest, Spring 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Changing of the Guard," Specialty Chemicals Magazine, March 2019.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "EPA Updates the TSCA Inventory: Impact on chemical importers," Elements, the Magazine of Chemicals Northwest, Spring 2019.

Speaking Engagements:

Navigating the Jurisdictional Tightrope Between Biopesticides, Biostimulants, and Related Emerging Technologies,” Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (May 11, 2020).

“Chemical Product Issues of Note,” 2020 ASTA Online, (May 5, 2020).

Law, Climate Change, and Agriculture: legal tools in the arsenal,” International Bar Association, (April 22, 2020).

“Toxic Substances and Emerging Contaminants: Legal Issues and Latest Developments,” Environmental Law 2020, (February 6-7, 2020).

Value Chain Communications Required under TSCA Consent Orders and SNURs: How to Formulate Them and Optimize Their Value,” Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (November 13, 2019).

Turkey REACH (KKDIK): Achieving Timely Compliance with  New Chemicals Requirements,” Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (November 6, 2019).

“TSCA at 3: A panel session,” Chemical Watch Regulatory Summit USA, Washington, D.C., (November 4-5, 2019).

“The Administration’s New Paradigm for Assessing Risk,” Environmental Regulation 2019, (September 27, 2019).

New TSCA at 3:  Key Implementation Issues,” Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (July 25, 2019).

Law & Policy of Products Regulation,” ELI Summer School, Washington, D.C., (July 23, 2019).  

“TSCA Implementation: Where Are We Now?,” TSCA: Three Years Later, Washington, D.C., (June 24, 2019).

WEBINAR -- Sustainable Investment in Agriculture,” IBA Agricultural Law Section, (May 22, 2019).

"TSCA Risk Evaluation and Regulatory Issues: Do You Feel Me Now?," HCPA IMPACT2019, Washington D.C., (May 3, 2019).

WEBINAR -- FIFRA Hot Topics in Pesticide, Biocides, and Other Agricultural Chemicals Regulation and Litigation,” Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (April 24, 2019).

“TSCA Implementation: Where Are We At?,” 2019 ACS Annual Spring Convention & Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (April 9, 2019).

Navigating the PMN Process Under Amended TSCA,” SCHC Professional Development Training Program, Las Vegas, Nevada, (March 18, 2019).

“Data for Chemical Evaluations: Secret or Otherwise,” Society of Toxicology 58th Annual Meeting & ToxExpo, Baltimore, Maryland, (March 11, 2019).

WEBINAR - The New Toxic Substances Control Act - What All Lawyers and Consultants Need to Know,” ABA's Section of Environment, Energy & Resources Law (SEER) Essentials Series, (February 27, 2019).

WEBINAR -- Chemical Regulation After the Mid-Terms: What We Can Expect to See in 2019,” Bloomberg BNA and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (February 20, 2019).


 
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