Lynn L. Bergeson

Managing Partner


Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), 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), the European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, 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 allow 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.

Representative Engagements

  • Assists a global manufacturer of industrial and consumer products to 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 has 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 to address difficult TSCA nomenclature and chemical identity issues and to devise and implement product stewardship protocols to manage these products with downstream stakeholders.
  • Assists clients to prepare and obtain approvals for chemicals produced by intergeneric microorganisms.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Regent, American College of Environmental Lawyers, 2022 – ; Executive Committee, American College of Environmental Lawyers, 2022 –
  • Immediate Past President, Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors, 2021 – 2022; Member, Product Stewardship Society Board of Directors, 2015 – 2022
  • Chair, IBA, Agriculture and Food Section, 2022 – ; Senior Vice Chair, IBA, Agriculture and Food Section, 2018 – 2021
  • 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, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2005 – 2006
  • Chair, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Special Committee on TSCA Reform, 2009 –
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Committee on Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know, 2008 –
  • Editor, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-To-Know Committee Newsletter
  • Member, ABA 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

Articles and Writings


B&C, Acta, and BCCM provide a full range of global support for the commercialisation of chemicals, biocides, and products of industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology.

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  • BA, Michigan State University, 1975, magna cum laude
  • JD, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, 1979, Law Review

Bar & Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2020
  • 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

Rankings & Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners USA: Environmental Law, Washington, D.C., Ranked Lawyer: Band 1 (2017 – 2023)
  • Super Lawyers (2008-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers in Environmental Law (2009, 2013 – 2023)
  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Law Firms, First-Tier Ranking for Environmental Law (2012 – 2022)
  • Who’s Who Legal of Environment Lawyers (2004 – 2023)
  • Who’s Who Legal, Environment Leading Practitioners/Global Elite Thought Leaders (2009, 2013 – 2023)
  • Chambers and Partners USA: Environmental Law Notable Practitioner (2005 – 2020)
  • Super Lawyers: Top 50 Women Washington, D.C. (2018, 2020)
  • Lexology Thought Leader, Infrastructure (2018 – 2023)
  • Washingtonian’s List of Top Lawyers (2009 – 2019)
  • National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader (2019 – 2022)
  • 2011 Inductee, American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast for Environmental Law (2011)
  • Law360’s Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys (2010)
  • Nanotechnology Law & Business’s List of Top Ten Experts in Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues Related to Engineered Nanomaterials (2009)