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Deborah K. Tellier

Deborah K. Tellier
Retired Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, San Francisco, CA

Deborah K. Tellier counsels business and industry clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws, with an emphasis on hazardous waste and water quality laws and regulations. She represents companies in administrative proceedings and negotiations with federal, state and local environmental enforcing agencies. She also advises clients on conducting and evaluating environmental due diligence investigations in connection with the acquisition, leasing and financing of real property. She counsels domestic and international clients on establishing and monitoring environmental management systems, audits and sustainability programs.

Ms. Tellier is also a partner in the firm’s Exempt Organization Practice Group advising clients on formation, operational, grantmaking and governance issues. As former Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, she was primarily responsible for the foundation’s day-to-day legal matters, compliance programs, organizational and Board governance and regulatory filings.

Since 2009, she has served as the Programs Vice Chair for the Waste and Resource Recovery Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. She is an Executive Committee member of the Environmental Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and currently serving as its Vice-Chair. Ms. Tellier received her J.D. from the University of Oregon, School of Law and earned her B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California at Davis.