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Kevin Poloncarz

Kevin Poloncarz
Partner, Paul Hastings, San Francisco, CA

Kevin Poloncarz is a partner in the Environment and Energy Practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. 

Mr. Poloncarz represents clients, primarily in the energy sector, in regulatory, litigation, legislative and transactional matters involving air quality and climate change.

He has been deeply involved in the development of regulations to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the federal Clean Air Act and the California Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill (AB) 32, including the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Cap-and-Trade Program, Low Carbon Fuel Standard and U.S EPA's Clean Power Plan. He is actively involved in legislative and regulatory efforts to extend the Cap-and-Trade Program to achieve California's climate goals.

He represents and advises clients in regulatory proceedings and administrative litigation concerning emissions regulations and in a variety of transactions relating to emissions of GHG and criteria pollutants.

He has obtained state and federal permits for major energy projects and defended those permits in resulting appeals, including for the first federal air permit to regulate GHG emissions from a power plant. He also defends clients in enforcement matters involving compliance with emissions standards.