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Richard McNeil

Phone: +1 949.798.1381
3 Park Plaza, 20th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614-8505

Rick McNeil is a partner in the Environment & Natural Resources and Commercial Litigation Groups.  Rick is a trial attorney with numerous jury, bench and administrative trials to his credit and also has substantial expertise in general business, real estate, land use, and environmental litigation.

Rick’s environmental experience spans nearly all aspects of federal and California law. He has been involved in the majority of Superfund sites (in some cases as the Chair of the PRP Group or its Legal or Allocation Committees) in Southern California, numerous RCRA sites throughout California, a wide range of Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act regulatory and enforcement matters, including dozens of matters before the SCAQMD, the DTSC, and the Los Angeles and Santa Ana RWQCB’s, many Proposition 65 matters, and TSCA and FIFRA matters. He also has handled numerous CEQA cases through the administrative, trial and appellate phases.

Rick is a member of the American Law Institute, where he contributes to the current revision of the Restatement of the Law, 4th, Property. 

He is also a member of the Litigation Section and the Environment, Energy and Resources Section of the American Bar Association, the Litigation Section and the Environmental Law Section of the California State Bar and the Real Estate, Business Litigation and Environmental Law Sections of the Orange County Bar Association.

Rick was selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles rankings of Super Lawyers from 2004 through 2009 and was named one of Los Angeles Daily Journal's "Top 20 Under 40" in 1997.

Rick is Member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Diversity Committee, and also serves on its Pro Bono Committee.

Rick also is a Member of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Orange County. 

Rick also is the Chair Emeritus of the Pacific Chorale, a symphonic choral organization that provides free after-school music education to inner city children.

Rick is also an experienced mediator, having mediated many commercial, land use and environmental cases.


  • Yale University, B.A. (1981)
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D. (1984) Member, California Law Review


Admitted to practice: California, United States District Court, All Districts of California, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
    • Environmental Law Section (Former Member, Executive Committee)
    • Litigation Section
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section, Member (1998-present), Chair (2016-2017)
    • Diversity Committee  Chair (2015-present)
    • Elimination of Bias Subcommittee, Chair (2016-present)
  • American Law Institute (1997-Present)

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Environmental (2004-2009)
  • Top 20 Under 40, Los Angeles Daily Journal (1997)

Community Involvement

  • Pacific Chorale, Board of Directors (1997-present)
    • Chairman of the Board (2014-2015), Chair Emeritus
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Board of Directors (2016-present)

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"CERCLA Litigation Watch: First Subsurface Intrusion NPL Site Listing Challenged in D.C. Circuit," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (February 28, 2019). Contacts: Jennifer A. Giblin, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Richard McNeil
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Environment & Natural Resources – Will Streamlining NEPA Implementation Work?," Crowell & Moring's Regulatory Forecast 2019 (February 27, 2019). Contributors: Timothy McCrum and Richard McNeil.
"EPA Implements Obama-Era Subsurface Intrusion Regulation with National Priorities List Additions," Environment & Natural Resources Law Alert (September 25, 2018). Contacts: Jennifer A. Giblin, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Richard McNeil
Client Alert/Newsletter
Crowell & Moring Nabs Enviro Atty From Snell & Wilmer Law360 (January 30, 2018)
In the News
People Moves: Generation Investment Management, S&P Global Ratings, Ceres, Crowell & Moring and Global Thinkers Forum Environmental Finance (January 26, 2018)
In the News
Firm Adds Environmental Litigator To Calif. Practice E&E News (January 23, 2018)
In the News
Experienced California Environmental Litigator Richard J. McNeil Joins Crowell & Moring (Jan.23.2018)
Firm News/Announcement
"NOT IN MY BACKYARD: Land Use Implications of Siting Sober Living Homes and Treatment Centers in Residential Zones in Orange County," California Municipal Revenue & Tax Association, Long Beach, CA (October 11, 2017). Speaker: Richard McNeil.
"Habits of the Mind - Implicit Bias in the Workplace," Orange County Bar Association Diversity Task Force CLE, Newport Beach, CA (December 1, 2016). Speaker: Richard McNeil.
"Update on Sober Living Homes in Orange County," Get Connected with Councilwoman Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa City Council Chambers, CA (September 27, 2016). Speaker: Richard McNeil.

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