Paul D. Rasmussen

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Environmental and Stormwater
  • Habitability and Premises Liability
  • Toxic Tort and Products Liability

Professional Background

Mr. Rasmussen is an experienced attorney with a practice focused primarily on general liability, toxic tort, and environmental litigation.  Mr. Rasmussen handles high exposure personal injury and property matters as well as a wide range of general liability matters.  In addition, Mr. Rasmussen litigates and resolves complex, multi-party toxic tort and environmental matters.  Mr. Rasmussen is a seasoned attorney in all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation, discovery, motion practice, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals.

Mr. Rasmussen’s toxic tort practice includes defense of claims of occupational exposure, environmental exposure, and exposure in the home to dangerous toxic substances.  Mr. Rasmussen has handled matters involving alleged exposure to benzene, asbestos, dioxins, pesticides, silica, lead paint, mold, formaldehyde, mercury VOC’s, PCB’s, hexavalent chromium, and numerous other toxins.  Mr. Rasmussen has handled matters wherein toxic substance exposure has allegedly caused Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Aplastic Anemia, Bronchiolitis Obliterans, Interstitial Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pneumoconiosis, Silicosis, Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, and numerous other diseases and conditions.

Mr. Rasmussen’s environmental practice includes defending both private and public entities in high-stakes cost recovery and enforcement matters, especially those brought under CERCLA, HSAA, RCRA and common law theories.  Mr. Rasmussen has represented clients in matters involving Superfund sites, manufacturing facilities, commercial developments, dry cleaner sites, chemical distribution and recycling centers, industrial ports, and landfills.  In addition, Mr. Rasmussen has prosecuted CERCLA, HSAA, RCRA and common law claims through litigation and mediation to obtain reimbursement for past environmental cleanup costs and allocation of future liability.

Education

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Bachelor of Science in Management 1990
  • Loyola Law School, JD, 1998

Admissions and Memberships

  • California State Bar, 1998
  • United States District Court, 1998
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Environmental section