Member Information

Peter Hsiao

King & Spalding LLP

633 West Fifth Street, Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA90071

Peter Hsiao has 38 years of experience as a first-chair environmental trial lawyer, drawing upon his science background as a chemical engineer. He was named Environmental Litigation Attorney of the Year in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers in America, one of 16 lawyers named as an ABA Distinguished Environmental Advocate, and one of seven lawyers in the U.S. designated as a Global Leader in Environmental Law by Who's Who Legal. The National Law Journal identifies him as a Trailblazer in Energy and Environmental Law, and he is named by Chambers, Legal 500 and Super Lawyers as one of the nations best environmental lawyers. Peter is a partner at King & Spalding, LLP resident in Los Angeles and head of its west coast Environmental, Health & Safety Practice. He previously served as senior trial lawyer for the Justice Department as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, representing EPA and other agencies, and received the Justice Departments Special Commendation Award, the U.S. Attorneys Office Special Achievement Award, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Golden Eagle Award. He served as a member of the ABA's Standing Committee on Environmental Law and Chair of the State Bar of California's Environmental Law Section.

Work Phone:
(213) 443-4379

EPA Region:
Region 9 - (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and certain territories)
Regent status:
Chair, Board of Regents
Year of induction:
J.D. University of California, Berkeley 1985; B.S. Chemical Enginering (magna cum laude), University of Utah 1982
California 1985
Court Admissions:
U.S. Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; all U.S. District Courts in California; California State Courts
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources; Life Fellow of American Bar Foundation; State Bar of California, former member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Chemical Society; past-President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice
Other Environmental Career Experience:
U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California for Environment and Natural Resources matters
Representative Publications:
Co-Editor and author, California Environmental Law Handbook (Government Institutes); Editor of ABA Trends, newsletter of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy and Resources
Illustrative Projects:
Owens Lake air pollution control project, winner of EPA Clean Air Award
Citations of Major Published Cases:
Hall Street Associates v. Mattel, 552 U.S. 576 (2008)