Lynn L. Bergeson P’14
Lynn L. Bergeson is Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), a Washington, D.C. firm concentrating on conventional, nanoscale, and biobased chemicals and chemical products.
She has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology and other emerging transformative technologies. Her knowledge of and involvement in the policy process allows her to develop client-focused strategies whether advocating before Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or other governance and standard-setting bodies.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Bergeson has counseled corporations, trade associations, and business consortia on a wide range of issues pertaining to chemical hazard, exposure and risk assessment, risk communication, and minimizing legal liability, particularly with respect to TSCA, FIFRA, Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), REACH, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. Her clients include industrial chemical manufacturers and processors, and agrochemical and biocidal manufacturers and formulators.
Ms. Bergeson served as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and has served in many Section leadership positions. She served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and is on the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Advisory Board, among other business and law organizations, and lectures and writes frequently on legal, regulatory, and science policy issues. She is on the editorial board for “Nanotechnology Law and Business,” “The Environmental Forum,” “Pesticide & Toxic Chemical News,” “Environmental Quality Management,” “Chemical Processing,” and “Pollution Prevention Review,” among others, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, Bar Association of the District of Columbia, American Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and The Cosmos Club.
Her rankings and recognitions include: 2011 inductee, American College of Environmental Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in America (2009); Chambers USA: Environmental Law (2005 - 2013); International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers (2004 - 2013); Law360’s Five Most Admired Environmental Attorneys (2010); Super Lawyers (2012).
Ms. Bergeson is also President of The Acta Group, B&C’s scientific and regulatory consulting arm, which assists chemical and product manufacturers in marketing and sustaining their products globally, and President of B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C., which helps the chemical industry leverage resources and maximize impact by forming consortia to achieve shared research, testing, regulatory, and access goals.
According to Chambers USA Guide 2012: “The universally highly regarded Lynn Bergeson has a solid reputation in chemical and pesticide regulatory work, with particular expertise in nanotechnology. Peers predict that she is set to become ‘one of the most important lawyers in America.’”
Lynn resides in Chevy Chase with her partner, Ingrid Hansen. Together, they are parents to Claire Hansen ’14, and Lorentz Lillian Hansen, NYU ’17.