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Earl L. Hagstrom

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Environmental Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum
500 Washington Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-397-9006
Fax: 415-397-1339
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004
Licensed in California Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Environmental Litigation (70%), Environmental (20%), Energy & Natural Resources (10%)
Attorney Profile
Earl L. Hagström co-chairs the Environmental Litigation Team at Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum.  With 27 years of experience defending clients in environmental, citizen suit, and toxic tort litigation Earl is uniquely equipped to assist clients in solving the complex legal and scientific issues that arise in such cases.  Not only is he ranked in the top 5% of Northern California environmental attorneys, his experience includes two degrees in geology and more than eight years working as an exploration and development geologist on oil rigs in Alaska, California, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Gulf Coast.
Earl earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1990 where he served as President and Public Program Director for the Environmental Law Society; was nominated for an American Jurisprudence Award in California Land Use Planning; and was named Best Oralist, Pace University National Environmental Moot Court Competition.  In 1978 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Master of Science degree in Sedimentation and Stratigraphy where his thesis was funded by a United States Naval Grant and he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  In 1976 he earned a B.A. in geology from Boston University where he was a Student Senator and Chair of the Boston University delegation to the Harvard Model United Nations Program. 

Earl is frequently invited to share his insights through public speaking engagements and published articles.  Some recent subjects he has covered include the legal and economic issues related to PFOAs and PFASs; liabilities associated with produced water; and ethical considerations for environmental law practitioners.

About Earl L. Hagstrom

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Arbitrator for San Francisco Department of Human Health Services, Homeless Program


  • Catellus Development v. USA, (828 F. Supp. 764 N.D. Cal. 1993).Catellus Deveolpment v. USA,  ( 34 F.3d 748 9th Cir. 1994)


  • ABA Certificate of Excellence: Urban Government Section (1990)Best Oralist National Environmental Moot Court Competition ( 1990)American Jurisprudence (nom.) California Land Use Planning (1990)

Educational Background

  • JD - University of San Francisco School of Law: 1990MS - University of Rhode Island ( Sedimentation snd Stratigraphy): 1978BA - Boston University ( Geology): 1976

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Executive Board Member: Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental and Water Law Section;San Francsico Bay Planning Coalition National Ground Water AssociationCalifornia Ground Water AssociationCalifornia Manufacturers Association Environmental Quality Steering Committee
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Office Location for Earl L. Hagstrom

500 Washington Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111

Last Updated: 9/2/2021

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