Valley Air District’s Former Chief Counsel Joins Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP

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Phil Jay to Provide Clients with Vast Expertise in Environmental Laws & Regulations, Firm Says

Phil Jay, former chief counsel for the Valley Air District, joins Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP

Phil brings an outstanding reputation and first rate expertise that will greatly enhance our service to clients located in California and nationally.

In a move that elevates its rapidly growing environmental practice, the law firm of Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP (KSC) today announced that Phil Jay – former chief counsel for the eight-county San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District from 1993 to 2011 – has become of counsel to the firm.

“We are very pleased that Phil has become part of our team,” said managing partner George Soares. “Phil brings an outstanding reputation and first rate expertise that will greatly enhance our service to clients located in California and nationally.”

In his new role, Phil will assist clients in navigating the legal and governmental complexities associated with air quality, land use, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and much more, according to Soares.

“We also expect Phil to benefit clients in government related litigation, labor law, civil rights violations and civil litigation, using experience he gained as legal counsel for Fresno and Madera counties before joining the Valley Air District,” he said.

Jan Kahn, a founding member of the firm, added: “Our clients are increasingly requiring assistance in the evolving world of environmental law. Phil’s addition to the firm complements our existing strengths and commitment to this important area.”

In 2003, KSC, in partnership with Jim Wells, former director for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, formed Environmental Solutions Group, LLC to assist clients in addressing pesticide, and air and water quality issues.

About Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP: KSC is a full-service law firm with an extensive and diverse clientele. Representative clients include numerous private associations, international and publicly traded corporations, state commissions and boards, chemical manufacturers, city government, hospitals, land developers and construction contractors. The firm presently consists of fifteen attorneys, three governmental advocates, and an extensive administrative staff. With offices in Sacramento and Hanford, California, the firm represents clients at both the state and national levels. The firm litigates before state and federal trial and appellate courts in California and other states, and regularly appears before the California State Legislature and numerous state and federal administrative agencies. For more information, please visit


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