Rebecca A. Thompson

Rebecca Thompson Partner and Chair of the Real Estate and Environmental Law Department of Gaines & Stacey LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning, environmental law,  related litigation and political advocacy.  The firm, which has offices in Encino and Newport Beach, California, provides counsel and services to developers, governmental agencies, community groups and individuals related to real estate and general business issues.

Ms. Thompson is an environmental law and real estate specialist, and has handled hundreds of matters during her distinguished legal and environmental advocacy career.  She concentrates her practice in a variety of areas, including Federal and State environmental compliance issues, real property purchase and sale transactions, leasing, and other real estate related matters.

Mrs. Thompson handles a variety of projects, including: development projects involving soil and groundwater contamination; the negotiation of real property purchase and sale agreements; the negotiation of leasing agreements and advice on landlord and tenant obligations; litigation matters involving easements and property boundary disputes; litigation groundwater remediation cases including CERCLA, RCRA and common law claims; and environmental due diligence.

Ms. Thompson is admitted to practice before the California State Bar, and various Federal Courts including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts. Ms. Thompson has been on the Board of Directors for the Valley Community Healthcare, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association – Environmental Law Section.   Ms. Thompson has written on various real estate and environmental issues, including  “Come Clean – Owner Must Notify Appropriate Parties of Contamination,” “Fund Raising – Legislative Relief for Underground Storage Tank Cleanup,” and several other publications.

A native of Southern California, Ms. Thompson obtained her bachelor of arts degree in Economics from University of Southern California.  She also studied Economics in Cambridge England.  She then received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.  Prior to her partnership at Gaines & Stacey, LLP, Ms. Thompson was an associate with the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory.

Legal Employment:

2000 – Present
Gaines & Stacey LLP
Encino, California
Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

1997 – 2000
Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory
Los Angeles, California
Senior Associate specializing in environmental and real estate matters, including environmental compliance, brownfield developments, environmental due diligence and real estate and corporate transactions.

1995 – 1997
Reznik & Reznik, A Law Corporation
Sherman Oaks, California
Associate in the firm’s Environmental Law and Real Estate Transactions Departments.

1993 – 1995
McClintock, Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish
Los Angeles, California
Associate specializing in environmental and commercial litigation.

Professional Employment:

1987 – 1989
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, D.C.
Manager, Congressional Hearings Office

1984 – 1987
GTE California
Thousand Oaks, California
Government Affairs Representative

1982 – 1984
Getty Oil Company
Los Angeles, California
Research Analyst


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, 1995-present.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Hazardous Substances Subcommittee, Chair, 1999-2000.
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Water Quality Subcommittee, Chair, 2001-2002.
  • Valley Industry and Commerce Association,Board of Directors, 1996-1998.
  • Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Environment and Water Committee, Chair, 1996-1998.


Rebecca A. Thompson, “Come Clean – Owner Must Notify Appropriate Parties of Contamination,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 24, 1997

Rebecca A. Thompson, “Fund Raising – Legislative Relief for Underground Storage Tank Cleanup,”
Los Angeles Daily Journal, January 24, 1997

Rebecca A. Thompson and J. Kamenir-Reznik, “Clean Slate,”
Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, November 1996

Rebecca A. Thompson and A. Kheel, “Congress, States Move to Exempt Lenders and Fiduciaries From Contamination Liability,”
Real Estate/Environmental Liability News, November 1, 1996

Rebecca A. Thompson and G. Sonnenberg, “Mistakes in Loan Administration Can Result in Lender Liability for Contaminated Property,”
16 CEB Real Property Law Reporter, April 1993