Devon Downs concentrates her practice in environmental, health and safety (EHS) enforcement matters, and crisis management and workplace incident response involving federal and California laws. Devon routinely advises clients in connection with inspections by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) in response to workplace incidents or employee complaints. She has worked with several refineries in connection with Cal/OSHA's recently implemented process safety Program Quality Verification (PQV) inspections.
Devon has supported the response to multiple major workplace accident investigations by US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and national Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). She counsels companies on post-incident evidence and site control processes and other aspects of government investigations. As part of responding to incidents, she works with clients to assess their process safety management compliance, integrity management practices, due diligence and other aspects of EHS performance. Devon also is experienced in general civil litigation and employment law, and she has counseled clients regarding trial and appellate strategy, taken and defended expert and lay depositions, and prepared and argued dispositive motions before the court.
Shown below is a selection of Devon’s engagements.