Ms. Botha is a Partner at Brown & Winters and focuses her practice on environmental insurance recovery, insurance archaeology, and coverage litigation. She has extensive experience in state and federal environmental cost recovery litigation and regulatory proceedings. She has represented public entities for approximately 17 years.
In her environmental insurance practice, she successfully procures historical insurance through insurance archaeology for her clients. She obtains coverage under those policies for legal or regulatory claims arising from legacy pollution or other long-tail liabilities. Her experience is extensive in coverage litigation in southern and northern California. She has been instrumental in settling many claims with insurers. Her comprehensive expertise in these areas contributed to successfully securing substantial insurance proceeds for environmental pollution of one of the largest ports in the United States.
Ms. Botha also practices in environmental cost recovery litigation and regulatory proceedings pertaining to various contaminated boatyards, shipyards, and marinas for ports and cities. Her experience includes other environmental components, including contaminated landfills, soil and groundwater, and municipal storm drains.
Ms. Botha is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and Southern and Northern District Courts of California.
She is a 1999 graduate of California Western School of Law and obtained a B.Sc. undergraduate and B.Sc. Honors postgraduate degree from the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in Biochemistry and Marine Biology. She is fluent in both Afrikaans and English.