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Cascadia Law Group - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A first-class team, lauded for its expert handling of all aspects of environmental law, including air and water quality, endangered species matters, energy, hazardous waste and climate change. Further noted for its complementary land use practice and extensive experience advising on brownfield transactions. Also lauded for its adept representation of public and private clients in environmental cost recovery litigation, natural resource damages claims, permit appeals and enforcement actions before all levels of court.

Strengths This "very well-respected boutique" is particularly commended for its contaminated site work, with sources describing it as "one of the best firms in town."

Notable practitioners

Rodney Brown enjoys a formidable reputation in the field, with sources noting that "he commands the respect of everyone" for "the different roles he has played in Washington and nationally." He is highly rated for his expertise in hazardous waste, climate change and pollution control, and he is further commended for his excellent experience as a mediator.

Joshua Lipsky has substantial experience assisting companies and municipalities with hazardous waste cleanups, including at federal Superfund sites. He also offers expertise in water quality permitting and natural resources damages claims.

Tisha Pagalilauan is well regarded for her adept handling of hazardous waste and water quality issues. She regularly advises companies on environmental liability in M&A and real estate transactions. One source enthuses: "She is a sensational lawyer, really smart and very efficient."

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Perkins Coie LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for A leader in the market, renowned for the breadth and depth of its environment practice. Substantial experience in environmental and natural resources litigation, contaminated site remediation, project permitting and development, and regulatory compliance. Expertise cuts across sectors, including energy, transportation and aerospace, and covers matters spanning water and air quality, climate change and waste management. Draws upon the firm's integrated national platform to represent multinational corporations throughout the USA.

Strengths Sources enthuse over the team's "outstanding performance, expertise and ability to effectively and efficiently communicate," with others adding: "They are first-rate - smart and extremely diligent."

Interviewees recommend the firm's "well-rounded practice" as well as its extensive reach, as sources note: "They cover the national territory very well."

Work highlights Assisted Weyerhaeuser with the investigation and remediation of a number of contaminated sites across the USA.

Acted for Mt. Baker Housing Association in obtaining a Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree which provides direct funding from the Department of Ecology for use in cleaning up historic contamination at an urban property.

Notable practitioners

Charles Blumenfeld is a seasoned practitioner with decades of experience in environmental law. He has deep expertise in state and federal permitting and enforcement matters, and he is sought after for his advice on remediation of contaminated sites. One impressed interviewee says: “He is one of the best environmental lawyers I have ever worked with.”

Labeled a "superstar," Mark Schneider operates a market-leading environmental litigation practice. One particularly impressed client says: "He absolutely is one of the best lawyers I have worked with. He is an effective communicator, pragmatic in his approach to issues and the development of strategy, and is able to think proactively. He is much more than an adviser, he is a member of our team and shares our passions and objectives."

John Iani is well respected for his adept handling of environmental issues arising in the energy, fisheries and natural resources sectors. Sources highlight his prior experience as EPA regional administrator and comment: "Based on his skill set and experience, he is well qualified to provide regulatory advice and handle public policy work."

Karen McGaffey is national chair of the environmental, energy and resources practice and enjoys a solid reputation as a "high-quality lawyer." She is particularly sought after for her in-depth knowledge of climate change and energy project development. She is also frequently mandated to provide guidance on environmental permitting, litigation and regulatory matters.

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With more than 100 environment and natural resources attorneys in offices across the United States, our attorneys provide comprehensive counsel to clients navigating the complex statutory and regulatory framework of environmental and natural resource law. We advise, we litigate, and we help shape environmental policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Our team has the experience, depth and breadth to address any environmental or natural resource issue confronting our clients, serving a wide range of industries.

Our Washington team Washington is known for its work involving contaminated site remediation and litigation, project development and permitting, and compliance counseling.

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Stoel Rives LLP - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A top player in the market, acclaimed for the depth and breadth of its experience in natural resources and environmental litigation. Notable expertise with endangered species matters, air quality and permitting, contaminated site cleanup and development projects. Regularly acts on behalf of oil and gas developers, energy companies, industry associations and ports. Further noted for its increasingly strong practice in the fisheries sector, regularly assisting clients with regulatory and litigation matters across the Pacific Coast.

Strengths The firm receives strong praise from sources, who say: "Stoel Rives is one of the best-qualified environmental firms in the region by a wide margin. Given their qualifications and experience, their clients can be confident in their ability to deliver favorable outcomes."

One client enthuses: "The attorneys provide excellent legal counsel and problem-solving when dealing with tricky regulatory settings. I value their technical expertise and their business sense, and that they are practical problem solvers who focus on their clients’ needs."

Work highlights Defended Portland General Electric in a Clean Water Act citizen suit brought by a nonprofit conservation organization pertaining to a hydropower facility on the Deschutes River.

Successfully represented United Cook Inlet Drift Association before the Ninth Circuit in challenging an amendment to a federal fishery management plan which deferred management to the State of Alaska.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Jeffrey Leppo is widely admired as an "exceptional natural resources and environmental law litigator." He has a wealth of experience advising industry trade associations and corporations, particularly in the energy and fisheries sectors. His expertise covers permitting, regulatory and litigation matters relating to climate change, wildlife and natural resources.

Matthew Cohen has standout expertise in Clean Air Act matters. One client enthuses: "He is the single best and most reliable environmental attorney practicing in this state. Through participation on advisory committees, he has had a hand in writing nearly every air quality regulation currently in effect in the state. He maintains excellent working relationships founded in trust with the agencies."

Beth Ginsberg is a prominent figure in the market with well-established experience in natural resources and wildlife litigation matters. She is also commended for her expert guidance on regulatory compliance and permitting issues. She receives high praise from sources, who say she is a "phenomenal lawyer" and a "very talented litigator."

Thomas Newlon offers in-depth knowledge of hazardous waste management, brownfield redevelopment, contaminated sediments and aquatic cleanups. He is further commended for his expert guidance on permitting for marine and aviation expansion projects.

Ryan Steen is forging a solid reputation for his environmental regulatory and litigation practice. Billed by peers as "a rising star with great litigation skills," he is also commended by clients for his "particular expertise in the fisheries sector" and his "irreplaceable expertise in offshore energy law."

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We offer sophisticated compliance counseling, permitting, and regulatory development. Our environmental and natural resource lawyers incorporate prior agency experience, technical acumen and industry knowledge into their legal advice.

We represent leading national and regional oil and gas companies and industry associations, as well as fisheries, ports, industrial manufacturers, data centers, utilities, energy facilities, and public infrastructures, in matters concerning environmental regulation of offshore leasing, exploration and development, with emphasis on aspects of climate change, endangered species and marine mammals. Our litigation successes include landmark decisions.

Among the services the group provides are:

  • Arctic Law
  • Climate Change
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Land Use
  • Permitting
  • Endangered and Protected Species

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Talented group, particularly commended for its experience advising clients on environmental risk analysis and compliance, project development, permitting and government investigations. Expertise with federal and state Superfund laws, hazardous waste audits, brownfield redevelopment, and air and water quality issues arising from energy projects and fish processing activities. Clients include real estate developers, public entities and industry heavyweights in the telecommunications and oil and gas sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "top-notch performance" and draw attention to its "expertise, efficiency, clear communication and credibility in the market."

Work highlights Prevailed on behalf of Pope Resources in a contribution action against the Department of Natural Resources over liability for Puget Sound's Port Gamble Bay cleanup. The decision was appealed before the Washington Supreme Court.

Assisted Altino Properties with the implementation of a settlement agreement at a federal Superfund site on Lake Washington and acted on its behalf in its negotiation with the EPA for a final remedy.

Notable practitioners

Lynn Manolopoulos is a well-respected environmental lawyer with notable experience in contaminated site redevelopment, permitting and cost recovery litigation. Clients highlight her ability to draw upon her background in chemical engineering and say: "It is very difficult to find someone who is technically proficient, has great drafting skills, great communication skills and presence. Lynn has all of that."

David Ubaldi is an accomplished practitioner, frequently sought after for his environmental litigation expertise. He has significant experience representing clients in natural resource damage claims, Clean Water Act citizen suits and insurance coverage litigation.

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Marten Law PLLC - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique, with experience in all aspects of environmental and energy law. Sought out by clients for environmental review, permitting and litigation. Strong expertise in climate change, alternative energy, air and water quality, fisheries and hazardous waste. Active handling large contaminated site cleanups across the USA.

Strengths Interviewees are quick to highlight the team's "very high quality," with one noting: "Everyone I have dealt with at the firm has been fantastic. Across the board they have been extremely knowledgeable, patient, strategic, efficient and focused."

Others add: "They are solutions-oriented, very responsive, and grasp complicated issues and situations very quickly."

Work highlights Acted for the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County in New Mexico on a federal lawsuit filed against the US Department of Defense and the National Guard Bureau seeking cost recovery over a federal Superfund site cleanup.

Defended CH2M against enforcement actions brought by the Washington Department of Ecology in relation to the Hanford nuclear site cleanup.

Notable practitioners

Bradley Marten is a distinguished authority in the market and is considered by commentators to be "a genius in the environmental field." He has longstanding experience acting as environmental counsel for private sector companies, municipalities and NGOs. He acts as managing partner of the firm.

Jeff Kray possesses excellent experience in water resources law. He expertly advises public and private clients on regulatory, permitting and litigation matters arising under the Clean Water Act. He is further noted for his work in Superfund site remediations.

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Foster Pepper PLLC - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established practice centered on dealing with the environmental issues related to the development of commercial, industrial and residential projects. Expertise in a wide range of matters, including air and water quality, brownfields and contaminated property, endangered species and waste management. Further noted for its extensive litigation experience, regularly representing clients in enforcement actions, citizen suits and insurance disputes.

Strengths Commentators praise the team's excellent performance and state: "They understand the issues, have tremendous experience, have good negotiating and communication skills, work to find solutions acceptable to both sides, and as a result keep the legal fees within reason."

Others report: "They are practical and keep the client well informed."

Work highlights Successfully defended Kiewit against a potential Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Clean Water Act citizen suit.

Advised the Washington State Convention Center on environmental management issues related to a $1 billion expansion project in downtown Seattle, including coordination of environmental reimbursement costs, regulatory compliance and regulatory closure strategies.

Notable practitioners

Lori Terry Gregory maintains an excellent reputation as "one of the best Clean Water Act lawyers in the state." She is adept at defending clients against citizen suits and enforcement actions. Sources highlight her "superb knowledge base across water quality issues" and her commitment to clients: "I can speak from first-hand experience that she does not back down and is a tough negotiator."

Kenneth Lederman provides expert guidance on contaminated site remediation and redevelopment as well as on environmental issues arising in real estate transactions. Clients appreciate his forthright approach, describing him as "intelligent, honest and straightforward."

About the Team (content provided by Foster Pepper PLLC)

In the complex, rapidly changing world of environmental law, experience is critical for our clients when selecting legal representation. Foster Pepper’s environmental attorneys have devoted their careers to understanding and interpreting the nuances of this vast area, and advise clients on a wide range of federal and state regulatory, compliance, enforcement, permitting, siting and legislative matters. 

Our attorneys have years of experience addressing environmental issues associated with the most complex projects in the region, which gives our attorneys a unique ability to solve our clients’ problems in a practical and efficient manner. When necessary, all of our environmental attorneys have extensive litigation experience in various administrative forums and in trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the region.

Our attorneys focus in the areas of:

  • Air Quality
  • Brownfields and Contaminated Property
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Environmental Enforcement and Citizen-Suit Actions​
  • Environmental Litigation
  • SEPA/NEPA
  • Solid Waste
  • Water Quality
  • Water Rights

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Nossaman LLP - Environment Department

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What the team is known for Wins recognition for its increasingly strong reputation in the market. Routinely assists clients with the full gamut of environmental matters, including contaminated site remediation and resolution of natural resource damage claims as well as compliance and litigation relating to air and water quality, wildlife conservation and fisheries management. Broad client base includes real estate developers, nonprofits and companies in the oil and gas, forestry and fishing sectors.

Strengths Interviewees particularly appreciate the team's client-centric approach: "They are accessible, open to client input and able to convey a strategy that everyone understands."

Others highlight its efficiency and mention the lawyers' "straightforward responses" and "effectiveness in court."

Work highlights Represented Contanda Terminals in an appeal before the Washington Supreme Court relating to permitting for a crude oil storage terminal.

Represented commercial fishing companies in litigation over the reopening of closed fishing grounds in the Aleutian Islands.

Notable practitioners

Svend Brandt-Erichsen garners praise for his adept handling of environmental matters in energy and natural resources projects. His practice covers permitting, compliance and litigation in relation to air, water, wildlife and waste issues. One client notes: "He is extremely knowledgeable, calm in crisis situations and practical in his advice," while another adds: "When I go to court, I want Svend. He is outstanding."

Commentators consider Linda Larson to be a "luminary" in environmental law and note she is "really well known for her work in the fisheries industry." She has extensive experience as a litigator and regularly handles marine resources, endangered species and hazardous waste matters. She is also noted for her appellate and mediation experience.

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Van Ness Feldman LLP - Environment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong group, well versed in municipal, state and federal environmental permitting, particularly for energy infrastructure projects. Notable expertise in climate change, air and water quality, endangered species, natural resources and hazardous waste matters. Regularly represents energy developers, recreational marine industries, ports and municipalities. Notably supported by a robust land use practice.

Strengths One client finds the lawyers to be "terrific partners," explaining: "They have helped us keep a wide range of stakeholders - suppliers, regulators, municipalities and the public - satisfied with the program we are operating."

Work highlights Assisted the Port of Kalama with environmental review and air, water and land use permitting for the development of a new dock and methanol processing facility.

Represented the North Slope Borough in two lawsuits challenging the listing of the bearded and ringed seals as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Love is a distinguished practitioner who evokes praise for his experience in environmental permitting and litigation involving endangered species and water quality issues. He is further highlighted for his standout expertise in Native American law. Market commentators deem him to be "fantastic."

Marlys Palumbo operates a robust environmental regulatory practice and is well versed in dealing with transactions involving contaminated properties. One source says: "She is very knowledgeable, diplomatic, strategic, intelligent and responsive. Having her on our side gives our communications and claims the additional weight of having a credible local advocate on our side."

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its high-quality work on Superfund cleanup, remediation and litigation, as well as on water quality issues, Clean Air Act permitting, compliance and enforcement defense. Also commended for its strategic guidance on environmental risks related to corporate and real property transactions. Particularly experienced acting for clients in the energy, manufacturing and aerospace sectors.

Strengths One impressed client reports: "I most value the regular communication that includes all of the current and relevant information as well as analysis and recommendation for all decisions that we must make."

Work highlights Acted for Nippon Paper on the investigation, marine sediment cleanup and natural resource damage negotiations pertaining to the Western Port Angeles Harbor site.

Assisted Portland General Electric with compliance review and regulatory approval for a habitat restoration project related to the Portland Harbor cleanup.

Notable practitioners

Harry Grant offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of environmental matters including air quality issues, enforcement actions and federal and state cleanups. One interviewee comments: "He has an excellent grasp of the legal and environmental issues at stake and he is very cognizant of the impact of various cleanup proposals on costs that our companies may incur."

About the Team (content provided by Fox Rothschild LLP)

Fox Rothschild’s Environmental Practice provides a broad range of legal services for clients in a rapidly changing area of the law. Bolstered by a group of versatile attorneys with detailed knowledge of science, regulations and environmental case law, Fox knows how to work, negotiate and litigate on behalf of our clients. Fox’s Seattle office opened in May 2017 through a merger with Riddell Williams. It includes attorneys with detailed knowledge of Washington State and federal environmental laws. Our Seattle attorneys have represented and advised companies on Clean Air and Clean Water Act issues, utility project development, brownfields reclamation projects and complex Superfund remediation actions. We also advise clients on structuring business transactions involving environmental constraints, environmental components of stock and asset transactions and financings. Whether they face complex litigation involving issues like toxic torts or air pollution, seeking to “green” for efficiency, looking for energy and utility advice, or buying or selling a business or property, clients count on Fox attorneys for rock solid advice. Our environmental law attorneys handle a wide array of matters, including environmental litigation, transactions, due diligence, permitting, sustainable “green” development, compliance and enforcement.


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K&L Gates - Environment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team recognized for its adept handling of contaminated site matters, guiding parties through investigation, cleanup and cost allocation processes. Also highlighted for its expertise in air and water quality and its advice on land use and permitting. Frequently sought after by local governments, transportation companies and energy corporations. Further noted for its understanding of tribal law matters.

Strengths One happy client reports: "We chose them due to their environmental law and government relations expertise, particularly involving Superfunds," adding: "They certainly provide quality legal advice but I most appreciate their ability to provide practical guidance to implement that legal advice."

Work highlights Represented King County in the cleanup cost allocation process for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site.

Advised Nestlé on water rights, land use and strategic permitting in relation to its search for the siting of a spring water bottling facility.

Notable practitioners

Ankur Tohan has been active building a robust environmental practice, covering water and air quality, endangered species and contaminated sites matters. One happy client reports: "He has a very collaborative style. He also is a strong strategic thinker and strikes a good balance between advising us of legal risks, listening to our objectives and adjusting the strategy to meet those objectives."

Craig Trueblood is well versed in natural resources, land use and environmental law. He is regularly mandated by public and private sector clients to advise on air and water quality, climate change and Superfund issues. He is endorsed by interviewees, who find him to be "very talented."

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Senior Statesmen

Charles Blumenfeld

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Blumenfeld is a seasoned practitioner with decades of experience in environmental law. He has deep expertise in state and federal permitting and enforcement matters, and he is sought after for his advice on remediation of contaminated sites. One impressed interviewee says: “He is one of the best environmental lawyers I have ever worked with.”

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Senior Statesmen

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior statesman Jeffrey Leppo is widely admired as an "exceptional natural resources and environmental law litigator." He has a wealth of experience advising industry trade associations and corporations, particularly in the energy and fisheries sectors. His expertise covers permitting, regulatory and litigation matters relating to climate change, wildlife and natural resources.

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Star Individuals

Cascadia Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Rodney Brown enjoys a formidable reputation in the field, with sources noting that "he commands the respect of everyone" for "the different roles he has played in Washington and nationally." He is highly rated for his expertise in hazardous waste, climate change and pollution control, and he is further commended for his excellent experience as a mediator.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Cohen has standout expertise in Clean Air Act matters. One client enthuses: "He is the single best and most reliable environmental attorney practicing in this state. Through participation on advisory committees, he has had a hand in writing nearly every air quality regulation currently in effect in the state. He maintains excellent working relationships founded in trust with the agencies."

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Beth Ginsberg is a prominent figure in the market with well-established experience in natural resources and wildlife litigation matters. She is also commended for her expert guidance on regulatory compliance and permitting issues. She receives high praise from sources, who say she is a "phenomenal lawyer" and a "very talented litigator."

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Joyce Ziker Parkinson PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "talented" William Joyce of Joyce Ziker Parkinson PLLC is held in high esteem for his work in brownfield redevelopment, cleanup cost recovery and natural resource damage litigation as well as groundwater and sediment remediation. He is widely acknowledged by peers as a top choice for environmental mediation.

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Marten Law PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradley Marten is a distinguished authority in the market and is considered by commentators to be "a genius in the environmental field." He has longstanding experience acting as environmental counsel for private sector companies, municipalities and NGOs. He acts as managing partner of the firm.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Labeled a "superstar," Mark Schneider operates a market-leading environmental litigation practice. One particularly impressed client says: "He absolutely is one of the best lawyers I have worked with. He is an effective communicator, pragmatic in his approach to issues and the development of strategy, and is able to think proactively. He is much more than an adviser, he is a member of our team and shares our passions and objectives."

^ See whole ranking table

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Svend Brandt-Erichsen

Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Svend Brandt-Erichsen garners praise for his adept handling of environmental matters in energy and natural resources projects. His practice covers permitting, compliance and litigation in relation to air, water, wildlife and waste issues. One client notes: "He is extremely knowledgeable, calm in crisis situations and practical in his advice," while another adds: "When I go to court, I want Svend. He is outstanding."

^ See whole ranking table

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Beveridge & Diamond PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "exceptional" Loren Dunn of Beveridge & Diamond PC is a well-known environmental litigator lauded for his excellent experience in citizen suits, natural resource damage claims and enforcement actions. He offers notable strength in Superfund matters, one source noting: "He is viewed as somebody who can lead in very large cleanups."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Iani is well respected for his adept handling of environmental issues arising in the energy, fisheries and natural resources sectors. Sources highlight his prior experience as EPA regional administrator and comment: "Based on his skill set and experience, he is well qualified to provide regulatory advice and handle public policy work."

^ See whole ranking table

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Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators consider Linda Larson to be a "luminary" in environmental law and note she is "really well known for her work in the fisheries industry." She has extensive experience as a litigator and regularly handles marine resources, endangered species and hazardous waste matters. She is also noted for her appellate and mediation experience.

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Cascadia Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Lipsky has substantial experience assisting companies and municipalities with hazardous waste cleanups, including at federal Superfund sites. He also offers expertise in water quality permitting and natural resources damages claims.

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Love is a distinguished practitioner who evokes praise for his experience in environmental permitting and litigation involving endangered species and water quality issues. He is further highlighted for his standout expertise in Native American law. Market commentators deem him to be "fantastic."

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Lynn T Manolopoulos

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynn Manolopoulos is a well-respected environmental lawyer with notable experience in contaminated site redevelopment, permitting and cost recovery litigation. Clients highlight her ability to draw upon her background in chemical engineering and say: "It is very difficult to find someone who is technically proficient, has great drafting skills, great communication skills and presence. Lynn has all of that."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen McGaffey is national chair of the environmental, energy and resources practice and enjoys a solid reputation as a "high-quality lawyer." She is particularly sought after for her in-depth knowledge of climate change and energy project development. She is also frequently mandated to provide guidance on environmental permitting, litigation and regulatory matters.

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Michael Nesteroff

Lane Powell PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Nesteroff of Lane Powell PC is regularly mandated to assist with contaminated site investigations, cleanups and cost recovery litigation across the Pacific Northwest. One client enthuses: "He has an excellent understanding of technical issues," while another asserts: "He is pragmatic, gets to the heart of the matter and is very strategic in his approach."

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Newlon offers in-depth knowledge of hazardous waste management, brownfield redevelopment, contaminated sediments and aquatic cleanups. He is further commended for his expert guidance on permitting for marine and aviation expansion projects.

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Lori Terry Gregory

Foster Pepper PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lori Terry Gregory maintains an excellent reputation as "one of the best Clean Water Act lawyers in the state." She is adept at defending clients against citizen suits and enforcement actions. Sources highlight her "superb knowledge base across water quality issues" and her commitment to clients: "I can speak from first-hand experience that she does not back down and is a tough negotiator."

^ See whole ranking table

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Grant offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of environmental matters including air quality issues, enforcement actions and federal and state cleanups. One interviewee comments: "He has an excellent grasp of the legal and environmental issues at stake and he is very cognizant of the impact of various cleanup proposals on costs that our companies may incur."

^ See whole ranking table

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Marten Law PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Kray possesses excellent experience in water resources law. He expertly advises public and private clients on regulatory, permitting and litigation matters arising under the Clean Water Act. He is further noted for his work in Superfund site remediations.

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Foster Pepper PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Lederman provides expert guidance on contaminated site remediation and redevelopment as well as on environmental issues arising in real estate transactions. Clients appreciate his forthright approach, describing him as "intelligent, honest and straightforward."

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Tisha Pagalilauan

Cascadia Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Tisha Pagalilauan is well regarded for her adept handling of hazardous waste and water quality issues. She regularly advises companies on environmental liability in M&A and real estate transactions. One source enthuses: "She is a sensational lawyer, really smart and very efficient."

^ See whole ranking table

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marlys Palumbo operates a robust environmental regulatory practice and is well versed in dealing with transactions involving contaminated properties. One source says: "She is very knowledgeable, diplomatic, strategic, intelligent and responsive. Having her on our side gives our communications and claims the additional weight of having a credible local advocate on our side."

^ See whole ranking table

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Steen is forging a solid reputation for his environmental regulatory and litigation practice. Billed by peers as "a rising star with great litigation skills," he is also commended by clients for his "particular expertise in the fisheries sector" and his "irreplaceable expertise in offshore energy law."

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Band 3

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Ankur Tohan has been active building a robust environmental practice, covering water and air quality, endangered species and contaminated sites matters. One happy client reports: "He has a very collaborative style. He also is a strong strategic thinker and strikes a good balance between advising us of legal risks, listening to our objectives and adjusting the strategy to meet those objectives."

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Band 3

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Trueblood is well versed in natural resources, land use and environmental law. He is regularly mandated by public and private sector clients to advise on air and water quality, climate change and Superfund issues. He is endorsed by interviewees, who find him to be "very talented."

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Band 3

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Ubaldi is an accomplished practitioner, frequently sought after for his environmental litigation expertise. He has significant experience representing clients in natural resource damage claims, Clean Water Act citizen suits and insurance coverage litigation.

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