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USA Guide

Environment — Washington

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第一等

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Market sources identify Cascadia as a "very good locally-focused firm" with an "excellent practice" and "exceptional attorneys."

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Rodney Brown enjoys a stellar reputation in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a very prominent attorney in the area, and is well regarded by lawyers, regulators and environmental groups." He has substantial experience on a wide array of environmental issues, including water quality matters and endangered species issues.

Joshua Lipsky focuses his practice on hazardous waste cleanup matters. He represents industrial companies, commercial businesses and local municipalities in connection with Superfund matters and cost recovery actions. Sources consider him to be "a very solid lawyer."

Tisha Pagalilauan provides advice on hazardous waste and water quality regulatory compliance and litigation, including stormwater violations under the Clean Water Act. She is viewed by interviewees as "a brilliant lawyer" with "great client skills."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers USA guide

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. Well versed in the energy, transportation, aerospace and agribusiness sectors.

Strengths A client reports: "Their performance was excellent. They are extremely intelligent and have great experience. They're easy to work with, and can explain things that non-attorneys can understand."

Work highlights Represented Boeing in connection with a number of contaminated sites across the USA, including the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site in Washington State.

Represented Puget Sound Energy in various matters, including the relicensing of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project and air permitting for its expansion of the Fredonia Generating Facility.

Significant clients Shell Alaska, Chevron, Kaiser Aluminum, Kinder Morgan, Costco Wholesale.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Schneider chairs the firm's energy and environmental litigation group and offers recognized expertise in the full range of contentious matters. Sources deem him to be "among the best when it comes to environmental liability work."

John Iani is noted for his impressive transactional and regulatory practice. He particularly focuses on transactions in the project development, fisheries and natural resources spaces. Clients say: "He does a great job; he helps us understand how regulators tick."

Described by sources as "an outstanding lawyer," Karen McGaffey is well regarded for her work in environmental permitting, litigation and regulatory matters. She offers noted strength in project development matters in the energy sector.

Senior practitioner Charles Blumenfeld advises clients on environmental permitting and enforcement issues, as well as Superfund matters and environmental due diligence pertaining to M&A.

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第一等

From the Chambers USA guide

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. 

Strengths Sources say: "They understand the law, and how the judges are likely to interpret the law."

Another interviewee states: "Everyone is incredibly smart and they all have a great depth of technical expertise, both in terms of the legal side and in terms of the environmental side, and the science of it."

Work highlights Successfully acted for five irrigation districts in defense of a preliminary injunction motion aiming to stop all irrigation in central Oregon. The injunction was brought by Waterwatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity, and was intended to aid the Oregon spotted frog, recently listed as a threatened species.

Acted for the Port of Everett in connection with Superfund cleanup matters relating to the Weyerhaeuser Mill A site.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Arnold Irrigation District, United Cook Inlet Drift Association, Avista.

Notable practitioners  

Ryan Steen offers a broad environmental litigation and permitting practice with expertise in matters pertaining to the natural resources and fisheries sectors. Clients report that "he is very thorough, thinks of very creative strategies and knows the system."

Matthew Cohen is considered by one impressed source to be "the preeminent air quality lawyer in the Northwest." He is experienced in assisting clients with the full range of litigation, permitting and enforcement matters relating to the Clean Air Act.

Beth Ginsberg is a respected environmental litigator with impressive experience on endangered species and natural resources law. She is also noted for her handling of permitting matters and compliance counseling. Sources name her "a great lawyer."

Thomas Newlon offers a broad environmental law practice with a particular focus on brownfield redevelopment and aquatic cleanup matters. Sources say he is "well known for representing port districts, and known to be very creative."

Jeffrey Leppo has extensive experience providing advice on environmental, natural resources and wildlife matters and related litigation. Interviewees label him "an amazing litigator."

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第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Clients are satisfied with the team's performance, saying: "They do a good job, they are very much involved and in touch with the issues, and they are very responsive."

Work highlights Represented Pope Resources in connection with an investigation into, and cleanup of, marine sediments in the Puget Sound's Port Gamble Bay.

Represented Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County in a water rights appeal regarding a proposed hydroelectric project.

Significant clients Altino Properties, Panos Properties, PPG Architectural Coatings Canada, Spic n' Span, Sternoff Family.

Notable practitioners  

Lynn Manolopoulos provides expert advice on environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement, in addition to offering recognized excellence in a connection with permitting, redevelopment and litigation matters. Interviewees note that her background in chemical engineering gives her particular insight into environmental matters.

David Ubaldi centers his practice on environmental litigation and insurance claims. He also advises clients on environmental due diligence and permitting. Clients praise his "commitment and loyalty."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers USA guide

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. 

Work highlights Represented the Seattle Times Company in connection with the environmental aspects of its $18.4 million sale of a downtown Seattle site. The team advised on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters.

Defended NCR, a producer of automated banking systems, in connection with regulatory actions and private lawsuits regarding pollution that allegedly stemmed from its production of carbonless paper.

Significant clients Seattle Times Company, NCR, Jorgensen Forge.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Bradley Marten is a leading figure in the market and is sought out by private companies, NGOs and local governments for his expertise in environmental law. His areas of strength include environmental permitting, litigation and cleanup matters.

Market sources view Jeff Kray as a "very good attorney, very good strategic thinker." He is particularly noted for his strength in the water space, advising on matters such as Clean Water Act permitting and water resources matters. He also handles site remediation.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths One client reports: "Their performance was superior. They have a detailed understanding of the law, of cases and of national trends of the EPA."

Work highlights Represented Monsanto in connection with cleanup and cost recovery matters pertaining to the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site in Seattle.

Represented the City of Yakima on the investigation and cleanup of a hazardous waste site at a former landfill.

Significant clients Spokane County, Perdue Farms, Northwest Dairy Association, DeNovo Properties, City of Port Angeles.

Notable practitioners  

Kenneth Lederman enters the rankings after receiving broad market approval for his Superfund cleanup practice. Sources consider him to be "a very solid attorney."

Lori Terry Gregory has extensive experience assisting clients with environmental regulatory compliance advice and litigation, notably with respect to water quality matters. She is also well regarded for her enforcement defense work. Sources consider her to be "one of the leading water resources attorneys in the state."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

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

Strengths One source notes: "They have a very deep knowledge of the subject matter, which is exceedingly complex."

Clients find the team to be "hard-working, resourceful, creative and fun to work with."

Work highlights Advised United Airlines in connection federal and state air quality compliance and permitting.

Significant clients AIM Aerospace, Puget Sound Energy, Nippon Paper Industries.

Notable practitioners  

Harry Grant offers a broad environmental practice covering litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Sources report that "he is very smart and passionate, and cares about his clients."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Strong group, well versed in municipal, state and federal environmental permitting. Notable expertise in climate change, endangered species, natural resources and hazardous waste matters. Regularly represents energy developers, recreational marine industries, ports and municipalities.

Strengths Commentators say that the team is "very detail-oriented, very responsive, and extremely knowledgeable in the area of hazardous waste."

Work highlights Advised the Alaska Energy Authority in connection with all environmental licensing and permitting matters pertaining to the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, a proposed multibillion-dollar hydroelectric project.

Acted for Cascade Water Alliance, a group of seven municipalities aiming to provide a safe and reliable water supply, in connection with real estate, land use and water law matters. Among other matters, the team assisted the client with the acquisition of the White River-Lake Tapps Reservoir Project.

Significant clients Alaska Energy Authority, Clean Line Energy Partners, Cascade Water Alliance, North Slope Borough.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Love focuses on water quality, endangered species and Native American law matters. Enthused interviewees say: "He is the best in class at what he does." His clients include utilities, renewable energy companies and Native American tribes.

Marlys Palumbo handles a broad range of environmental, energy and natural resources regulatory and transactional matters. One client notes: "Her understanding of the challenges we face is very thorough. Her reputation really goes a long way as well, because her expertise is acknowledged."

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Senior Statesmen

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior practitioner Charles Blumenfeld advises clients on environmental permitting and enforcement issues, as well as Superfund matters and environmental due diligence pertaining to M&A.

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Senior Statesmen

Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Leppo has extensive experience providing advice on environmental, natural resources and wildlife matters and related litigation. Interviewees label him "an amazing litigator."

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Star Individuals

Cascadia Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding partner Rodney Brown enjoys a stellar reputation in the market, with one interviewee noting: "He is a very prominent attorney in the area, and is well regarded by lawyers, regulators and environmental groups." He has substantial experience on a wide array of environmental issues, including water quality matters and endangered species issues.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Cohen is considered by one impressed source to be "the preeminent air quality lawyer in the Northwest." He is experienced in assisting clients with the full range of litigation, permitting and enforcement matters relating to the Clean Air Act.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Beth Ginsberg is a respected environmental litigator with impressive experience on endangered species and natural resources law. She is also noted for her handling of permitting matters and compliance counseling. Sources name her "a great lawyer."

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Joyce Ziker Parkinson PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators highlight William Joyce of Joyce Ziker Parkinson PLLC's "prominence as a mediator." He advises clients on all aspects of environmental law, with a particular emphasis on cleanup cost recovery, brownfield redevelopment and sediment remediation.

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Marten Law PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Bradley Marten is a leading figure in the market and is sought out by private companies, NGOs and local governments for his expertise in environmental law. His areas of strength include environmental permitting, litigation and cleanup matters.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Schneider chairs the firm's energy and environmental litigation group and offers recognized expertise in the full range of contentious matters. Sources deem him to be "among the best when it comes to environmental liability work."

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Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Svend Brandt-Erichsen of Nossaman LLP advises companies on the environmental permitting, development and compliance of energy and natural resource projects. He is also highlighted for his litigation experience. Sources note: "His reputation is huge on the Endangered Species Act."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Iani is noted for his impressive transactional and regulatory practice. He particularly focuses on transactions in the project development, fisheries and natural resources spaces. Clients say: "He does a great job; he helps us understand how regulators tick."

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Nossaman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Well-respected environmental litigator Linda Larson of Nossaman LLP has substantial experience representing fishing industry clients in marine resources, endangered species and site remediation disputes. Clients note that she "has an excellent knowledge of remediation regulations and existing decisions."

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Cascadia Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Joshua Lipsky focuses his practice on hazardous waste cleanup matters. He represents industrial companies, commercial businesses and local municipalities in connection with Superfund matters and cost recovery actions. Sources consider him to be "a very solid lawyer."

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Love focuses on water quality, endangered species and Native American law matters. Enthused interviewees say: "He is the best in class at what he does." His clients include utilities, renewable energy companies and Native American tribes.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynn Manolopoulos provides expert advice on environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement, in addition to offering recognized excellence in a connection with permitting, redevelopment and litigation matters. Interviewees note that her background in chemical engineering gives her particular insight into environmental matters.

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by sources as "an outstanding lawyer," Karen McGaffey is well regarded for her work in environmental permitting, litigation and regulatory matters. She offers noted strength in project development matters in the energy sector.

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Lane Powell PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Michael Nesteroff of Lane Powell PC is well versed in hazardous site investigations, cleanups and cost recovery. He also advises in connection with the environmental aspects of property transactions.

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Newlon offers a broad environmental law practice with a particular focus on brownfield redevelopment and aquatic cleanup matters. Sources say he is "well known for representing port districts, and known to be very creative."

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Grant offers a broad environmental practice covering litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Sources report that "he is very smart and passionate, and cares about his clients."

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Marten Law PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources view Jeff Kray as a "very good attorney, very good strategic thinker." He is particularly noted for his strength in the water space, advising on matters such as Clean Water Act permitting and water resources matters. He also handles site remediation.

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Foster Pepper PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Lederman enters the rankings after receiving broad market approval for his Superfund cleanup practice. Sources consider him to be "a very solid attorney."

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Cascadia Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Tisha Pagalilauan provides advice on hazardous waste and water quality regulatory compliance and litigation, including stormwater violations under the Clean Water Act. She is viewed by interviewees as "a brilliant lawyer" with "great client skills."

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Van Ness Feldman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marlys Palumbo handles a broad range of environmental, energy and natural resources regulatory and transactional matters. One client notes: "Her understanding of the challenges we face is very thorough. Her reputation really goes a long way as well, because her expertise is acknowledged."

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Stoel Rives LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Steen offers a broad environmental litigation and permitting practice with expertise in matters pertaining to the natural resources and fisheries sectors. Clients report that "he is very thorough, thinks of very creative strategies and knows the system."

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Foster Pepper PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lori Terry Gregory has extensive experience assisting clients with environmental regulatory compliance advice and litigation, notably with respect to water quality matters. She is also well regarded for her enforcement defense work. Sources consider her to be "one of the leading water resources attorneys in the state."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Trueblood of K&L Gates provides expert advice on land use, natural resources and environmental issues. Clients appreciate that he is "thorough and responsive, and knows the law inside and out."

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Ubaldi centers his practice on environmental litigation and insurance claims. He also advises clients on environmental due diligence and permitting. Clients praise his "commitment and loyalty."

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Up and Coming

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Rising star Ankur Tohan of K&L Gates is described by sources as a "very good attorney" who is "very collaborative and very solution-oriented." His practice encompasses permitting, regulatory compliance and enforcement defense.

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