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.
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."