Practices & Industries

Practices

Environmental

Beyerlein, Jennifer M.

Beyerlein, Jennifer M.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7065
beyerleinj@lanepowell.com
Davis, Robert R. Jr.

Davis, Robert R. Jr.

Of Counsel
Seattle
206.223.7079
davisr@lanepowell.com
Degginger, Grant S.

Degginger, Grant S.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7390
deggingerg@lanepowell.com
Denton, Stephania Camp

Denton, Stephania Camp

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7016
dentons@lanepowell.com
Gabel, Andrew J.

Gabel, Andrew J.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7026
gabela@lanepowell.com
Hutchison, Bill P.

Hutchison, Bill P.

Counsel to the Firm
Portland
503.778.2150
hutchisonw@lanepowell.com
Leaverton, Bruce W.

Leaverton, Bruce W.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7389
leavertonb@lanepowell.com
Maloney, Robert E. Jr.

Maloney, Robert E. Jr.

Shareholder
Portland
503.778.2105
maloneyr@lanepowell.com
Neeleman, John R.

Neeleman, John R.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7985
neelemanj@lanepowell.com
Nesteroff, Michael A.

Nesteroff, Michael A.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.6242
nesteroffm@lanepowell.com
Schoeggl, David M.

Schoeggl, David M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7383
schoeggld@lanepowell.com
Spellman, David C.

Spellman, David C.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7392
spellmand@lanepowell.com
Wackerbarth, Tim D.

Wackerbarth, Tim D.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7960
wackerbartht@lanepowell.com

Lane Powell is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading law firms in environmental law, with extensive experience ranging from consulting on compliance matters to prosecution and defense of major environmental claims. The Firm’s environmental attorneys are specialists in the many facets of environment law from the local to federal level, with a proven record of successfully representing real estate, retail, industrial and business clients.

Lane Powell attorneys provide skillful counsel on environmental due diligence in the acquisition of companies, assets and property, including Phase I and Phase II investigations and facility compliance assessments. The Firm’s attorneys — some of whom have engineering degrees — serve the needs of developers, operators of industrial facilities and properties, environmental, engineering and design professionals, and assist clients in all phases of the design and construction process, including:

  • Preparation of contracts for private and public projects.
  • Allocation of environmental risks.
  • Negotiation with regulatory agencies.
  • Representation in litigation, regulatory proceedings and other forums.

Lane Powell has considerable expertise in negotiating and litigating on behalf of energy, utility and industrial clients, which typically presents both regulatory and environmental challenges including compliance with the Clean Water Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); and state laws, including the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), Oregon Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials statute, and Alaska’s Hazardous Substances Act. The Firm’s lawyers also had significant roles in the California energy crisis litigation and obtained positive results for our clients.

The impact of environmental law on transportation activities also is familiar ground for Lane Powell. The Firm represents national and regional transportation companies including railroads, intermodal operators, marine operators and builders, commuter rail and regional transit entities and pipeline companies in regulatory and environmental planning, compliance and risk-management matters.

As part of Lane Powell’s environmental law presence, its Sustainability and Climate Change group of attorneys work with businesses seeking competitive advantage through new “green” products offering reduced environmental impact, as well as with companies striving to improve labor, supply chain, distribution and production practices. In this new regulatory environment, Lane Powell helps its clients be proactive instead of reactive.

Environmental Clean-Up

Lane Powell has a strong record on brownfield site development with public agencies, developers, property owners, and transporters and generators of hazardous materials. The Firm’s attorneys help scope the legal and environmental requirements of clean-up, manage negotiations with regulators and lenders, and protect clients from assuming a disproportionate share of clean-up expenses.

Lane Powell also has assisted clients in resolving disputes, litigation and claims for natural resource damages over large and small oil spills and other hazardous substance releases.

In addition, Lane Powell frequently represents clients in federal Superfund and state environmental clean-up litigation in state and federal courts. The Firm litigates environmental clean-up cases with skilled trial practitioners who have brought numerous federal and state cases to verdict for a broad array of clients, including multi-national petroleum companies, pipeline operators, chemical companies, national truck-stop owners and railroads, as well as commercial and individual property owners.

Air and Water Quality

Lane Powell represents industrial, commercial and insurance clients in litigation arising from exposure to mold, toxic chemicals and “sick buildings.” The Firm litigates complex toxic tort cases with skilled trial practitioners who have brought numerous federal and state cases to verdict. In addition, we advise clients on how to minimize liability at the outset.

Lane Powell is considered at the forefront in representing clients on water quality and wastewater discharge matters arising under state or federal law. The Firm was involved in the first appeals of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits in the 1970s, and has worked with clients on each round of permit re-issuance since then. The Firm also assists clients on stormwater and non-point source discharge issues, including 60-day notices and lawsuits brought by third parties to enforce state permits issued under the Clean Water Act.

Water rights is another Lane Powell strength, with successful representation of industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential clients on the strategic acquisition, perfection and/or transfer of water rights, as well as related administrative proceedings.

Shorelines and Sensitive Areas

Lane Powell has represented clients in admiralty regulatory changes affecting shoreline property. Also, the Firm has successfully represented operators of industrial facilities from claims of damage to adjoining shoreline properties.

Fisheries and Endangered Species

Lane Powell counsels clients on fishing regulations, Forest Practices Act, Indian treaty fishing rights and other laws affecting land use near fish-bearing waters. The Firm’s attorneys regularly defend fishing vessels in regulatory hearings, defend maritime death and injury claims, manage hull and machinery insurance disputes, and handle banking and financial transactions for the fishing industry.

Endangered Species Act listings have triggered new legal responsibilities for many businesses, landowners, developers and governmental entities. The Firm’s attorneys are experienced in steering clients through the permitting process.

Environmental

Beyerlein, Jennifer M.

Beyerlein, Jennifer M.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7065
beyerleinj@lanepowell.com
Davis, Robert R. Jr.

Davis, Robert R. Jr.

Of Counsel
Seattle
206.223.7079
davisr@lanepowell.com
Degginger, Grant S.

Degginger, Grant S.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7390
deggingerg@lanepowell.com
Denton, Stephania Camp

Denton, Stephania Camp

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7016
dentons@lanepowell.com
Gabel, Andrew J.

Gabel, Andrew J.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7026
gabela@lanepowell.com
Hutchison, Bill P.

Hutchison, Bill P.

Counsel to the Firm
Portland
503.778.2150
hutchisonw@lanepowell.com
Leaverton, Bruce W.

Leaverton, Bruce W.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7389
leavertonb@lanepowell.com
Maloney, Robert E. Jr.

Maloney, Robert E. Jr.

Shareholder
Portland
503.778.2105
maloneyr@lanepowell.com
Neeleman, John R.

Neeleman, John R.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7985
neelemanj@lanepowell.com
Nesteroff, Michael A.

Nesteroff, Michael A.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.6242
nesteroffm@lanepowell.com
Schoeggl, David M.

Schoeggl, David M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7383
schoeggld@lanepowell.com
Spellman, David C.

Spellman, David C.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7392
spellmand@lanepowell.com
Wackerbarth, Tim D.

Wackerbarth, Tim D.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7960
wackerbartht@lanepowell.com

Environmental

Representative Matters

  • Managed environmental due diligence for aerospace company in Arizona and Hawaii company acquisitions.
  • Represented trustee in environmental due diligence for a distressed plywood company at several major industrial facilities.
  • Assisted national petroleum marketer in service station acquisition activities with environmental contamination issues.
  • Served as lead plaintiff’s counsel for energy company and truck-stop owner in successful prosecution of cost recovery/contribution claims under the Oregon Clean-up Law involving the largest petroleum clean-up site in state history.

Environmental

Date
08.17.2016
06.10.2016
05.27.2016
08.17.2015
06.12.2015
06.02.2015
04.27.2015
12.29.2014
08.18.2014
06.13.2014
06.14.2013
04.18.2013
04.04.2013
06.13.2012
07.20.2010
06.03.2010
04.16.2010
04.06.2010
12.28.2009
06.22.2009

Environmental

Date
05.09.2016
01.26.2016
12.10.2015
09.22.2015
07.15.2014
06.05.2014
03.04.2014
11.01.2013
06.18.2013
04.10.2013
11.20.2012
11.09.2012
06.12.2012
03.22.2012
11.23.2011
09.23.2011
07.29.2011
07.20.2011
02.24.2011
01.21.2011
12.16.2010
12.10.2010
11.02.2010
10.04.2010
09.08.2010
09.03.2010
07.30.2010
04.12.2010
03.19.2010
01.19.2010
01.06.2010
10.21.2009
10.05.2009
09.15.2009
08.14.2009
07.14.2009
05.21.2009
05.04.2009
05.01.2009
04.10.2009
04.08.2009
03.10.2009
02.17.2009
01.01.2009
11.28.2008
11.21.2008
10.13.2008
09.23.2008
07.01.2008
06.16.2008
06.01.2008
05.29.2008
05.15.2008
05.09.2008
03.06.2008
03.05.2008
01.04.2008
10.22.2007
07.17.2007
07.17.2007
06.12.2007
06.01.2007
05.01.2007
04.18.2007
01.01.2007
07.14.2006
06.22.2006
02.27.2006
02.22.2006
01.01.2006
01.01.2006
11.03.2005
09.01.2005
08.11.2005
07.14.2005
12.21.2004
05.15.2001
02.23.2001

Environmental

Date
06.01.2016
05.26.2016
03.09.2016
01.22.2016
11.20.2015
11.04.2015
03.11.2015
12.10.2014
10.30.2014
08.28.2014
06.02.2014
12.04.2012
03.08.2012
11.16.2011
01.20.2011
11.10.2010
06.08.2010
04.20.2010
01.27.2010
10.15.2009