Edgar B. Washburn - Perkins Coie LLP

Edgar B. Washburn

Perkins Coie LLP

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Ned Washburn is senior counsel with Perkins
Coie’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice. Since 1978, his practice
has focused on natural resource, energy, environmental, water and real property
law. His clients have included energy, timber and resource companies, title
insurers, landowners, developers and public entities.

Ned’s litigation practice consists primarily of
environmental, real property, land use, energy and natural resource litigation.
He has been lead attorney in over 100 trials and 50 appeals in state and federal
courts and has argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court and appeared as an
amicus curiae before that court on a number of other occasions.

Ned maintains an active administrative law
practice advising clients concerning permitting and development issues with
local, regional, state and federal regulatory agencies, including the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S.
Department of the Interior, the California State Lands Commission, the
California Department of Fish and Game, CAL FIRE, California State and Regional
Water Quality Control Boards, the California Coastal Commission, and the San
Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He frequently appears
before these agencies in administrative proceedings relative to permit
approvals, development entitlements, and compliance with various federal and
state statutes (including the federal Clean Water Act, the federal Rivers and
Harbors Act of 1899, the federal Endangered Species Act, the federal Land Policy
and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Fish
and Game Code, the California Forest Practice Act, the California Water Code,
the California Coastal Act and the California Environmental Quality Act). His
administrative practice includes energy facility development, coastal issues,
wetlands, waterfront development, water pollution, water rights, timber and
endangered species, as well as matters concerning the preservation and securing
of rights on federal lands.

Additionally, Ned has been recommended by The
Legal 500 United States for land use and zoning law (2010) and environmental
litigation (2007); is included in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of
natural resources law and timber law (2007-2013); and has been consistently
listed by San Francisco magazine as one of Northern California’s “Super
Lawyers” in the area of environmental litigation.

Case History

United States v. Riverside Bayview Homes 474 U.S. 121 (1985) —  A leading case construing Clean Water Act jurisdiction over wetlands.
Berkeley v. Superior Court, 26 Cal.3d 515 (1980) — Represented the landowners in a case involving the validity of land grants bordering San Francico Bay including large portions of downtown San Francisco.
Leslie Salt v. Froehlke 578 F.2d 744 (9th Circ. 1978) — Resolved the extent of the authority of the Corps of Engeneers under the Rivers and Harbors Act to regulate lands bordering tidewater.
EPIC v. California Department of Forestry, 44 Cal. 4th 459(2008) — Successfully defended the Pacific Lumber Company and all of the permits issued to it under the federal Endandered Species Act, the State Endangered Species Act, Forest Practice Act, and CEQA.
Other Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Claims Court

Office Location

Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2400
San Francisco, CA 94111-4131
Phone: 415-344-7000

Lawyer of the Year Awards

Practice Areas

Natural Resources Law
Timber Law