Find Lawyers in Portland, Oregon for Litigation - Environmental
David Bledsoe is a trial lawyer who handles high-stakes civil litigation. He has over 20 years of experience trying a wide variety of cases, including environmental disputes (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)) and commercial disputes (breach of contract, insurance coverage, construction, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), intellectual property, injunctions).
As co-chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Paul has a wide-ranging trial practice representing both individuals and businesses in contract and investment disputes, government investigations and environmental matters. Paul's recent and ongoing litigation matters include: Prevailing in a federal court trial against an out-of-state bank over ownership of $9 million of agricultural products. (Northwest Bank v. McKee Family Farms, Case No. 3:15-CV-001576). Representing a coalition of busines...
Kevin Kiely has developed a successful national and international litigation practice representing clients in trials and administrative-contested cases throughout the United States. He has also handled cases in Canada, Asia, and Europe. He is the head of Cable Huston’s litigation and trial practice group and was the firm's managing partner for more than 12 years. In 2016, he was appointed to be the General Counsel for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.
Jim Kincaid focuses his practice on environmental and natural resources law and administrative practice and procedure, with an emphasis on matters related to the federal Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Oregon’s water pollution control laws. He represents clients in permitting, enforcement, and proceedings for contested cases before state and federal agencies and in litigation brought by citizens under the Clean Water Act. In addition, Mr. Kincaid has developed special e...
Per Ramfjord is a trial lawyer who represents clients in criminal and civil litigation, with an emphasis on white-collar, environmental, tax and energy matters. Per has handled a wide variety of criminal matters, including investigations and prosecutions under various environmental statutes such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, and Endangered Species Act as well as securities fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and healthcare matters under the Stark and Anti-Kickback s...
Christopher Rich is a partner in the firm's Environment, Energy & Resources practice. He focuses on complex environmental cleanup compliance and litigation under CERCLA and state Superfund laws, resolution of state and federal governmental enforcement actions, and RCRA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act compliance and permitting.
Tim Snider is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Portland office and a trial attorney. He recently served as chair of the firm’s multioffice litigation group. Tim focuses his practice on business disputes, representing a range of clients in the insurance, consumer products and e-commerce, financial services, food and agribusiness, healthcare, and energy industries facing class actions, government enforcement actions, antitrust, corporate governance, bad faith and other disputes. Tim has ex...
Tom Wood focuses his practice predominantly on air permitting matters, although he also has extensive experience with EPCRA reporting, waste regulation, and stormwater and wastewater management. Tom has handled all types of enforcement (civil, criminal, and citizen suit) and worked on multiple high stakes nuisance matters. While he works predominantly in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Montana, he has assisted clients on issues across the United States. Tom has worked in all 10 EPA...
Zach's practice is in complex business and securities litigation. He has also focused on regulatory litigation, insurance coverage litigation and the protection of rights in intellectual property. Zach's litigation successes include several matters for a major athletic-footwear and apparel manufacturer, including two separate successful motions for preliminary relief barring competitors from infringing on the client's exclusive licensing rights. He has also successfully pursued several insura...
Ariel Stavitsky is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group, with focuses in environmental and natural resource-related litigation, project permitting, and regulatory compliance counseling. She advises and advocates for clients across multiple industries, including energy generation, natural resource production, and manufacturing. Before attending law school, Ariel worked in communications and as an environmental consultant specializing in due dilig...
Litigation - Environmental Definition
Environmental litigation and trial work encompass cases in federal court, state court, and before various administrative hearing boards. In federal court, cases frequently involve claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”). Claims under those statutes are typically brought by the United States seeking to compel environmental investigation and clean up and/or to recover penalties and actual costs incurred by the government in conducting such investigations and remediation. Additionally, environmental trial lawyers frequently represent parties who have incurred significant costs to address contamination at a particular location and are seeking contribution from other parties (known as potentially responsible parties) who contributed to the contamination and resultant remediation costs. There are a number of other federal environmental statutes, such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act under which environmental advocacy groups can assert citizen suit claims seeking damages and injunctive relief for alleged violations of those statutes where the federal or state government has allegedly failed to enforce the statutes.
Most states conduct aggressive enforcement of their own environmental protection statutes, including mini-Superfund statutes, chemical handling and registration laws, and laws designed to regulate oil and gas operations and mining activities. These statutes allow state environmental agencies to assert similar enforcement and cost recovery claims against companies and other parties allegedly responsible for the release of hazardous substances into the soil, water, groundwater, or air. Additionally, most states have adopted statutes regulating the storage of petroleum products in underground storage tanks under which claims can be asserted by the government or affected parties as a result of releases from those tanks.
Another common type of environmental litigation involves claims for injury to natural resources (e.g., wetlands, lakes, rivers, and estuaries), brought by the trustees for the natural resources under CERCLA, other federal statutes or comparable state statutes. Trustees typically seek damages for injury to those natural resources allegedly caused by the release of hazardous substances. Those damage claims relate primarily to damages for loss of use of the resource while it is impaired or diminished because of contamination.
At the administrative level, environmental litigators frequently represent companies in enforcement actions relating to alleged violations of operating or discharge permits issued by state environmental agencies (including defense of civil penalty actions), the limits or conditions imposed in such permits, or the disposal, management, and storage of wastes generated through industrial and commercial processes. Those claims are typically heard by Administrative Judges appointed by the state.
Another major area of environmental litigation involves private party and class action toxic tort cases in which plaintiffs seek recovery for personal injury, property damage, and medical monitoring based on alleged exposure to hazardous substances in the air, soil, or groundwater. More recently, we have seen an increase in environmental litigation brought by citizens or environmental advocacy groups seeking to block or challenge the issuance of permits or authorizations to construct new power plants or related industrial facilities.
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