Lane Powell PC - Environmental Law Blog

Practice/Organization Description

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 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.

* Advice on lien rights.

* Change orders and construction claims.

* Representation in litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution.

Lane Powell has considerable expertise in negotiating and litigating on behalf of energy and utility clients, which typically presents both regulatory and environmental challenges. The Firm’s lawyers have 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 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 works 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.

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.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Insurance
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys

25-50 Attorneys

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