Kurt B. Peterson, Member

Kurt B. Peterson

Kurt focuses his environmental law practice on hazardous waste cleanup, cost recovery and allocation of environmental liabilities under federal and state Superfund laws with a particular emphasis on sediment cleanup and landfill sites. He has helped many clients navigate through the environmental cleanup and brownfields real estate redevelopment process in order to efficiently resolve liabilities at federal and state hazardous waste cleanup sites. Kurt represents a wide range of clients in environmental law matters, including Fortune 500 companies, big cities and counties, local and regional businesses, ports, small municipalities, environmental trusts and public agencies.

Kurt has recovered significant cleanup costs from other responsible parties in contribution litigation and from claims under historic insurance policies. In addition to litigation successes, he also has helped clients reach favorable results through allocation arbitrations and mediations. Kurt has a wealth of experience in locating and pursuing valuable insurance assets to cover environmental cleanup costs.

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Activities

Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member

Oregon State Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Member

American Bar Association 

  • Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Member
  • Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, Vice Chair

King County Bar Association, Environmental Law and Land Use Section, Member

Prescolar Alice Francis, Board of Directors, 2005-2014

Hilltop Children’s Center, Strategic Planning Committee, 2015

Publications

Creative Legal Strategies for the Unique Challenges Public Entities Face in Sediment Cleanups and Cost Allocations

Author, Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, Battelle Memorial Institute, January 2017

Using Environmental Trusts to Facilitate Settlement and Cleanup at Complex Cleanup Sites

Author, Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, Battelle Memorial Institute, January 2017

Structuring Effective Alternative Dispute Resolution Under CERCLA: Key Questions to Consider in Drafting an Allocation Process Agreement

Co-Author, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Vol. 11, No. 2, July 2015

Efficient and Effective Strategies to Address the Unique Challenges Public Entities Face in Sediment Cleanups and Cost Allocations: A Legal Perspective

Author, Battelle, 2015

Minimizing Hazardous Waste Liability

Author, Washington State Real Property Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association, 4th Ed., 2013

Washington State Real Property Deskbook

Co-Editor, Washington State Bar Association, 2002 and 2013 Supplement

Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property

Author, Washington State Chapter, American Bar Association, 2d. Ed., 2002

Sediments

Author, Association of Washington Business Environmental Deskbook, 2002 and 2004 Ed.

Risk Assessments

Author, Association of Washington Business Environmental Deskbook, 2002 and 2004 Ed.

State Environmental Cleanup: MTCA

Author, Association of Washington Business Environmental Deskbook, 2004 Ed.

Toxic Torts

Author, Association of Washington Business Environmental Deskbook, 2004

Real Estate Aspects in Washington

Author, National Business Institute, April 2002

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Presentations

Creative Legal Strategies for Sediment Cleanup & Cost Allocation

Speaker, CERCLA + MTCA + Sediments Conference, September 2017

Model Toxics Control Act

Speaker, 60th Annual WSAMA Spring Conference, April 2017

Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments

Speaker, Battelle Memorial Institute, January 2017

  • "Creative Legal Strategies for the Unique Challenges Public Entities Face in Sediment Cleanups and Cost Allocations"
  • "Using Environmental Trusts to Facilitate Settlement and Cleanup at Complex Cleanup Sites"

Environmental Issues in Leasing

Speaker, 28th Annual Advanced Conference on Commercial Real Estate Leases, Law Seminars International, December 2016

Takeaways From Real Life Case Studies 

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2016 Real Estate/Land Use Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, November 2016

Gull Industries and the State of Coverage for MTCA Claims

Speaker, Model Toxics Control Act CLE Seminar, Law Seminars International, 2015

Efficient and Effective Strategies to Address the Unique Challenges Public Entities Face in Sediment Cleanups and Cost AllocationS: A Legal Perspective

Speaker, Eighth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, Battelle, 2015

CERCLA Allocation and Cost Recovery – Who Is Going To Clean Up This Mess?

Speaker, Environmental Cleanup Conference CERCLA & MTCA – Advanced Sediments, 2015

Environmental Insurance Claims after Gull Industries

Speaker, Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Conference, Washington State Bar Association, 2015

Leveraging Insurance Assets for Environmental Cleanup

Speaker, Association of Washington Business Environmental Summit, 2006

Real EstateEnvironmental & Natural ResourcesEnvironmental LitigationInsurance CoverageWater Quality

Contact

Tel: 206.447.4707Fax: 206.749.2026

Recognition

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Education

J.D., Willamette University College of Law (cum laude), 1997

B.A., University of Washington, 1994

 

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1997

Oregon, 2007

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2016-Present

Cascadia Law Group PLLC, Partner, 1999-2016

Washington State Attorney General's Office

  • Assistant Attorney General, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, 1995-1997

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