Ken Lederman
Member

Ken Lederman

Ken Lederman is a member of Foster Pepper's Real Estate and Environmental practices. Ken provides counseling and litigation support on environmental issues in real estate transactions and property redevelopment.  A former Assistant Attorney General for the Washington State Department of Ecology, Ken has successfully facilitated the remediation and redevelopment of dozens of contaminated properties.  Ken helps developers, businesses, and landowners with due diligence reviews and site investigation/remediation strategies, as well as with negotiating contractual provisions and transactional indemnities regarding environmental liability. Ken is also an experienced first-chair trial attorney, with a strong background in federal and state hazardous waste cost-recovery litigation and natural resource damage litigation.

Activities

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, Member, 2018-Present

Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), Board of Directors, 2014-Present

Washington Conservation Voters

  • Board Chair, 2009-2010
  • Executive Committee Member, 2008-Present
  • King County Chapter Board Chair, 2004-2005

Washington Environmental Council

  • Board Member, 2010-Present
  • Legal Committee, 1994-Present

Washington State Bar Association, Environmental & Land Use Law Section, Editorial Board

American Bar Association, Environmental & Land Use Law Section Member

King County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Co-Founder and Inaugural Chair

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Publications

Petroleum Technical Assistance Program: A New Tool For Cleanup Of Contaminated Property In Washington

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2017

EPA Finalizes New Standards for Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, October 2014

Ethical Considerations for Multi-Party Representation at Superfund Aquatic Cleanup Sites

Author, Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section Newsletter, 2006-2007

The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act

Author, Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section Newsletter, 2005-2006

The Lake Roosevelt CERCLA Litigation

Author, Washington State Bar Association – Environmental and Land Use Law Section Newsletter, 2005-2006

Uniform Environmental Covenants Act, Chapter 64.70 RCW

Member of Legislative Drafting Committee

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Presentations

Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Environmental and Land Use Context

Speaker, 2018 Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Conference, Washington State Bar Association, May 2018

Environmental Update: Contamination Issues Relevant to Property Development in Washington

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2017 Real Estate/Land Use Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, November 2017

MTCA Panel: Legislative & Policy Issues and Updates

Speaker, Cleaning Up Water, Air and Dirt: Litigation & Policy Updates, KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, June 2017

Model Toxics Control Act

Speaker, 60th Annual WSAMA Spring Conference, April 2017 

The Art & Reality of Property Valuation

Speaker, 2016 Northwest Remediation Conference, October 2016

Strategic Approaches for Addressing the Results of Your Due Diligence through Real Estate Transactions and Changes in Land Use

Speaker, Environmental Due Diligence, Law Seminars International, May 2016

Managing Contamination Liability

Speaker, Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) Re-Using Contaminated Land Conference, October 2015

Environmental Update

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2015 Land Use/Real Estate Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, October 2015

The Top 10 MTCA Moments of the Past 25 Years

Program Co-Chair and Speaker, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Seminar, Law Seminars International, September 2015 

Ethical Issues in Multi-Party Administrative Proceedings

Speaker, 15th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater, Law Seminars International, April 2015

Managing Liability - Contractual & Regulatory

Speaker, Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) Re-Using Contaminated Land Conference, October 2014

Seattle’s Environmental History: What Lies Beneath the Surface

Speaker, King County Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Section: “The Future of the Seattle Waterfront,” September 2014

Update on the Lower Duwamish Waterway Cleanup

Moderator, 14th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater, May 2014

Development Meets Cleanup

Co-Presenter, Northwest Environmental Business Council Re-Using Contaminated Land, June 2013

Making Effective Use of Scientific Experts: Problem-Solving Consulting vs. Testifying Communicator

Co-presenter, Clean Water and Stormwater Conference, Law Seminars International, May 2013

Stormy Weather: Stormwater Update, including Liability for Stormwater Runoff Pollution

Speaker, Latest Developments in Washington Municipal Utility Law, October 2011

Hidden Defects - Environmental Issues Affecting Real Estate

Speaker, King County Bar Association Real Estate CLE, 2007 and 2008

Natural Resource Damages Litigation Update

Speaker, Mealeys Toxic Tort Teleconference CLEs, August 2007 and November 2007

Crossclaims and Counterclaims

Speaker, Natural Resource Damages Litigation CLE, 2007

Financial and Legal Guarantees For Cleanups

Speaker, Model Toxics Control Act CLE, June 2007

What the States are Doing

Speaker, Natural Resource Damages Litigation CLE, 2006

The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act

Speaker, Easements and CCRs CLE, September 2006

Remedy Selection

Speaker, Model Toxics Control Act CLE, June 2006 and 2007

Ethical Issues in Multi-Party Representation at Hazardous Waste Sites

Speaker, King County Bar Association Environmental Law CLE, 2006

Environmental and Land Use Law Section Mid-Year

Co-Chair, Washington State Bar Association, 2006

Environmental Law CLE

Co-Chair, King County Bar Association, 2005

Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions

Speaker, Real Estate Development Presentation

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"Ken enters the rankings after receiving broad market approval for his Superfund cleanup practice. Sources consider him to be 'a very solid attorney.'" - Chambers USA

Real EstateConstructionEnvironmental & Natural ResourcesEnvironmental LitigationLitigation & Dispute ResolutionPorts (Chair)Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation

Contact

Tel: 206.447.6267Fax: 206.749.2090

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America© Environmental Law, 2018-present

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2012-2019

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Environment, 2017-2019

Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers list, 2004-2010

Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” 2008

Leadership Tomorrow, 2007

Education

J.D., Seattle University School of Law (cum laude), 1996

  • Order of the Barristers – 4-time regional and national finalist in mock trial and appellate competition
  • Class Historian and Commencement Speaker

B.A., Rutgers University, 1993

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1996

Oregon, 2010

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2011-Present

Riddell Williams, P.S., Principal, 2004-2011

Floyd & Pflueger, P.S., Associate, 2002-2004

Washington State Attorney General’s Office

  • Ecology Division, 1998-2002
  • Labor & Industries Division, 1997-1998

Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, Judicial Clerk for the Hon. J. Robin Hunt, 1996-1997

Quoted

Special Section: Pacific Northwest

Urban Land Magazine, October 2015

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