Environmental Litigation

The attorneys on Foster Pepper’s Environmental Litigation team have a successful track record of achieving favorable results across a broad variety of environmental disputes.  

We are proud to be selected by our clients and peers among the top Washington state environmental litigation practices by U.S. News-Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.  Whether we are handling a clean-up matter, defending a citizen suit, or appearing in a contested hearing, we bring a practical and client-focused approach to our environmental work.  

Our environmental litigation experience includes:

  • Successful defense or settlement of numerous citizen suits in federal courts throughout the Pacific Northwest for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, nuisance, and trespass.
  • Recovery of cleanup costs from responsible parties at CERCLA Superfund and MTCA sites, as well as voluntary cleanup sites.
  • Defense of nuisance, trespass, negligence and inverse condemnation claims brought against large municipality by 26 property owners.
  • Defense of criminal and administrative enforcement actions
  • Lead counsel for environmental litigation associated with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Third Runway.
  • Defense of toxic tort claims arising out of stormwater and combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges.
  • Representation of policy holders in multi-state insurance litigation over historic insurance policies, and many other claims and lawsuits against insurers to recover environmental cleanup costs.


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