K&L Gates

Environment Department

Washington
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What the team is known for

Well-regarded team recognized for its adept handling of contaminated site matters, guiding parties through investigation, cleanup and cost allocation processes. Also highlighted for its expertise in air and water quality and its advice on land use and permitting. Frequently sought after by local governments, transportation companies, energy corporations and fisheries. Further noted for its understanding of tribal law matters and its initiative work.

Strengths

A client sums up the team's strengths:"They're very professional, they have good strategy, and they have depth of practice. They have great connections to not only regional offices but also the DC office of EPA, as a number of them were previously employed by the agency."

Work highlights

Represented shipbuilders and repairers Vigor Industrial in a cost allocation at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Notable practitioners

Ankur Tohan is known to be a "very good lawyer" who is "developing a nice practice" in energy infrastructure and natural resource development work, alongside wider compliance and enforcement defense expertise. He offers niche expertise in Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act issues for wind power developers.

Craig Trueblood counsels public and private clients including municipalities, transport companies and public utilities on environmental, land use and natural resource issues. He is well-versed in air and water quality, Superfund and siting and permitting matters for projects.