Perkins Coie LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Deeply respected national firm with increasing market activity involving groundwater contamination, water quality litigation and permitting. Mining and natural resources are further areas of expertise. Also has in-depth experience acting for clients in personal hazardous substance litigation.

Strengths One source hails the "truly outstanding" team, stating: "They are true experts in environmental law, are always creative, strategic, and effective. They have proven themselves to be a valuable strategic partner in our work."

Another client commends the team's "client-oriented, commercial and pragmatic approach."

Work highlights Advised W Harquahala on its acquisition of groundwater rights, including state and federal regulatory approvals.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Thomas
enjoys an excellent reputation in the field, with one source describing him as "a master of his craft," while another states: "His calm and intelligent negotiating style is incredibly effective." He continues to be active on hazardous substance and contamination litigation and offers further experience in permitting matters.

Matthew Rojas
acts on a range of water rights matters, such as groundwater rights acquisitions and watercourse navigability. He also assists with contamination issues, while one client notes he is "open, alert to responsibility and skilled."

Shane Swindle
has experience in hazardous substance and contamination litigation and radioactive site clean up. One client states: "He is a dynamic lawyer and is very analytical."