Jennifer is a member of OMW’s Environmental & Natural Resources and Tribal Government Practice Areas.  Her environmental practice involves representing public and private entities in a wide range of matters concerning state and federal laws including CERCLA, Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and SEPA/NEPA.  She regularly teams with clients’ technical consultants on developing stormwater and air permits and defending clients in enforcement actions by EPA and state and local permitting authorities.  Jennifer also has assisted clients with environmental insurance claims and environmental claims in bankruptcy.   

Jennifer represents clients at cleanup sites under CERCLA, and state environmental cleanup laws, including contaminated sediment sites, landfills, and gas stations. She has extensive experience in site remediation, cost recovery litigation, cost allocation among responsible parties, and natural resource damages.  In working on large, multi-party cleanup sites for too many years to count, Jennifer has developed a knack for bringing parties together to work cooperatively with regulators in order to move sites forward through the cleanup process and prevent expensive and time-consuming litigation.  Yet, Jennifer takes the hardline when necessary to protect her clients’ interests.

In her Tribal practice, Jennifer assists Indian Tribes in developing tribal environmental program capacity and enforcement capabilities.  She has worked with Tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest, and deeply values the relationships she has developed over the years working with Tribal environmental managers and other Tribal representatives.  Jennifer also counsels entities that are doing business with Indian Tribes in navigating the unique opportunities and challenges of operating in Indian County, including renewable energy leasing.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental & Land Use Section; Indian Law
  • American Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, 2002
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 1992

Professional and Community Activities

  • Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Seattle, Secretary
  • University Cooperative School Board, Secretary

Honors

  • Recognized as a Washington "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008-2012

Representative Experience

  • Defended clients served with notices of violations, under CWA, CAA and similar permits resulting in reduced penalties
  • Representing clients at two major contaminated sediments, Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Waterway
  • Representing client at the Pasco Landfill, the second-highest priority hazardous substance cleanup site in Washington state
  • Negotiated relevant agencies’ voluntary and involuntary orders related to site investigations and remedial actions conducted under state and federal law.
  • Served as common counsel to large PRP groups at Superfund and state cleanup sites
  • Responded to EPA information requests under CERCLA.
  • Secured environmental insurance coverage for clients
  • Pursued clients' environmental claims in bankruptcy matters
  • Represented Indian Tribe in multi-party settlement of water right claim
  • Assisted Indian Tribe with Treatment As States application under CWA
  • Drafted hazardous substance control acts for Indian Tribes
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