Seattle’s real estate market has been leading the nation for several years, with more cranes dotting our horizon than any other city in the country. This demand has resulted in many properties that have historically been “upside down” to now be viewed as being ripe for development.
This seminar will include presentations by attorneys, consultants, and other representatives of the regulated community regarding the current and historical environmental issues that have impeded property redevelopment. It will discuss in detail some of the regional issues faced by developers along Ship Canal and South Lake Union, including regulatory changes and broad liabilities that future owners of these properties may face. The seminar will offer potential alternatives for minimizing these liabilities, including the use of air space condominiums, and will outline how recently imposed restrictions on construction and other dewatering discharges to sanitary sewer may significantly impact redevelopment costs. Finally, the seminar will address Ecology’s evolving relationship with the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency and the ways in which these changes may affect the schedule and overall outcome of regulatory closure.
After the seminar, all attendees will have the opportunity to network over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
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Ryan K. Bixby, LG, Program Co-Chair, Managing Principal of SoundEarth Strategies, Inc., has worked on thousands of commercial, industrial, and residential properties to evaluate the potential environmental risks as part of the environmental due diligence process.
Douglas J. Steding, PhD, Program Co-Chair, a partner with Northwest Resource Law PLLC, focuses on environmental law and litigation, representing landowners, developers and industrial facilities on issues related to hazardous waste, contaminated land, and regulatory compliance.
George Blomberg is an Environmental Specialist with the Port of Seattle. The mission of the Port is to create jobs across the state by advancing trade and commerce, promoting manufacturing and maritime growth, and stimulating economic development.
Dianne K. Conway is a partner with Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP. Her practice areas include environmental law, real estate litigation, natural resources law, and land use. She has co-authored articles about environmental issues and litigation.
Tod A. Gold is a member with Joyce Ziker Parkinson PLLC. His practice emphasizes assisting with issues relating to contaminated properties including acquisition; cleanup of soil, groundwater, or sediments; redevelopment; and sale of properties.
Alexandra Kleeman, an attorney with Foster Pepper PLLC in the firm’s Real Estate, Environmental and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices, focuses on providing counseling and litigation support for real estate and development clients with environmental issues.
Janet N. Knox, LG, President and Principal Environmental Geochemist of Pacific Groundwater Group, has over 30 years of experience in the investigation and remediation of soil, sediment, stormwater, surface water, and groundwater. She is a recognized leader in regulatory strategy and has ushered simple and complex projects to closure.
Daniel J. Lipinski, CPSWQ, is a Senior Stormwater Scientist and Project Manager with Sound Earth Strategies, Inc. He focuses on NPDES compliance, stormwater treatment evaluations, and implementation of stormwater Best Management Practices.
Connie Sue M. Martin, a shareholder with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC and partner-in charge of the firm’s Seattle office, helps Indian tribes, ports, companies of all sizes and individuals address environmental contamination and restore injured natural resources.
Andy F. Rigel, an attorney with Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson PS, counsels clients regarding the buying, selling, and redeveloping of contaminated property. He has successfully managed the remediation and closure of several complex contaminated sites.
Kimberly Seely, an attorney with Coastline Law Group LLP, has practiced environmental law for more than 25 years. She has extensive experience in representing clients in all aspects of clean-up and remediation under federal and state law.
This seminar is approved for the following credits:
This course has been approved for 5.5 hours of law and legal self-study CLE credit by the Washington MCLE board.
Contractors & Engineers
Contractors and engineers may qualify for continuing education hours through the American Institute of Constructors or the Construction Management Association of America.
If you are purchasing only certain portions of the seminar then the full credit amount does not apply.
If you do not complete the full seminar you may not earn full credit. If you need assistance calculating your
credit please call our office at 206-463-4400 or 800-574-4852.
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