At Haglund Kelley our lawyers deftly navigate the complex web of environmental and natural resources laws to deliver high caliber counseling, negotiation and litigation services that address our clients' legal concerns.
Our environmental and natural resources lawyers understand the scientific, business, legal and social challenges associated with the environmental and natural resources in the Pacific Northwest. Their knowledge of local, state and federal laws and deep background in environmental and natural resources sciences enable them to create practical solutions that balance environmental, economic and social interests. As a result, they’ve built a proven record in a variety of areas. This includes resolving disputes involving the spotted owl, salmon and other endangered species; handling negotiations and litigation involving the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; and counseling clients on government contracts and a host of public and private lands issues.
Environmental & Natural Resources Law Focus Areas
- Forest Lands
- Natural Resources and Wildlife
- Land Use and Zoning
- Environmental Permitting, Review and Litigation
- Regulatory Compliance
Represented the State of Washington against negligent parties involved in an oil spill off the Washington coast. The settlement remains the largest oil spill settlement on record in the State of Washington.
Negotiated a $25 million Forest Service land acquisition in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on behalf of landowners whose land was downzoned as a result of the National Scenic Area designation.
A $3 million verdict on behalf of SDS Lumber Company in the first inverse condemnation property takings case involving the northern spotted owl to go to trial.
Represented a coalition of local governmental entities and individuals, both in Montana District Court and in the Ninth Circuit, in successful defense of the first litigated Healthy Forest Restoration Act project, which was designed to protect an at-risk community in Montana.
Representation of various counties in several western states in a variety of disputes over management of the National Forests.
Related Articles & News
Julie Weis, Intervention as of Right in NEPA Cases - Ninth Circuit Returns to the Fold, 42 ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Trends No. 5, p.12, May/June 2011
Julie Weis, Reversing Course: Ninth Circuit Abandons the “Federal Defendant Rule” for Intervention in National Environmental Policy Act Cases, OSB Environment & Natural Resources Law Section, E-Outlook, Environmental Hot Topics and Legal Updates, January 2011
Julie A. Weis, The Ninth Circuit Strikes Again: Logging Roads Ruled to Require Clean Water Act Permits, Western Forester, November/December 2010, at 16-17.
Julie A. Weis, Eliminating the National Forest Management Act’s Diversity Requirement as a Substantive Standard, 27 Envtl. Law 641 (1997).
Julie Weis, Does Your Logging Road Need a Clean Water Act Permit? Thanks to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Answer May Be Yes, Northwest Woodlands, p. 22, Summer 2011.
Julie Weis and Paul Adams, New Water Quality Controls Affecting Woodland Owners in Oregon’s Coastal Zone, Northwest Woodlands, p. 23, Summer 2011.