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Nossaman LLP

Linda R. Larson

Partner

T 206.489.5632
F 206.489.5501
801 Second Avenue, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104

Linda Larson focuses on litigation, permitting, and counseling private and public clients with respect to environmental laws.  She has led numerous complex litigation matters in trial and appellate courts, with particular expertise in fisheries, endangered species, sediments, water and hazardous waste issues. A trained mediator specializing in environmental disputes, Ms. Larson has successfully resolved disputes ranging from site remediation to endangered species.   

Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Larson served as staff counsel to Senator Warren Magnuson on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and as an attorney with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  While at NOAA, she served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, as well as on teams in the fisheries, coastal zone management, and satellite programs.   

Ms. Larson is ranked in Chambers USA and in 2016 was selected as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Washington by Super Lawyers.  In 2017 she was named as an Energy and Environmental Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.

Representative Work

Litigation: 

  • Oceana v. National Marine Fisheries Service, Ninth Circuit No. 15-35940. Lead trial and appellate counsel for commercial fishing companies, Adak Community Development Association, and Aleut entities in on-going litigation over fishing restrictions for the conduct of the Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries under the Endangered Species Act involving Steller sea lions. The initial challenge resulted in the reopening of closed fishing grounds in the Aleutian Islands to cod and mackerel fishing. The agency decision to reopen the areas is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The present value of fishing and related revenue at risk from closures is estimated to be between $1.8 billion and $3.8 billion.
  • Asarco LLC v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, 765 F.3d 999 (9th Cir. 2014).  Appellate counsel for mining company in successful appeal to the Ninth Circuit in a matter of first impression concerning the “relation-back” function of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15.  The court held that the mining company’s amended complaint related back to its original complaint, even though it included allegations that were expressly disclaimed in the original complaint.  The decision allowed the company to continue to pursue its claim for over $400 million in Superfund cleanup costs.  
  • Fishermen’s Finest, Inc. v. Locke, 593 F.3d 886 (9th Cir. 2010). Lead trial and appellate counsel for a major fishing and processing company in a challenge to National Marine Fisheries Service allocations for the multi-million dollar Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific cod fishery under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Fishermen’s Finest, Inc. v. Locke, 593 F.3d 886 (9th Cir. 2010).
  • Asarco LLC Bankruptcy Reorganization.  Lead trial and environmental counsel for ASARCO LLC, a mining, smelting and refining company, in the first evidentiary estimation hearing in connection with the largest environmental bankruptcy case in United States history. The estimation hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Texas involved a $406 million claim for response costs brought by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Nebraska.

Permitting and Counseling:

  • Cedar Grove Composting.  Lead advisor for solid waste regulatory issues to largest independent composting company in Seattle metropolitan area.  Cedar Grove recycles approximately 350,000 tons of yard and food waste collected from residential and commercial customers every year, turning it into compost. 
  • Aluminum Smelter Remediation.  Lead counsel for an international aluminum manufacturer in the remediation of contaminated sediments and associated uplands at former facilities along the Columbia River, including the negotiation of consent decrees under the Washington Model Toxics Control Act, relationships with tribal nations and resolution of allocation issues between client and other potentially liable parties.
  • Superfund Site Remediation and Cost Litigation.  Lead counsel for public and private clients at federal and state Superfund sites in over a dozen states, including Idaho, Colorado, Michigan, Utah and Washington. Successfully resolved enforcement claims by state and federal agencies and negotiated or litigated cost allocations with other potentially responsible parties. 

Awards & Honors

Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated.

Named on the list of The Best Lawyers in America© from 2011 to 2016 for Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Named on the list of Washington Super Lawyers in 2010, and 2012 through 2016. 

Named on the list of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington by Super Lawyers in 2016. 

Chosen for individual recognition for Environment in Washington State by Chambers USA, 2013 – 2017.

Listed in the International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers.

Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

Linda  R.  Larson
Linda  R.  Larson

Practices

Education

Mediation Training, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2011

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1978, Washington Law Review, Moot Court Honor Board

B.A., University of Washington, 1975, magna cum laude, With Distinction in History, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

Supreme Court of Washington

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts for the districts of Eastern District of Washington, Western District of Washington, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Michigan and the District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Member, American Bar Association, Environment

Member, Washington State Bar Association

Member, WSBA Land Use and Environmental Mediation Committee

Member, Washington Mediation Association

Member, Seattle-King County Bar Association

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Forterra, Seattle 2016 - Present

Board of Directors, Public Radio International, Minneapolis (2001-present)
     Chair of the Board (2009-2011)

Board of Directors, Museum of History and Industry (2011-2016)

Board of Trustees, Seattle Public Library (1997-2006)
     President (2002-2003)
     Chair of Facilities Committee (1999-2006)

Board of Trustees, Seattle Public Library Foundation (2005-2009)

Nominating Committee, Totem Girl Scout Council Board of Directors (2001-2004)

Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of Western Washington (1993-1998)

Board of Directors, Seattle Children’s Museum (1987-1991)
     President (1990-1991)

Member, City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (1983-1989)

Awards & Honors

Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated.

Named on the list of The Best Lawyers in America© from 2011 to 2016 for Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Named on the list of Washington Super Lawyers in 2010, and 2012 through 2016. 

Named on the list of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington by Super Lawyers in 2016. 

Chosen for individual recognition for Environment in Washington State by Chambers USA, 2013 – 2017.

Listed in the International Who's Who of Environmental Lawyers.

Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

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