Nossaman Expands Operations in Pacific Northwest with Addition of Preeminent Environmental and Litigation Attorneys Leslie Nellermoe and Michael Wrenn


Seattle, WA — Nossaman has expanded its presence in the Pacific Northwest and added Leslie Nellermoe to its Environment and Land Use Practice Group and Michael Wrenn to its Litigation Practice Group, they join the Firm as Partners in the Seattle office. Leslie and Michael were founders and name partners of well-known Seattle litigation and environmental regulation firm Nellermoe Wrenn. 

"Leslie and Mike have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in complex environmental projects and litigation disputes, as well as  a robust network of clients and contacts in the Pacific Northwest and nationally," said Nossaman’s Managing Partner, George Joseph. "We are very excited about their addition. It enhances our environmental and litigation practices, and bolsters our presence in Seattle—which is an important market for us, and the economic engine of the region."

With more than 30 years of experience, Leslie focuses her practice on contaminated property and waste management issues, advising clients on the cost-effective cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated property under state and federal authorities. She has represented owners and operators of commercial and industrial facilities, small and large buyers, sellers and lenders involved in contaminated property cleanups and transactions in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma and Missouri. 

"Nossaman’s renowned, nationwide environmental practice, its well-respected team of attorneys, and the opportunity to help grow the environmental practice in the Northwest were very attractive," said Leslie. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues and leveraging the Firm’s resources to provide best-in-class services to my clients."

Michael, a seasoned litigator who has been practicing for more than 35 years, has represented some of the world’s largest companies in groundbreaking and complex litigation including environmental litigation, insurance recovery and commercial litigation. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of insurance recovery, and has been lead counsel in more than 20 multimillion dollar lawsuits seeking coverage for environmental, business interruption and construction defect claims against insurance companies. 

"The Firm’s commitment to Seattle, coupled with its strong reputation across the U.S. in the litigation space and dynamic group of attorneys makes it a great fit for me," stated Michael. "I look forward to working with Nossaman’s deep, talented team to continue to deliver business-driven results for my clients."

Svend Brandt-Erichsen, the Administrative Partner for Nossaman’s Seattle office and a Partner in the Environment and Land Use Practice Group, added "I’m very pleased that Leslie and Mike are joining the office. Their talents are a fantastic addition to the Firm’s capabilities in the Seattle region and enhance these practices nationally."

Nossaman's Environment and Land Use Practice Group has an established reputation for helping clients achieve their goals by collaborating to develop and carry out strategies at the intersection of law, policy, engineering and science. The Group has been perennially ranked by Chambers USA as a leading law firm in the practice space, and offers strategic advice to clients on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues before local, state and federal adjudicatory and legislative bodies. Over the past several years, the practice has added a number of key attorneys, including Steven Kaufmann, who joined the Los Angeles office as a Partner in 2017; Linda Larson and Svend Brandt-Erichsen, who joined as Partners in the Seattle office in 2016; and Steven Quarles who joined as a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office respectively in 2015. 

Nossaman's Litigation Practice Group serves both the public and private sectors, and has earned a strong reputation for its team of extraordinary trial attorneys and the tremendous successes they have achieved on behalf of clients in high stakes litigation. In 2017, the Group has added several notable practitioners, including William Adams, David Lee and Ilse Scott, who joined as Partners in the San Francisco office, and Chris Hughes, who joined as a Partner in the Sacramento office.

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