Nossaman's Environment and Land Use Practice Expands National Footprint, Northwest Practice With Noted Environmental Attorney Svend Brandt-Erichsen


Seattle, WA (April 12, 2016) – Nossaman has expanded its national footprint and its offerings in the Northwest market with the addition of prominent environmental attorney Svend Brandt-Erichsen, who joins the Firm as a Partner in Seattle. He joins from Marten Law, where he served as the Office Managing Partner for the Seattle office.

Mr. Brandt-Erichsen has been an environmental attorney for 25 years, and his practice focuses on the development and ongoing operation of energy and natural resource projects. He began his career on the legislative staff of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and served as Regional Administrator of the State of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). He has litigated claims and advised companies on permitting and other issues arising under all of the major environmental statutes, assisted wind project developers with matters involving the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act, and litigated claims under the Federal Land Policy Management Act, NEPA, and its state law counterparts.

Mr. Brandt-Erichsen has worked on a number of firsts during his career—including serving as lead trial counsel for an independent developer in defending federal rights-of-way for a wind energy project in California’s Imperial Valley—the first renewable energy project to deliver power over the Sunrise Powerlink; representing  the developer of the first utility-scale wind energy project in Nevada in the successful defense of the federal right-of-way for the project; and serving as counsel to an independent power developer concerning the first integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project permitted in the U.S. to use carbon capture and sequestration.

"Svend’s extensive experience representing companies in complex matters involving critical environmental statutes—such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Air Act—will add depth to our market leading practice and help us better serve our national client base, said Paul Weiland, Chair of Nossaman’s Environment and Land Use Practice.

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 year, the practice has added a number of key attorneys to its group, including Steven P. Quarles who joined as a Partner in the Washington, DC office in May 2015.

Nossaman’s national platform, market reputation, and deep bench of talented attorneys drove Mr. Brandt-Erichsen’s  decision to join the Firm.

"I look forward to working with the outstanding team of attorneys in the Environment and Land Use Practice and across Nossaman, and also to helping the Firm expand its service offerings nationally and in the Northwest. Mr. Brandt-Erichsen said. Currently, in the Seattle region, Nossaman’s service offerings focus on its Environment and Land Use Practice Group—with Of Counsel Jean O. Melious working in the environment and land use arena.

Mr. Brandt-Erichsen holds a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University, and a B.A. from the University of Colorado. He is admitted to practice in Alaska and Washington.

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