Brian Ferrasci-O’Malley is an environmental and natural resources attorney whose practice spans both transactional work and litigation. Based in Seattle, he regularly advises clients across the United States on energy development and federal wildlife law issues, including matters under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Companies with contaminated properties look to Brian to help litigate cases and manage risk. He represents clients in state and federal litigation, as well as in complex, multi-party allocation processes. Brian has particular experience with natural resource damages (NRD) matters under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). Prior to joining Nossaman, Brian was an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor, where he managed a nationwide docket of NRD cases under CERCLA and OPA. Clients rely on the knowledge Brian has gained working on project-specific and policy-level NRD matters to help solve their own difficult NRD issues.
Municipalities and other entities with complicated regulatory matters benefit from Brian’s years of experience coordinating with numerous federal, state, and tribal entities. Brian also draws on his training as a scientist and environmental consultant to help clients achieve their goals. He holds undergraduate and graduate scientific degrees and, prior to practicing law, he worked as an environmental consultant directing habitat restoration and community-based conservation projects across Washington State and Montana. Brian began his legal career as an associate at a boutique environmental law firm in Seattle.
Natural Resource Damages Claims. Provide counsel to government and private party clients on the full lifecycle of NRD cases, from evaluating the strength of potential claims, to negotiating the parameters of cooperative assessments, to designing restoration projects that meet NEPA and CERCLA or OPA requirements. Experience with a wide variety of contaminants of concern and affected resources. Knowledge of third-party credit banking mechanisms for resolving NRD liability.
Renewable Energy. Assess and review federal wildlife issues for potential wind and solar energy project acquisitions on behalf of national utilities and private investors. Prepare permitting opinions and transactional support for renewable energy developers on federal, state, and local natural resources and environmental issues.
Federal Wildlife Policy. Provide policy-level and project-specific advice to a national coalition of utilities and renewable energy companies on federal wildlife laws and policies affecting construction and operation of projects across the United States.
Cost Recovery and Cost Allocation. Lead associate on legal teams representing private parties in cost recovery actions, mediations, and multi-party cost allocation matters at CERCLA and MTCA remediation sites.
Contaminated Property Sites. Advise clients involved in contaminated property cleanups and transactions across the Pacific Northwest.
- 06.01.2020 | Nossaman eAlert
- 04.20.2020 | Nossaman eAlert
- 06.27.2019 | Nossaman eAlert
- 06.06.2019 | Nossaman eAlert
- 11.01.2018 | Nossaman eAlert
- Chapter 11.2 – Things You Need to Know: Environmental Audit Program and Endangered Species Act Scope of Review for Pipelines09.2018 | State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course
- 08.29.2018 | Nossaman eAlert
- 04.30.2014 | Law360
- 04.16.2020 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 10.17.2019 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 08.19.2019 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 05.23.2019 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 02.05.2019 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 10.30.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 09.19.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 07.16.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 05.15.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- 04.02.2018 | Endangered Species Law & Policy
- University of Montana's Environmental Studies Program (EVST) Alumni Panel10.14.2020
- Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group's Multi-Stakeholder State of the Practice Meeting10.17.2019
- King County Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Section's Annual Half-Day CLE Program04.04.2019
- National Fisheries Institute's 2019 Global Seafood Market Conference01.17.2019
- Hazardous Waste Case/Site Review: Extracting Lessons Learned and Elements of Successful Scientific and Legal Practices2018 Natural Resources Symposium09.25.2018
- 08.20.2020 | Best Lawyers in America
- 07.06.2020 | Washington Post
- 06.10.2020 | The Legal 500
- 02.26.2020 | Nossaman Announcement
- What Happens When the Fish Move? A Look at the Practical and Legal Impacts of Climate Change on American Fisheries
Community & Professional
American Bar Association (ABA), Member
ABA – Environment, Energy, and Resources Section: Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, Vice-Chair
Washington State Bar Association, Member
WSBA – 2021 Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Conference, Co-Chair
King County Bar Association, Member
Honors & Recognitions
Included in Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch for Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and Energy Law, 2021
Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Industry Focus - Environment - Litigation, 2020
Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Industry Focus - Energy - Renewable/Alternative Power, 2020
Selected to the Environmental Law Institute’s Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI-ELI), 2020
Doris Duke Conservation Fellow, 2005
- University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2013
- University of Montana, M.S., 2008
- Boston College, B.S., 2004
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims