Cascadia Law Group

Environmental Attorneys in Seattle and Olympia

Joseph A. Rehberger

Joseph A. Rehberger
Partner
Olympia
direct: (360) 786-5062

Joe focuses his practice on complex environmental, natural resources, land use, and real estate litigation and advice.  His clients include national and local businesses, local governments, individuals, and nonprofit groups.  

Professional:

  • Represent clients in disputes over liability for environmental cleanup costs and natural resource damages under federal and state Superfund laws, including negotiations with regulatory agencies over responsibility for investigating and remediating contaminated property and multiparty litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

  • Represent and advise clients in land use and shoreline permitting process, including challenges before local governments, hearing examiners, the Shoreline Hearings Board, Growth Management Hearings Board, and Washington courts.

  • Represent clients in disputes and litigation arising federal and state environmental laws, including greenhouse gas emission and climate change regulations, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) compliance.

  • Represent and advise clients on water rights transactions, regulations, and permitting process, including litigation of disputes before the Pollution Control Hearings Board and Washington courts.

  • Represent local and regional governmental entities in trial court and appellate litigation relating to assorted claims, including MTCA, SEPA, greenhouse gas emissions regulations, climate change, and taxing authority.

  • Represent policyholders in disputes over coverage for environmental and property liabilities and claims under comprehensive general liability (CGL) policies, specialty environmental insurance products, and title insurance claims; state and federal court litigation of disputed insurance coverage issues, including claims for wrongful denial and bad faith.

  • Represent environmental trust in insurance recovery cases arising out of CERCLA cleanup and natural resource damage liability at state and federal Superfund sites in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho; collaborate with EPA Region 10 technical staff, legal counsel, and Department of Justice litigation counsel in case and claim preparation.

  • Represent commercial and residential property owners in real property transactions, disputes, and litigation, including easement and access issues, boundary encroachments, local land use and zoning regulations, and nuisance claims.

  • Counsel pro bono for environmental and other advocacy and nonprofit groups asserting claims promoting or protecting the environment, combating homelessness, and other public interest causes.

  • Named a Super Lawyers® Rising Star  (2012– present) by Thomson Reuters.

  •  Former law clerk to the Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge, Washington State Supreme Court.

Civic Activities:

Member, Washington State Bar Association, Idaho Bar Association, Thurston County Bar Association, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

Mentor, University of Washington School of Law (2007 – present)

Volunteer, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (2006 – present)

Assistant Coach, Capitol Little League (2011 – present)

Long Range Strategic Plan Sub-Committee Member, Bellarmine Preparatory School (2007 – 2008)