Valerie represents clients in regulatory and litigation matters, including cleanup of contaminated property, disputes over cleanup liability and cost allocation, insurance recovery for environmental liabilities, environmental permitting, land use, and tort claims arising from environmental conditions. Previously an Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Washington Department of Ecology, Valerie has broad experience in federal and state hazardous waste cleanup laws, water quality and water resources issues, and waste management.
Represent potentially responsible parties in multi-party hazardous waste sites and in negotiations with regulatory agencies over cleanup obligations.
Represent individual and corporate clients in disputes over liability for environmental cleanup costs arising under state and federal law.
Advise clients on potential liability under state and federal hazardous waste cleanup laws.
Advise clients regarding compliance with Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements, including obligations under the Construction Stormwater General Permit and the Industrial Stormwater General Permit.
Advise buyers and sellers of contaminated and potentially contaminated property about environmental liabilities in real estate and corporate transactions.
Represent and advise policyholders and insurance carriers in disputes involving coverage for environmental liabilities.
Represent and advise clients regarding land use matters, including obligations arising under the State Environmental Policy Act.
Represent individual and municipal clients in tort claims arising from environmental conditions.
Named SuperLawyers Rising Star by ThomsonReuters (2017 – present)
Member, Board of Directors, EarthCorps (2016 – present)
Co-Editor, Washington State Bar Association Environment and Land Use Law Section Newsletter (2014 – present)
Volunteer Clinic Attorney, King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics (2016 – present)