Louis advises municipal governments, private companies, and nonprofits in several areas of environmental law, including hazardous waste cleanup and liability, environmental permitting, water rights, water quality, and insurance.
- Represent clients in issues related to hazardous waste contamination: assessing environmental conditions of clients’ property and potential liabilities, complying with cleanup regulations, recovering from responsible parties, and obtaining insurance coverage.
- Advise clients in real estate transactions involving hazardous waste contamination, assessment of regulatory risks, and negotiations with regulators and other parties.
- Advocate for clients in disputes over water rights and real property issues, including water rights permits for renewable energy projects and other development.
- Advise municipalities in understanding and complying with wastewater and stormwater permits, and in related administrative proceedings and court actions.
- Assist municipal and quasi-municipal corporations in negotiating property transactions, planning public works projects, and complying with legal duties.
Before joining Cascadia, Louis spent four years as a judicial law clerk. At the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Louis helped manage a large docket of federal civil and criminal cases. At the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, he handled appeals on issues of state law ranging from real property disputes to criminal sentencing statutes. During law school, he worked as a legal intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco and in the California Attorney General's Public Rights Division, Environment, Land Law, and Natural Resources Section.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Washington State Courts