Jessica's practice focuses on environmental and natural resource litigation. She represents public and private clients in cases arising under the Endangered Species Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, NEPA, CERCLA, MTCA, the Clean Water Act, and other federal, state, and local environmental laws. She has successfully represented clients in litigating cost recovery actions, defending renewable energy projects and fishing operations against ESA and NEPA challenges, and in various permitting issues. She has negotiated settlements in complex multi-party hazardous waste cleanups and advised local governments, developers, irrigation districts, and other clients on environmental regulatory compliance, potential environmental liabilities in property transactions, and water rights and other issues arising in ESA section 7 consultations.
Represents fishing and processing companies in challenges to National Marine Fisheries Service allocations, fishery management regulations, and associated ESA and NEPA decisions for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod and Atka mackerel fisheries.
- Represented a New Mexico municipality and county in the remediation of groundwater at Superfund site, including regulatory negotiations, technical and historical investigation of potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”), and negotiation of allocation issues with PRPs.
- Represented a Washington municipality in CERCLA and MTCA cost recovery and contribution action to recover remediation costs at a former military base. Jessica prosecuted claims against the military and its defense contractors, obtaining insurance coverage to cover cleanup costs and an order requiring the federal government to allow local governments to help structure the remedial action. 416 F.Supp.2d 1015 (E.D. Wash. 2005).
- Represented a mining company in estimation hearings in the largest environmental bankruptcy case in the United States.
- Advising a Washington recycling and composting company on compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws.
- Successfully appealed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ denial of Alaska landowners’ permit applications under the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbors Act.
- Prosecuted and defended claims in multiple matters to recover environmental cleanup costs under CERCLA and MTCA. Representative cases include airports, maintenance yards, landfills, smelters, refineries, gas stations, dry cleaners, and salvage and recycling facilities.