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Property Development

Making the Deal Work

We have gained a reputation as lawyers who can help clients develop property that would otherwise be passed over due to environmental challenges. These challenges can come in the form of contaminated land and groundwater, endangered species, shoreline development restrictions, wetlands, water shortages, and a host of other issues. We know that, with experience and creativity, even the most difficult to develop properties can be put into productive use. In that regard, we have helped clients redevelop:

  • A municipal landfill into nearly 600,000 square feet of office space fully leased to a major software company;
  • A former coal gasification plant into a 1.2 million square foot office complex leased to major financial, professional and investment services firms;
  • A former coal storage site into the international headquarters for a well known e-commerce company;
  • A former demolition landfill into the region’s premier golf complex.


We bring over 30 years of experience in our region to bear, including many of the largest public and private development projects — over 20 million square feet of commercial office space, residential communities, manufacturing facilities, airports, transit facilities, and many other projects. We help our clients with:

  • Environmental review
  • Financing
  • Leasing
  • Permitting
  • Sale and acquisitions
  • Site preparation and construction issues

Representative Client Work

Represent one of the largest commercial development companies in the Northwest.
In the last three years, we advised the region’s largest commercial office space developer on the permitting, leasing and sale of over seven million square feet of commercial and residential property in the Pacific Northwest.
Represented a Seattle-based company develop a former railroad station and coal gasification plant into 1.2 million square feet of commercial office space and a regional transit hub.
Obtained one of the first prospective purchaser agreements ever negotiated by the State of Washington.
Assisting company in developing a former rail yard into residential housing.
One of the largest residential developments under development in the western United States.
Assisting the largest residential developer in Washington in resolving claims arising from construction fill material.
Managed environmental due diligence for fourteen PVC manufacturing facilities as part of a successful $418 million merger.
The project was completed in less than eight weeks.
Represented golf course developer in building championship 36 hole course on top of a construction debris landfill.
Obtained prospective purchaser consent decree, negotiated conditions of development.

Bradley M. Marten Practice Head

Bradley M. Marten

Brad Marten is the Managing Partner of Marten Law. He is consistently ranked by his peers as one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers. Brad is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. More

Richard H. Allan

Richard H. Allan

Richard Allan is the managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. Richard represents developers in the acquisition, siting, expansion and operation of major projects, with an emphasis on energy facilities, but also including industrial facilities, ski areas, and destination resorts. More

Andrew C. Bell

Andrew C. Bell

Andrew Bell advises clients on the permitting of large-scale energy and real estate development projects on private lands in California and on federal public lands across the western United States. He represents some of America’s largest private and publicly traded corporations before local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis. More

Myles A. Conway

Myles Conway

Myles Conway has 24 years of practice experience working in the areas of real estate law, land use, public lands, environmental law and mining. Mr. Conway assists clients with real estate and development projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. More

Jessica K. Ferrell

Jessica K. Ferrell

Jessica Ferrell'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. More

Kevin T. Haroff

Kevin Haroff

Kevin Haroff is the managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. He has represented Fortune 100 corporations, governmental entities, and private citizens in civil litigation and regulatory matters for more than 25 years. More

Jeff B. Kray

Jeff B. Kray

Jeff Kray's practice focuses on water quality, water resources, and complex environmental litigation, including Clean Water Act permitting and regulatory compliance, and CERCLA (Superfund) site remediation. He has represented public and private clients throughout the country. More

Meline G. MacCurdy

Meline G. MacCurdy

Meli represents clients in environmental litigation, compliance, and permitting.  She has particular experience with environmental cleanups, cost recovery, and allocation of environmental liabilities under state and federal cleanup laws, water quality issues including stormwater and NPDES permits, environmental review statutes, and hazardous waste management.   More

Terry T. Uhling

Terry T. Uhling

Terry advises the firm and its clients on strategic and complex matters across the spectrum of issues that affect agribusiness, food processing, mining, water and other natural resources rights. He shares his time among each of the firm’s offices and is located in Sun Valley, Idaho. More

Commercial Developer: Citizen Suit Defense

We defended a property owner and developer who was the target of a citizen’s suit alleging violation of the Clean Water Act in connection with the development, permitting, and construction of a large residential development. Defense of the case required coordination with the U.S. More

EDF Renewable Energy, Inc.: 150 MW Desert Harvest Solar

We have counseled EDF Renewable Energy, Inc. on the permitting of the Desert Harvest Solar project in Riverside County, California. The 150 megawatt solar photovoltaic project was one of seven nationally significant solar and wind energy projects expedited as part of President Obama’s 2012 "We Can't Wait" initiative. More

Energy Facility Developer: California Utility-Scale Solar Projects

We provide utility-scale solar due diligence and permitting advice to one of the nation’s largest privately held companies. Projects have ranged from 20 to 350 megawatts. Our work has focused primarily on environmental impact reviews, endangered species, and land use entitlements from local governments and the Bureau of Land Management. More

Fortune 500 Retailer: Entitlement of 20-Acre Retail Site

We have acted as land use counsel to a Fortune 500 retail sales company for the permitting and environmental impact review of a 20-acre retail site in Pleasanton, California. More

Hoyt Street Yards: Railyard to Urban Neighborhood

For 15 years, RIchard Allan has worked with Hoyt Street Properties, LLC, the developer that is transforming a former railyard into a high-density residential and commercial neighborhood and the focal point of Portland’s renowned Pearl District. More

Ogin, Inc.: Wind Repower Permitting and Land Use Due Diligence

We have provided California land use and natural resource counsel to Ogin, Inc. for the acquisition and repowering of multiple wind project sites with a new, shrouded turbine technology. More