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Portland

Portland, Oregon, nestled between mountains and rivers and surrounded by beautiful green space, is the U.S. capital for innovation in sustainability. This setting and a sense of obligation to future generations drives us to rethink our business decisions and how we conduct operations. Our attorneys and staff work with clients to not only develop innovative solutions to environmental challenges, but also to think of environmental stewardship as their own personal responsibility. Understanding what sustainability involves will help us better counsel our clients about the steps they need to take.

We believe in encouraging environmentally sustainable practices—in ways both big and small. This means supporting the growth of sustainable product innovation and the cleantech and renewable energy industries through our legal work, and also making simple changes firmwide that help minimize our ecological footprint.

Our legal leadership
Our attorneys have a genuine passion for and understanding of the business and issues related to the environmental innovation movement. They have strong industry backgrounds, and years of experience guiding clients through:
  • Developing wind, solar, biomass and geothermal facilities, from project finance to siting and permitting issues to construction
  • Advancing federal, regional and state legislative and regulatory proposals involving climate change and green development
  • Renewable electricity credit and carbon offset transactions
  • Securing and maintaining intellectual property rights for green technologies
  • Climate change disclosures issues
  • Sustainability trends, developments and new regulations
  • Counseling clients regarding product stewardship from cradle to grave, or in some instances cradle to cradle

Our firm culture
Since 1991, our green team has helped us stay committed to cultivating positive habits among our attorneys and staff. Our goal: reuse, reduce, recycle, and THINK. We believe that if we take a moment to think about our choices, we will make better choices that create meaningful and lasting influence. The sustainable practices our offices have implemented include:
  • Renting office space in an Energy-Star Certified building
  • Stocking reusable dishware and flatware and limited compostable dishware and flatware
  • Utilizing 100 percent post-consumer, ancient forest-friendly paper, business cards and stationery
  • Encouraging friendly challenges between offices in developing sustainable practices and reducing our carbon footprint
  • Participating in a “greenhouse gas emissions challenge” with Holland & Hart, a firm similar in size and culture to us, to see which firm can reduce its carbon footprint the most
  • Providing desk-side paper recycling receptacles at all workstations
  • Recycling receptacles for glass and plastic containers
  • Stocking office supplies made with recycled content
  • Providing filtered tap water for clients and attorneys--no bottled water
  • Administering pay stubs electronically
  • Encouraging videoconferencing as an alternative to traveling for meetings
  • Offering conference attendees the option of receiving conference materials on a thumb drive or via email rather than on paper
  • Donating old equipment and furniture to schools or community recycling centers
  • Partnering with vendors who share our commitment to environmentally sustainable practices
  • Subsidizing employee public transit passes
  • Providing bicycle storage and on-site shower facilities
  • Participating in the Northwest Earth Institute EcoChallenge