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Larry B. Burke

Larry Burke is an environmental, health and safety attorney. He brings his engineering and industry background to a range of issues, including those involving consumer products, groundwater contamination, and toxic exposures. Larry assists facilities in air permitting, environmental auditing, hazardous and universal waste management, asbestos, Superfund issues, and OSHA compliance. He represents clients in litigation involving citizen suits, RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and California's Proposition 65. Larry provides advice on insurance coverage and representation in insurance coverage disputes.

Larry's representative clients include: Comcast, Yahoo, and Port of Kalama.

Representative Experience

Air permitting

Obtaining Washington PCHB approval for Yahoo data center expansion air permit in case currently under appeal. (Ongoing)

Environmental remediation and insurance coverage for oil and chemical company

Assisting an oil and chemical company in its investigation and remediation of contamination after having helped it obtain insurance coverage for chlorinated solvent contamination where no coverage had been found by previous counsel. (Ongoing)


Organized and managed Environmental Health & Safety audit for Northwest hospital chain (2016) and assisted with nationwide auditing of Fortune 500 company with operations in 37 states. (2015-2017)


Assisted the City of Salem, Ore., in obtaining prospective purchaser agreements for various locations at Minto Island and a former mill property to allow redevelopment. (2013-2015)

Washington County v. Estate of Saleen et al.

Obtained recovery of over $1 million for Washington County in recovery actions and citizen suit against prior operators of landfill on county's property. 07-1549PK (2011)

Moore v. Cash Flow Investors, et al.

Obtained insurance coverage for past owner regarding contamination at service station and prevailed upon summary judgment and appeal in defense of lawsuit by current property owner seeking economic damages. CV03120245 (Or. Ct. App. 2010) Read more

Acquisition of regional medical center for Providence Health System

Represented Providence Health System, Southern California in its acquisition of Tarzana Regional Medical Center, a general acute care hospital located in Tarzana, Calif., from affiliates of Tenet Healthcare. This transaction was unusual in that the real estate was acquired from a ground lessor (which ground leased the hospital property to Tenet) and the hospital business from Tenet. (2008)

Environmental enforcement for Fortune 100 company

Assisted Fortune 100 company in responding to alleged violations and resolution of claims involving hazardous waste and air emissions, and water quality regulations. (2008)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals v. Hallock, et al.

Assisted pharmaceutical company in first ever recovery from State of Oregon for work performed under unilateral order. Client recovered $1.5 million from Oregon Hazardous Substances Fund. 06C11571 (2008)

Environmental litigation and insurance coverage for landlord

Assisted partnership in successfully settling claim with automobile dealer regarding effect of environmental provision in option agreement and then obtained insurance coverage for past environmental expenses that prior attorneys had not pursued. (2007)

American States Insurance Company v. Bercot, et al.

Response to claims of asbestos in homeowners' soil at former marine base developed by client. Successfully litigated to obtain insurance coverage, resolved bankruptcy claims and obtained consent decree protection for client. 03-CV-637-CO (2006) Read more

Environmental litigation for major oil company

Assisted major oil company in successful resolution of multi-party litigation involving contamination at a former bulk fuel facility. (2006)

Air emissions suit for Fortune 100 company

Successful defense and settlement of a citizen suit seeking $25 million for alleged unpermitted air emissions. (D. Or. 2000)

Citizen suit for major oil company

Successful defense of a citizen suit involving petroleum contamination. (D. Or. 1996)

Space Age Fuels, Inc. v. Standard Oil of California

Obtain summary judgment for client in RCRA citizen suit based on doctrine of abstention. 1996 WL 160741 (1996)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Vice Chair, Waste & Resource Recovery Committee, American Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Environmental Section, Oregon State Bar, 2012-2016
  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • Classroom Law Project/Constitutional Law Program
  • Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Rules Advisory Committee, Cleaner Air Oregon

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Environmental Law (Oregon) by Chambers USA, 2006-2018
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2015
  • Awarded "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" in Energy, Environmental, & Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell   
  • California Registered Environmental Assessor (REA), 1990-2012 
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"Adept at explaining both the scientific and legal sides of environmental issues, and is very effective in working through the maze of environmental law." -Chambers USA 2018