Margaret J. Lee

Margaret (Meg) Lee’s practice focuses on environmental and contract law, environmental regulatory compliance and litigation. She has substantial experience in representing clients in remediation matters, including allocation, cost recovery, and insurance lawsuits, as well as before administrative agencies in connection with remediation efforts. Meg is adept at developing and implementing long-term legal strategies while efficiently managing large teams in complex multi-party liability allocations, achieving positive results for her clients.

Meg has represented several clients involved in multiple CWA citizen suit enforcement actions for stormwater, counseling companies to help them come into compliance under the NPDES permit and mitigating damages by coming to effective settlement agreements. She has also assisted in negotiating multiple administrative orders and settlements on behalf of port districts with federal and state regulatory agencies under RCRA, CERCLA, and MTCA.

Representative Engagements

  • Allocation: Currently works as outside counsel for large public entities participating in the Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Superfund Site Allocations.  Meg manages team work product, drafts mandatory allocation filings, conducts research regarding historic activities, and supports the entities in allocation strategy decisions.
  • Cost Recovery Litigation: Represented a municipal corporation in CERCLA litigation pursuing recovery of substantial costs incurred during investigation and remediation within the Commencement Bay Superfund Site, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars.
  • Stormwater Litigation:  Meg has represented homeowners dealing with private and community stormwater issues, and represented multiple clients both prosecuting and defending against CWA citizen suit claims, negotiating positive settlements for her clients.
For more information concerning the firm’s Statement of Qualifications, please contact us.

Previous Professional Experience

Meg’s litigation experience includes her work as a clerk for Justice Charles Johnson at the Washington State Supreme Court and as an extern for the Honorable Ronald Leighton at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Prior to joining Coastline Law Group, Meg worked with former port counsel Bob Goodstein where she assisted in environmental and general counsel services for port districts across Washington State.  She also worked at the Center for International Environmental Law in Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development and conducting environmental policy research for the University of San Jose in Costa Rica.  This wide-ranging scientific and legal experience enables her to better understand complex environmental matters and effectively counsel clients when navigating this challenging area of the law.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2007)
  • Western Washington University, B.S. in Environmental Science and Minor in Chemistry (2001)

Admissions

  • Washington State
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

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