Coastline Law Group PLLC is a boutique environmental law firm located on the waters of the Pacific Northwest in Tacoma, Washington.  We represent municipalities, municipal corporations, businesses, and other entities in matters concerning:

  • Superfund and cleanup actions, including cost recovery, remediation, liability allocation, and insurance contribution matters;
  • Stormwater and other regulatory compliance issues; and
  • Agency negotiations and judicial and administrative proceedings involving government regulatory agencies.

We also advise clients on regulatory compliance matters, further permitting efforts, and provide counsel to minimize environmental risk.

We have extensive experience in complex multi-party and multi-agency remediation and cost recovery actions involving intricate legal and factual matters with millions of dollars at stake.  We’ve represented clients in some of the largest and most complex environmental remediation matters in the United States.

We are known for our ability to represent clients in these matters by developing strategies to further client objectives, and being able to work with numerous counsel and agency representatives to create a path and protocol for resolving litigation in an efficient manner.

When matters must be litigated, we are tenacious in seeking a full win for our clients, and we have a long history of securing favorable results.

Our attorneys average more than twenty years of environmental law practice.  Our clients include the Port of Tacoma, Port of Portland, City of Seattle and Simpson Tacoma Land Company, as well as a variety of other public and private entities.

With our small firm size, we provide high quality legal representation at a more reasonable cost to our clients.

Washington Lawyers for Cost Recovery, Liability Allocation, and Remediation Matters

Federal and state superfund site cleanup and remediation can often cost millions.  In some cases, numerous parties and agencies may be involved, and complex legal and factual issues may be stake.  When a business, municipality, municipal corporation, or other entity is involved in such an action, it is critical to retain highly experienced environmental lawyers to protect your entity’s interests and further its objectives.

We have long been involved in all aspects of representing superfund and agency-mandated site clean-up and remediation, including:

  • Negotiations and litigation for liability allocation,
  • Efforts to seek cost recovery from other potentially responsible parties (PRPs) and insurance companies,
  • Negotiations with regulatory agencies concerning the actual scope and performance of remediation, including agency approval and sign-off, and
  • Environmental issues associated with bankruptcy.

Our representation in these matters includes both plaintiffs and defendants. We represent clients in matters arising under under both state and federal environmental law.

For more information about our Cost Recovery, Allocation of Liability, and Remediation Practice and a Statement of our Qualifications for these matters, please contact us.

Insurance Recovery in Superfund and Remediation Matters

Many remediation and cost recovery actions involve complex legal and factual matters, including how liability should be allocated among businesses, municipal corporations, and other “potentially responsible parties.”  In many cases, companies or entities allegedly responsible for environmental pollution may have had insurance policies in place that potentially provide coverage.

Historically, insurance general liability policies generally did not exclude environmental contamination and releases from coverage.  Beginning in the early 1970s with the advent of new environmental laws, insurance carriers began writing policies to exclude many types of environmental contamination from coverage (except for sudden and accidental releases).  Such exclusions were widely in place by 1984.

Determining Whether Insurance Coverage Exists in Superfund and Remediation Matters

Some Superfund and remediation claims involve environmental contamination that may have occurred over many years, and, in some cases, decades.  Companies and entities alleged to have been PRPs may have had different insurance policies in place, including older policies (which may provide coverage) and new policies (in which coverage may or may not be provided).

We represent plaintiffs seeking to recover against insurance companies on policies as well as insureds and their insurance companies defending against such claims.  We are highly experienced in litigating the often complex legal and factual issues that often arise in these claims.

To find out more about our experience in Insurance cost recovery claims, please contact us.

Environmental Representation for Matters Involving State and Federal Agencies

We routinely represent businesses, municipalities, municipal corporations, and other entities in a wide variety of matters involving state and federal environmental agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the State of Washington Department of Ecology.  Our firm’s experience includes numerous negotiations with these and other agencies on administrative orders and other regulatory issues.

Often our representation is in connection with rules and regulations concerning:

  • State and federal cleanup laws, including CERCLA and its state counterparts;
  • Natural Resource Damages (NRD);
  • Clean Water Act (CWA);
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA);
  • Environmental bankruptcy matters;
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA); and
  • Permitting under such regulations.

With attorneys averaging more than 20 years of environmental law practice, we are well-versed in providing representation concerning a wide variety of environmental matters.


Coastline Law Group PLLC
4015 Ruston Way, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98402

Please feel free to give us a call for any information or stop by and see us at our location on the waterfront in Tacoma, next to the Lobster Shop.