William D. Maer

Mr. Maer has been an environmental lawyer for more than 35 years.  He represents clients in all areas of environmental law, including CERCLA, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, NEPA and their state counterparts.

His clients have included ports, private landowners, oil, pipeline and mining/smelting companies, wood preservers, structural steel contractors, pulp mills, railroads, truck manufacturers and hazardous waste management companies.  He has represented clients in cost recovery and toxic tort litigation in Washington and Alaska state courts and federal courts in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New York.

Representative Engagements

  • Cost Recovery Litigation:  Represented a variety of clients in contaminated site cost recovery litigation in Washington State, Utah, Colorado, Illinois and New York, resulting in recovery of millions of dollars in costs.  Specific engagements include:
    • Defense of a PRP in a multi-million dollar cost recovery action; Successfully settled on behalf of the client by obtaining a cap on its liability for future costs.
    • Defense of cost recovery actions in Federal and state court against Manufacturer.
    • Represented client in a cost recovery action in Federal District Court against the United States related to sediment contamination.
    • Represented Company in seeking cost recovery action, in which defendant agreed to pay the full amount of costs being sought prior to trial
  • Toxic Tort Litigation: Defended a major mining and smelting company in toxic tort litigation in two states, resulting in favorable outcomes to the client.
  • Oil and Gas Industry NPDES Permits: Represented several major oil companies, as well as the Alaska Oil and Gas Association in connection with issuance and legal challenges to the first NPDES permits issued to offshore oil and gas and related onshore facilities.  In connection with these engagements, Mr. Maer was involved in the first evidentiary hearing ever held under the Clean Water Act and assisted EPA in writing the first general NPDES permit for the oil and gas industry
For more information concerning the firm’s Statement of Qualifications, please contact us.


  • University of Texas Law School (LL.B)
  • University of Texas (B.A.)


  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Texas

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