Biography

Maureen's practice centers on environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including CERCLA and post-cleanup Natural Resource Damage claims, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Model Toxics Control Act, SEPA/NEPA, climate change/carbon markets and water rights. 

Her litigation practice also has a particular emphasis on commercial disputes, insurance, real estate, environmental land use and Indian law.

Maureen has broad experience in litigating matters through trial, but also believes in accomplishing negotiated resolutions of disputes. She represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations, and in state and federal courts at the trial level and on appeal. 

Representative Matters

  • CERCLA/RCRA Matters
    Representation of major chemical company at Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund site with complex issues related to CERCLA, RCRA, and Indian tribe jurisdiction. Company’s property is located on fee land within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Hall Reservation of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
  • RCRA and Waste-Related Litigation
    Represented major chemical company in litigation before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that resulted in vacated District Court order regarding third-party beneficiary status of Indian tribe to enforce RCRA Consent Decree. Involved with appellate litigation of tribal ordinance regarding company’s waste activities, after successfully obtaining Tribal Court decision in favor of company and against tribe.
  • Complex Superfund Sites
    Defending former owners of waterfront sites in Superfund sites in the Pacific Northwest, including the Thea Foss Waterway, Portland Harbor, and the Lower Duwamish, from Natural Resource Damage and remedial action cost claims.
  • Brownfields
    Representation of joint clients seeking redevelopment of Brownfield site in Seattle, Washington, with historical dry-cleaning operations and DNAPL solvent in soil and groundwater.
  • Contamination Litigation
    Defended contract-based recovery claim brought against a public company in which plaintiff sought lost rent and diminution of value (stigma) damages for contaminated site. Plaintiff dropped claims after defense filed Motion for Summary Judgment.
  • Clean Air Act
    Representation of several clients with issues related to NAAQS PM-10 compliance, redesignation of non-compliant airshed, and compliance with Washington State toxic and nuisance emissions requirements. Served as local counsel for nine state agencies in Clean Air Act Consent Decree matter against St. Gobain Containers, Inc.
  • Water Issues
    Representation of private-sector clients on water banking, water rights, and Clean Water Act.
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
    Extensive litigation and arbitration experience, including three-phase AAA arbitration resulting in complete dismissal of $200 million damage claims. Experience in international arbitration under International Chamber of Commerce Rules of Arbitration. Successfully arbitrated and settled through mediation numerous commercial claims and enforced judgments through garnishment and other means.
  • Commercial and Residential Lease Disputes
    Advise and represent customers in landlord-tenant disputes.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Maureen was an attorney at a Seattle law firm that focuses on environmental and business litigation. Immediately after law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable H. Joseph Coleman of the Washington State Court of Appeals. 

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Throughout her career, Maureen has advised Russian-speaking clients through their native language. She also volunteers with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Projects to help defend the rights of immigration clients.

Honors & Awards

  • Named in The Best Lawyers In America: Natural Resources Law (2013-2017)
  • Named a Washington "Super Lawyer"
  • Named "Seattle Lawyer of the Year" for Natural Resources Law in The Best Lawyers In America (2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (5.0 out of 5) for Environmental Law, Litigation and General Practice (2015)
  • Named a Washington Super Lawyers "Rising Star"