James L Robenalt
Fax: (206) 628-6611
Two Union Square
601 Union Street, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98101
Jim Robenalt is a member in the Seattle office. His practice emphasizes environmental remedial actions and environmental contribution litigation. Mr. Robenalt also has substantial experience in the areas of general litigation and insurance coverage. Mr. Robenalt has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the State of Washington. Mr. Robenalt was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for 2014, 2015, and 2016 as well as one of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys’ 2015 Premier 100.
In 2016, Mr. Robenalt was co-lead counsel in a state-court trial involving MTCA liability and remediation issues, including questions of whether two defendant companies had polluted a commercial property and subsequently operated an active in situ remediation system.
Jim currently serves as co-lead counsel for a fruit processing plant in a state-court matter involving the unique question of whether fruit pomace composted over time constitutes a “dangerous waste.”
Represented clients in litigation regarding residential heating oil spills, including the investigation and remediation of soil, groundwater and sediment contamination.
Provided reservation-of-rights defense with respect a variety of environmental claims to many different clients on behalf of several insurance carriers.
Principal author on motion for summary judgment in tribal trust fund case against the U.S. government that resulted in favorable settlement for Tribal client. Round Valley Indian Tribes v. U.S., No. 06-00900 (Fed. Cl.).
Jim also successfully secured political asylum for an Eritrean client as lead pro bono counsel before the U.S. Immigration Court.
Mr. Robenalt is a member of the American Bar Association where he belongs to the Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee of the Litigation Section. He is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association, including its Environmental and Land Use Section. In 2012, Mr. Robenalt successfully completed the TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy.
- Author, “Supreme Court Rules the EPA Must Consider Costs When Regulating Pollution,” DRI Publication, July 2015.
- Co-Author, “State of Washington Construction Law Compendium,” USLAW Network, 2009, 2014.
- Co-Author, “Civil Rule 16, Pretrial Procedure and Formulating Issues,” Washington State Bar Civil Procedure Deskbook, 2014.
- Author, “Civil Rule 44, Proof of Official Record,” Washington State Bar Civil Procedure Deskbook, 2014.
- Co-Author, Oregon Chapter, “Construction Litigation Deskbook Reference: A 50-State Survey,” Defense Research Institute, To Be Published.
- Co-Author, “Navigating a New Course: Why the Deepwater Horizon Ecologic Disaster Should Spur Clean Energy Progress,” USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2012.
- Co-Author, “Why Dangerous Greenhouse Gases May Be Incapable Of Regulation,” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 2012.
- Co-Author, “The Medicare Secondary Payer Statute: Compliance and The Mandatory Reporting Requirements,” ABA TIPS Business Litigation Committee Newsletter, Winter 2011.
- Co-Author, Idaho Chapter, “Federal Jurisdiction Based on Removal: A 50-State Survey,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2008.
- Author, “Predatory Pricing in the Low-Fare Airline Market: Targeted, Discriminatory, and Achieved with Impunity,” 68 Ohio St. L.J. 641 (2007).
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Environmental Law
- General Litigation
- Indian Law & Gaming
- Insurance Coverage
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (JD), Chief Managing Editor - The Ohio State Law Journal, 2007
- Cornell University (BA), Government, 2002