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Carson Bowler

Overview

Carson Bowler deals with environmental challenges in both Oregon and Washington. His experience in transactions, litigation and regulatory compliance provides clients a broad perspective and a wide range of options.

Carson works closely with clients to understand their needs and find cost-effective, practical solutions. He works to tailor strategies to meet clients’ immediate objectives and long-term goals.

Carson has more than 18 years’ experience with litigation and administrative proceedings, Superfund remediation, forestry, water quality and quantity, wetlands, insurance coverage, and real estate transactions and risk management. He represents both buyers and sellers of contaminated properties in due diligence reviews, indemnity agreements, pollution insurance provisions and other risk allocation aspects of real estate transactions. He has negotiated Consent Judgments/Orders, Prospective Purchaser Agreements and settlements with state and federal administrative agencies on a variety of matters involving administrative and environmental law.

In addition to his natural resources focus, Carson advises small and closely held businesses in day-to-day decision-making, including managing risk and liability. 

Experience

Experience

Project Oversight

  • Coordinated a team to remediate a Superfund site in Oregon, procured insurance for costs related to the site, and negotiated with state, federal and tribal governments to secure long-term cleanup and reuse of property.
  • Coordinated a team to address environmental risks associated with a low-income housing project, including negotiating indemnity agreement from former oil company operator, and obtaining a Prospective Purchaser Agreement and No Further Action letters from the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Developed Lacey Act Due Care programs with several firm clients.

Litigation

  • Recovered 100% of cleanup expenses plus attorney fees in a case involving underground storage tank releases into a residential neighborhood.
  • Defended Superfund prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice arising out of dioxin and other contamination used at historical window-manufacturing site.
  • Prosecuted breach of contract for environmental cleanup obligations, resulting in a settlement that paid the client rent during cleanup activities in addition to damages.
  • Worked on a team that had an $8 million Oregon Superfund case dismissed in a suit filed by an Oregon municipality.
  • Litigated navigability determinations for John Day River and Waldo Lake in state and federal court.

Memberships & Awards

Memberships

Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated
  • Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit (2001)
  • Washington State Bar Pro Bono Public Service Commendation (2011)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

‎“ISO 14001/Environmental Management Systems: Things Your Facility Needs to ‎Know,” Northwest Pulp & Paper Association (2015).‎

“Environmental Considerations in the Business Transaction” (2013).

Invasions of Real Property, Including Environmental Damage,” Oregon State Bar CLE, Damages (1998, 2016 revision).

“DEQ's Nuisance Odor Strategy,” Northwest Environmental Business Council (2014).

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • University of Oregon Sigma Nu Fraternity Alumni Board, Past President and Current Board Member
  • Imago Dei Community, Childcare Volunteer

Services

Education

Admissions

Oregon State Courts

Washington State Courts

United States District Court, District of Oregon

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Federal Claims

Outside The Office