David F. Bartz, Jr.
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David Bartz focuses on the litigation of environmental and construction issues. He has extensive experience representing clients in court and before administrative agencies including US EPA, Wash. Dept. of Ecology and Oregon DEQ.
Mr. Bartz assists Pacific Northwest ports, landowners, airlines, manufacturers and developers, and he is the lead environmental attorney for the Port of Vancouver, USA. He represented the coalition of Washington and Oregon ports to help accomplish the recently deepened Columbia River Channel and assisted the Port of Newport (OR) in the environmental permitting required for the new West Coast NOAA facility.
Mr. Bartz is General Counsel to the Columbia River Steamship Operators Association (CRSOA). He has represented CRSOA in court and administrative proceedings since 1989.
He enjoys rafting Oregon rivers and riding his motorcycle.
• Environmental Litigation
– Columbia Seaplane Pilots Association v. United States. Successful summary judgment against government recreational plan that prohibited seaplanes.
– EZ Drain v. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Successful judicial appeal of an adverse administrative order.
– Hager v. Tire Recyclers. Successful defense of an environmental contractor.
– Port of Vancouver v. CPU. SEPA appeal related to water rights.
– Advise project proponents and property owners on NEPA/SEPA/ESA issues riparian and upland projects.
– Lead attorney for airline team which developed a favorable Clean Water Act permit for the Portland International Airport.
– Kept a new plant open for Fortune 250 company after the agency moved to pull the air permit.
• Hazardous Substances
– Brownfields work for Pacific NW Gas transmission headquarters on the Portland waterfront, the Clackamas Crossing development and the Consumer Power former headquarters Ninth Street project.
– Successfully defended a potential administrative fine for RCRA violations of over one million dollars.
– Completed numerous hazardous substance cleanup projects in Oregon and Washington.
• Construction Clients
– Resolved various disputes for $350 million construction project.
– Successfully represent disappointed bidders on public agency projects.
Diversity in the Profession
Mr. Bartz has been recognized numerous times for his work to increase diversity in the law profession and in the business and civic communities. In 2011, he was honored by the Oregon League of Minority Voters with its Liberty and Hope Award. In 2010, he was reappointed to the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee. In 2008, the World Arts Foundation presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work to advance the success of minority attorneys. In 2007, Mr. Bartz was honored by Oregon Women Lawyers Association with its Mercedes Diez Award for his work in promoting women and minorities in the legal profession. In 1999, he was awarded the Oregon State Bar President's Affirmative Action Award.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Bartz serves as President of the firm, in addition to chairing its Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Group. He was voted to the Urban League of Portland's Board of Directors beginning November 2010. He served as Associated Oregon Industries representative on Oregon's Air Toxic Advisory Committee ('00-'02). He is also a past Board member and Secretary of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Oregon Chapter (2000-2009). Mr. Bartz was General Counsel for the Associated General Contractors, Oregon Columbia Chapter, and Chair of the Oregon State Bar Construction Law Section.
Mr. Bartz has been selected by his peers and clients to be listed by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Oregon Super Lawyers as among the top attorneys in his field. In 2010, the U.S. District Court Historical Society selected Mr. Bartz as a "distinguished trial attorney."
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1982)
Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors (1979)