Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Edgar (“Ned”) B. Washburn has joined the firm’s San Francisco office as a Senior Counsel in the Environment, Energy & Resources practice. Washburn was most recently Senior Counsel at Morrison Foerster LLP.

As a nationally recognized leader in environmental and natural resources litigation and regulatory counseling, Washburn has been the lead attorney in more than 100 trials and 50 appeals in state and federal courts and he has appeared twice before the Supreme Court of the United States (Bank of Marin v. England, 385 U.S. 99 and U.S. v. Riverside Bayview Homes, Inc., 474 U.S. 121).. He also has an active administrative law practice advising clients on permitting and development issues with local, regional, state and federal agencies, with particular skills in wetlands, waterfront development, water pollution, water rights, timber, and endangered species. Washburn earned a reputation for excellence in the land use and resource law, representing clients such as Cargill, Pacific Lumber Company and Sierra Pacific Industries.

“Ned is known throughout the natural resources community as a top national expert, with a stellar reputation for excellence and collegiality. His prominence and expertise strengthens our already deep bench in handling land use and environmental counseling and litigation matters throughout California,” said Barbara Schussman, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s San Francisco office. “Ned’s federal law experience in Alaska and throughout the country will complement our overall Environment, Energy & Resources practice as well.”

Washburn earned his J.D. and LL.B from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He received his A.B. in History from Stanford University. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 2007 in the areas of natural resources law and timber law and is listed as a Leading Lawyer in Natural Resources by Legal500.

Washburn’s arrival follows closely upon other recent additions to Perkins Coie’s San Francisco office, including Jim McTarnaghan, a prominent energy and telecommunications attorney, and Arthur Haubenstock, former Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at BrightSource Energy, Inc.


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