Paul Kampmeier has been practicing public interest environmental law since 2001. Paul completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he graduated with honors in 1992. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2001, where he completed the Concentration in Environmental Law, and graduated in the top 10% of his class, before being inducted into the Order of the Coif.
Paul focuses his practice on representing clients in litigation and advocacy designed to enhance federal law protections for wildlife, clean water, and forests in Washington and Oregon. After law school Paul worked for three years in private practice in Seattle, Washington, where he represented clients in environmental, land use, public records, and consumer protection litigation. Paul then went in-house at the Washington Forest Law Center, also in Seattle, where he worked for ten years representing environmental groups in federal courts in Washington, Oregon, California, and Washington, D.C.
Throughout his career Paul has worked with his clients to protect northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets, old forests, streams, water quality, and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Paul also regularly helps clients obtain public records and information from the government. He has extensive experience with federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and Freedom of Information Act. He also has significant experience with Washington’s Forest Practices Act, State Environmental Policy Act, and Public Records Act.
Paul has extensive trial court and appellate experience, having represented clients at every level of federal and state court. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, and the Washington state courts.
Paul’s past and present clients include Northwest Environmental Advocates, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Olympic Forest Coalition, Seattle Audubon Society, the Quinault Indian Nation, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Washington Toxics Coalition, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, People for Puget Sound, Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Satsop Valley Homeowners Association and numerous other individuals and organizations. Some of his notable cases include:
- Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, — U.S. –, 133 S.Ct. 1326 (2013), a Clean Water Act case seeking to address logging road pollution for which Paul was lead counsel from case inception through the petition for certiorari proceedings.
- Seattle Audubon Society v. Sutherland, W.D. Wash. Case No. 06-1608-MJP, an Endangered Species Act case concerning alleged taking of northern spotted owls by the Weyerhaeuser Company and the State of Washington.
Contact Paul Kampmeier
Downtown Seattle office phone: (206) 223-4088 x4