Environmental and natural resources attorney Polly Hampton offers practical guidance to help clients better understand how environmental complexities affect their companies and how to mitigate associated risks. Focused on contaminated site cleanups, brownfield redevelopment and environmental risk management in mergers and acquisitions, Polly counsels a wide range of businesses—from mining, manufacturing and energy to real estate and project developers—on remediation, permitting, compliance and enforcement matters under federal and state environmental laws. In addition, Polly advises on food safety regulations, licensing requirements, supply chain and recall-related risk management in all 50 states for national food and beverage clients seeking cohesive regulatory compliance in their manufacturing, operations and sales.
Polly addresses the “dirty dirt” aspect of deals and projects, counseling on the identification, management and cleanup of hazardous materials and allocation of related liability. Her experience includes both smaller, state-led cleanups and major federal Superfund sediment sites like the Portland Harbor and the Kalamazoo River. She has also helped clients assess and settle alleged natural resource damages liability. Polly provides practical solutions reflective of her clients’ risk tolerance, and project developers appreciate her deft approach to environmental issues that can derail or facilitate a real estate project or corporate deal.
Representative of Polly’s environmental risk management counsel is her work with one client, a purchaser of a contaminated lumber facility in southern Oregon, seeking to redevelop the property. She collaborated and negotiated with the real estate teams and state regulatory authorities on an innovative plan to resolve contamination-related liability that could have posed future threats to her redeveloper. Additionally, Polly recently addressed risks associated with multiple contaminated sites in Tennessee by negotiating the terms of a post-closing remediation agreement between the buyer and seller, who worked cooperatively with the applicable regulatory agency to obtain liability protection for the buyer, and obtained final regulatory decisions for both properties.
Polly routinely counsels manufacturing facilities, energy infrastructure companies and natural resource developers on various issues involving hazardous substance releases, management of hazardous and solid waste, wastewater and stormwater management, and Western water rights. Recent compliance-related engagements include managing the environmental aspects of decommissioning a major steel foundry and assisting clients on regulatory compliance related to fugitive dust, which is an increasing environmental concern for many project developers.
A veteran and former U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Polly helped to found Women in Environment (WiE), an organization furthering professional development and opportunities for women in the environmental field.
- Listed in Chambers USA as an Environmental “Associate to Watch,” 2014 - 2015
- Listed in Chambers USA as an "Up and Coming" Environmental Attorney, 2016 - 2017
- Selected as one of Portland Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce's Women of Vision, 2015
- Oregon State Bar - Environment and Natural Resources and Sustainability Sections
- Multnomah Bar Association
- Oregon Women Lawyers
- Founding member of Women in Environment; President, 2013 - 2014; Board of Directors, 2010 - 2015
- Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Domestic Violence Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2009 - 2013
- St. Andrew Legal Clinic, Taste for Justice Wine Committee, 2011 - 2012
- Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, OR, Summer Associate, 2007
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Judicial Circuit, The Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell, Philadelphia, PA, Intern, Summer 2006
- K&L Gates, Seattle, WA, e-DAT, Litigation Clerk, 2004 - 2005
- Watanabe Ing Kawashima & Komeiji LLP, Honolulu, HI, Paralegal, 2003 - 2004
- U.S. Navy, Surface Warfare Officer, 1998 - 2002