Marlys Palumbo

Partner

206.829.1810

msp@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Successfully settled a multi-million dollar suit, representing the world’s largest paper company in a contribution action brought by a local port related to a “legacy timber mill site” formerly owned and operated by a predecessor of the company. Although the port claimed over $20 million in response costs to clean up and redevelop the site, Marlys navigated difficult negotiations and mediation toward a final settlement of $3 million with a full site release.
  • Responsible for complete due diligence and transaction document review for $2 billion in renewable energy development projects on behalf of several Southern California municipalities.
  • Responsible for over 40 mergers and acquisitions of industrial companies and facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Primary responsibility for all legal matters for a $2 billion publicly traded industrial services and waste management company.
  • Negotiated and successfully resolved over 20 major RCRA enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Regions 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10.
  • Represented a Native American woman-owned small business in negotiation and successful settlement of a complex multi-million dollar contract dispute with the Department of Energy’s prime contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
  • As Washington counsel to several California municipalities, responsible for all legal matters related to hydropower and large wind projects located in Washington State.
  • Managed defense of multi-national paper company in natural resource damage action at the Commencement Bay Superfund Site, resulting in no liability to the company.
  • Responsible for due diligence and negotiation of all environmental liabilities on behalf of purchaser of a shuttered industrial pulp mill.
  • Prepared documentation, supervised due diligence, and negotiated on behalf of purchaser of a multi-million dollar vineyard in Washington State.
  • Represented numerous clients in the negotiation and purchase of contaminated industrial properties.
  • Lead PRP counsel for multi-national industrial services and waste management company in Superfund sites located in Washington, Kansas, Michigan, New York, Alabama, California, and Texas.
  • Managed contract negotiations and preparation of all transaction documents for multi-million dollar public-private, design, build, and operate water treatment plant for the City of Seattle.
  • Lead counsel for company primarily responsible for chlorinated hydrocarbon groundwater contamination investigation and cleanup, which included a significant vapor intrusion project, in U.S. EPA Region 10.
  • Responsible for development of legal support for several BACT, Title V Permit, and synthetic minor determinations under the federal Clean Air Act and state equivalent regulations.

Publications

Uncertainties surround state's new 'e-waste' law

Puget Sound Business Journal
06/04/2006

Market-Driven Reform: The Proposed Hazardous Waste Identification Rule

American Bar Association
06/01/1996

Presentations

Dangerous Waste and Recycling Conference

Co-Chair/Presenter, "Recycling: Update on the New EPA Definition of Solid Waste (DSW)"
Seattle, WA
08/19/2015

IDEA's 105th Annual Conference and Trade Show

"Energy Services of the Future"
International District Energy Association
Seattle, WA
06/08/2014

6th Annual Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest

"Integrating Renewables in the Grid: Transmission Planning and Financing"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
08/06/2010

Washington's New E-Waste Regulations

Program Co-Chair, Panel Moderator "Implementation Issues and Strategies for Local Governments"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
09/25/2006