Harry E. Grant,





Harry’s practice emphasizes dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and corporate transactions in the environmental, energy and natural resource sectors. He represents companies in defending environmental enforcement and related claims under CERCLA, MTCA, the Clean Air Act and similar local laws and in structuring transactions that involve environmental constraints. In addition to real property transactions, he often assists clients on the environmental components of stock and asset transactions and financings. He also represents clients in federal and state regulatory rulemakings and compliance proceedings. His clients are drawn from businesses in air transportation, agriculture, forest products, plastics, real property development, petroleum distribution, and food and wine production.

Harry’s environmental projects are typically complex business transactions with pivotal environmental issues, compliance advice, cleanup of hazardous substances at prime urban sites and on marine waters, negotiation of environmental matters with federal and state regulatory agencies, environmental litigation and managing environmental permitting, audits and management system development.

Away from his law practice, Harry enjoys cycling, climbing, mountaineering and skiing.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to U.S. affiliate of international paper company in numerous legal and governmental relations issues, including federal and state natural resource controversies and projects. Principal draftsman with counsel to U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee of Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act, P.L. 102-495. Strategic advisor to company for legal issues in obtaining series of subsequent congressional appropriations and in related administrative agency negotiations. Counsel for environmental regulatory compliance and long-range regulatory planning. (1987-present)
  • Counsel to Fortune 500 investor-owned utility in environmental projects involving cleanup of hazardous substances at prime urban sites in cities throughout the Pacific Northwest; in managing litigation and in negotiation of settlements with regulatory agencies and other parties. (1989-present)
  • Counsel to nation’s largest manufacturer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) plastic foam insulation and structural building panels, produced at eleven locations in the U.S. Representation involves Clean Air Act permitting, regulatory and defense matters and involves both the U.S. E.P.A. and local air quality management agencies including South Coast Air Quality Management District. (2004-2007)
  • Counsel to EPS agricultural packaging manufacturer located in San Joaquin Valley of California in air quality rulemaking procedure. (2007-present)
  • Regional counsel to major U.S. airline, advising on federal and state air quality compliance and related regulatory matters including Clean Air Act litigation and matters before South Coast Air Quality Management District. (1992-present)
  • Lead counsel for ecotourism cruise line in litigation and negotiation concerning right of access to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and Tongass National Forest and on other natural resource and governmental issues. (1994-2010)
  • Outside general counsel to California-based small-cap manufacturing company traded on NASDAQ with operations in Washington, Maryland and The Netherlands, including lead negotiation in dismissal of putative class action filed in 2002. (1999-2004)
  • Environmental counsel to wireless telecom systems developer to establish ISO 14000 environmental management system. (2003)
  • Counsel to Washington and Idaho ski areas for state environmental law compliance, special operating permits with state and federal resource agencies, Clean Water Act compliance and related environmental issues. (1998-2012)
  • Counsel and strategic advisor to nationally recognized environmental advocate in congressional relations and in negotiations with federal and state agencies for restoration of salmon habitat within Columbia River Basin of Washington state. (1999-2003)
  • Counsel to various real estate developers on acquisitions and financings of properties impaired by historic hazardous substance contamination, including $190 million financing for one of nation’s leading redevelopers of environmentally impaired properties. (1997-present)
  • Lead counsel for Latin American component of refinancing by consortium of lenders to Australian-based food products company with operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. (1998-99)
  • Lead environmental counsel to Japanese joint venture for real property acquisition, environmental permitting and siting of technical ceramics manufacturing facility in Oregon. (1996)
  • Lead counsel to a Washington city in successfully defending comprehensive plan against multiple challenges before Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board. (1995)
  • Successful representation of environmental advocacy group as amicus counsel in appellate decision concerning enforceability of contractual provisions allocating costs under environmental cleanup law. (1994)

Speaker, Huxley College 45th Anniversary Dinner, Western Washington University (May 16, 2015).


“The Three Minute Argument,” Renaissance Symposium VII, Litigation Counsel of America (March 22, 2013).


Co-author of “Working with Environmental Consultants: Best Practices for Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection,” Riddell Williams Environmental Newsletter (March 23, 2010).


“Air Quality Management Trends,” EPS Expo, EPS Industry Alliance (March 8, 2010).


Co-author of “EPA Proposes Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule,” Riddell Williams Environmental and Natural Resources News Alert (March 10, 2009).


Co-author of “NEPA Lawsuit Seeks to Block Tar Sands Project,” Riddell Williams Environmental and Natural Resources News Alert (February 18, 2009).


Co-author of “Will State ‘NEPA’ Laws Survive Federal Climate Change Regulation?” Washington Legal Foundation (September 21, 2007).


“Dam Removal and the Recovery of Salmon,” The Wall Street Journal (June 18, 2007).


“World-Scale Problem,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer (April 2001).


“Making Brownfields Part of a Greener Environment,” The Seattle Times (January 9, 1997).


“The Implications for Companies in Chile on a U.S. – Chile Free Trade Agreement,” AMCHAM, Santiago, Chile (1994).


“The Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act – A Case Study in Sustaining Economic Development and Protecting the Environment,” IABA (1993).


Co-author of “When Do Warrantless Environmental Searches Violate Business’ Liberties?” Legal Backgrounder (1993).

Harry has been ranked by Chambers & Partners USA America’s Leading Lawyers in 2016; named one of Seattle’s Top Lawyers by Seattle Magazine; designated as one of Seattle’s “Top Business Lawyers” in environmental law by Seattle Business Monthly magazine; listed as a Washington Super Lawyer® for over ten consecutive years; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; profiled in Green Fire, William Dietrich, Consolidated Press (2011); and has achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.





Member of Methow Valley Conservancy, and Methow Valley Nordic.


Member, Dean’s Advisory Board, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University (2010-present).


Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.

Harry received his B.S. from Western Washington University, magna cum laude, in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Oregon in 1983 where he served as an associate editor of the Oregon Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Washington and before numerous federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.


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