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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2485

Hong N. Huynh

Partner

Hong N. Huynh has focused her practice on environmental and natural resources counseling and litigation. She regularly represents and advises clients on a full range of complex business, litigation, and regulatory matters. She is counsel to a variety of business corporations, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.

She joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 2000 and currently leads the Environmental & Natural Resources practice team. Before joining the firm, Hong began her legal career as an honors attorney and an attorney-adviser at the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, in Washington, D.C., where she advised federal agency clients on water, energy, and other natural resources issues.

Hong is a frequent contributor to Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's real estate development blog, From the Ground Up.

Representative Experience

Assisted public- and private-entity clients in the due diligence of buying, selling, and foreclosing on real property and businesses that involve contaminated property and pollution control systems. Drafted, reviewed and negotiated contracts, leases, purchase and sale agreements, and access agreements to minimize clients’ environmental liability as buyers and sellers of businesses and real property, or as operators of pollution control systems. Also evaluated tools to mitigate liabilities, ranging from Phase I and II environmental investigations, pollution legal liability policies, prospective purchaser agreements, and agency assurance letters.
Defended a variety of clients, including food processors, confined animal feeding operations, and sewer, recycling, manufacturing, chemical, energy, and property management companies, against federal Clean Water Act claims of EPA, the Oregon DEQ, and citizen groups in Oregon and Washington that led to a favorable bench-trial verdict on civil penalties and to favorable out-of-court settlements.

Sample Litigation Experience
  • Northwest Environmental Defense Council v. Coast Seafoods Co., No. 3:16-cv-05906 (W.D. Wash. 2016)
  • OSPIRG v. Pacific Coast Seafoods, No. 02-924-HA, 374 F. Supp. 2d 902; 341 F. Supp. 2d 1170; 361 F. Supp. 2d 1232 (D. Or. 2004-2005)
  • United States v. The New Portland Meadows, Inc., No. 00-507-AS, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19132; 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19153 (D. Or. 2002)
Advised numerous commercial and industrial entities, including seafood processors, agricultural growers, juice and alcoholic beverage producers, confined animal feeding operations, and heavy equipment and metal manufacturers, on water quality issues. Examples are the impact of facility remodeling, construction, and expansion efforts to permitting status as old source or new source under the Clean Water Act, operational compliance with NPDES permits and Oregon’s WPCF permits (including holding pond and land-application requirements), and the impact of proposed rulemaking or permitting changes by agencies.
Assist clients in searching for historical insurance documents, filing of claims, and seeking coverage for environmental costs from insurance companies at legacy contaminated sites. Also advised them in the purchase of pollution legal liability policies to minimize environmental risks associated with transactions involving contaminated properties.

Aggressively pursued and litigated against insurance companies on behalf of a ship-repair company, a seafood processor, an industrial property owner, and a community college that lead to coverage for the cost of investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites (including a Superfund site) and assessment and remediation of Natural Resource Damages under historical comprehensive general liability or excess liability policies, as well as environmental impairment liability policies.

Sample Litigation Experience
  • GE Property & Casualty Insurance Co., v. Portland Community College, No. CV 04-727-HU, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40188; 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 401189 (D. Or. 2005)
Advised and defended school districts, colleges, and heavy equipment and metal manufacturers against toxic tort claims, including lead in paint and drinking water, mold, PCBs, radon, and vapor intrusion conditions, leading to dismissal of claims or favorable out-of-court resolutions.

Sample Litigation Experience
  • Wilhite et al. v. University of Oregon, No. 16CV29281 (Or, Lane County, Or. Cir. Ct. 2016)