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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

For over 15 years, 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, Native American tribes, and nonprofit organizations.

She joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 2000 and currently co-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

Assist public- and private-entity clients in the due diligence of buying, selling, and foreclosing on real property and businesses that involve contaminated property, including reviewing and revising Phase I and II and other environmental reports, reviewing, drafting, and negotiating terms and conditions in contracts, leases, purchase and sale agreements, and access agreements to minimize clients’ environmental liability as buyers and sellers of businesses and real property, and evaluating tools to mitigate liabilities ranging from pollution legal liability policies, prospective purchaser agreements, and agency assurance letters to statutory limitations for public entities.
Defended numerous clients, including food processors, dry cleaners, a confined animal feeding operation, 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 that prevented the filing of formal complaints.
Counsel a number of multinational industrial companies on a full range of environmental compliance issues at their facilities involving the remediation of historic contamination in groundwater, compliance with the requirements of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater and process wastewater and Oregon air-quality permits and regulations, the selection and installation of controls and treatment systems to avoid CWA citizen suits and Title V clean air permits, respectively, and compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and waste characterization regulations to ensure exception status of a nonfederal large generator and regulated TSDF.
Aggressively pursue and litigate against insurance companies on behalf of a ship repair, seafood processor, a 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.
Act as counsel to local flood-control agencies on environmental, natural resources, and natural disaster issues, including assessing impacts of real property interests and encroachments, drafting and negotiating intergovernmental agency agreements, and advising on compliance with flood-control regulations and programs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act (including Section 408 permitting), and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.