Cairncross & Hempelmann

We’re a Seattle-based law firm located on the edge of the city's historic Pioneer Square District. Founded in 1987, CH& employs 39 lawyers who advise companies and individuals in a wide variety of practices and industries suited to meet the needs of our diverse client base. Please explore our page to learn more about what makes Cairncross & Hempelmann unique among Seattle law firms, and the first choice for many of the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent business clients.

Washington Court of Appeals Significantly Expands Scope of Liability for Hazardous Waste Cleanup | Cairncross & Hempelmann

New Energy Blog Post: Scope of Liability for Hazardous Waste Cleanup Thanks to a decision issued by the Washington Court of Appeals on December 28, 2016, Washington property owners and lessors will greet the new year facing a substantially expanded scope of liability under the Model Toxics Control Act (

We are excited for our very own Don Marcy's participation with Plymouth Housing Group’s Seattle Dances! 2017 dance competition to help eliminate homelessness.

Seeking to Boost Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Aggregation, FERC Proposes Significant Changes to the Market Rules | Cairncross & Hempelmann

New Energy Blog Post! Energy Storage Gets a Boost with Proposed Rule Changes from the FERC Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (

Seventh Circuit Concludes that Transmission Constraints Do Not Excuse Payments for Power from Wind Farm | Cairncross & Hempelmann

New Post on CH&'s Energy Blog: No Payment for Wind Farm Power? Seventh Circuit Says - That's Just Hot Air! A recent Seventh Circuit decision underscores the dangers of constrained transmission systems for delivering power from renewable energy projects, and the importance of clearly addressing the attendant risks in Power Purchase Agreements.

Washington's Utility Regulation Model Cracks Under Pressure From Microsoft's Sustainability Policy | Cairncross & Hempelmann

New Energy Blog post by CH& attorney Eric Christensen! Microsoft is leading the charge against the traditional utility model, which, like many large high-tech companies, has adopted a corporate sustainability policy that mandates aggressive reductions in the company's greenhouse gas emissions and,

Just Released - Copyright Office Issues New Rules Regarding DMCA Safe Harbor Provisions | Cairncross & Hempelmann

Did you miss attorney Jeff Nelson's update on the new rules from the Copyright Office!? The new DMCA online Designated Agent Directory is up today! To qualify for protection under the DMCA Safe Harbor, you must re-register your Designated Agent between December 1, 2016, and December 1, 2017. The DMCA Safe Harbor is available, and recommended, for any

CH& Leading $400 Million Dollar Mixed-Use Development of Downtown Bellevue High-Rise ELEV8 | Cairncross & Hempelmann

Client Spotlight: CH& represents real estate development group Plus Investment USA, Ltd, in their acquisition, entitlement, financing, and all related transactional aspects of their $400 million dollar mixed-use high rise development in the heart of downtown Bellevue. CH& manages negotiations for $400 million dollar mixed-use development for Bellevue high rise towers.

Texas Issued a Nationwide Injunction Blocking the Department of Labor's "Overtime Rule" | Cairncross & Hempelmann Yesterday a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor's




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