Environmental Compliance Associate

  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • May 27, 2021
Full time Environment Legal

Job Description

About Stoel Rives and the Environment, Land Use, and Natural Resources Practice

Expanding our energy and natural resources expertise is one of Stoel Rives’ priorities in its strategic plan, and our nationally recognized Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice is a key source of our strength.  We represent major businesses in a variety of industries, including the aerospace, metals, plastics and chemicals, fisheries, forest products, semiconductor, mining, oil & gas, waste management, and renewable energy industries. As part of the team, you will have the opportunity to build and maintain strong relationships with agency officials and industry associations and you will have the opportunity to work on interesting, long-term projects with established clients. 

If you are interested in working with a group of collaborative, hard-working, and dedicated lawyers and staff, this is the place for you.

Like all of the firm’s practice groups, this group at Stoel Rives greatly values diversity and is also one of the most diverse at the firm. Fifty percent of attorneys, and seventy percent of new hires, identify as women, racial or ethnic minorities, and/or LGBTQ+ lawyers.

Role Overview

Stoel Rives’ Portland Office is seeking an Environmental Associate with 2 to 5 years of experience to join the environmental compliance section of its Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice. All candidates should have interest and some experience in matters involving environmental laws, e.g., ongoing compliance, permitting or enforcement projects.  They will also enjoy complex legal and factual analysis requiring problem solving and critical thinking. The ideal candidate will have experience and a special interest in advising clients on air quality and climate regulatory issues arising under federal (e.g., the Clean Air Act) and state laws.

This associate will support our clients to meet their everyday environmental law-related needs, including: obtaining permits (air, waste, water), ongoing compliance (e.g., chemical reporting, stormwater management), auditing and compliance program development, responding to government information requests, investigations and enforcement actions, and citizen suit defense.  This associate will also advise clients on the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions including: identifying and allocating environmental risks, negotiating and drafting environmental provisions of transaction documents, and obtaining and reviewing environmental site assessments and other diligence materials. 

All of our associates gain exceptional first-hand experience on sophisticated legal matters through their work with senior lawyers and clients involving a variety of complex and cutting-edge issues pertaining to natural resources, wildlife, and environmental laws. 

Associates in our group enjoy close collaboration, working in teams, leadership opportunities, developing deep expertise on issues important to our clients, and meaningful opportunities to build connections with clients early in their career. 

Skills Needed to Be Effective in This Role

We pride ourselves in forming diverse teams with a wide array of interpersonal and professional attributes. We don’t expect any one person to embody all of these skills, but the below serves to describe our ideal team player. If you have many of these skills, and are enthusiastic to learn, we encourage you to apply.

  • Environmental compliance experience and interest as described in the “Role Overview” section;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Good judgment, responsiveness, and perseverance;
  • Strong intellectual curiosity;
  • Self-motivation;
  • A commitment to client service and team success;
  • JD from an accredited university; and
  • Active membership in or commitment to applying for the Oregon State bar.

What You Will Learn as Part of Our Team

Joining the Environmental, Land Use, and Natural Resources team will provide you with many opportunities to become involved with complex, cutting edge, and interesting work. Within your first year at the firm, you will have participated in client meetings and agency proceedings and received primary drafting responsibilities on issues of importance to our clients. You will also have met industry experts, attended trade association meetings, written and presented at multiple trade industry conferences, and had primary drafter responsibilities on novel regulatory compliance issues. 

A broader question you may have is, “How will this position enhance my legal skills and career trajectory?”  At Stoel Rives, we offer a unique lateral integration program and core competency model that are designed to provide a roadmap of the practical skills, abilities, and client service techniques our lawyers need to succeed and progress at the firm.  We also established a New Lawyer Integration Program that has deepened our relationships and connections with our new lawyers, while providing them with the mentoring, resources, and information necessary for success.

How You Will Live Life Well at Stoel Rives 

At Stoel Rives, you will enjoy a robust benefits package that includes an inclusive parental leave policy, paid family medical leave, equivalent health benefits for LGBTQ+ employees’ spouses and partners, a generous employer health savings account contribution, telemedicine services, day care and medical expense flexible spending account, and employee assistance program. In 2017, we launched an extended leave support program for our lawyers who take family, medical, and other approved leaves. This program also aids with transitioning to and from leave.

We are also proud participants of the ABA Well-Being Pledge, strongly believing that the well-being of our employees is paramount to the success of the firm. In addition, the firm’s Culture Committee supports the firm’s mission, vision, and values in bringing together spectacular client service and job satisfaction. 

To learn more about the benefits of working as an attorney at Stoel Rives, click here.

What We Are Doing to Ensure A Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Environment

Stoel Rives places a high priority on attracting and retaining lawyers with different backgrounds and life experiences. This makes us better and happier as people, as an organization, and as legal advisers. We are proud to offer many engagement opportunities including a firmwide DE&I Committee, Associates Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Affinity Groups, and Parenting Circle.

We proudly partner with Diversity Lab to implement innovative programs to advance Stoel Rives’ DE&I goals, including the aggressive metrics-based goals we’ve adopted as one of five founding Move the Needle Fund firms. Our efforts with Diversity Lab include certification under the Mansfield Rule, to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in our firm’s leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for opportunities, along with participation in the OnRamp Fellowship for legal returners and the OnTrack Sponsorship program. Additional information on these programs, can be found here.