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C. William West

Senior Associate
wwest@gth-law.com
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Phone: 253.620.6446
Fax: 253.620.6565

Wells Fargo Plaza
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2100
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Primary Areas of Practice

Negotiation and litigation focused on natural resource and environmental law, land use, fisheries, and admiralty and maritime law

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2004

M.Sc., University of Washington, College of Fisheries, 1985

B.Sc., University of Washington, College of Fisheries, 1979
cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Washington State Bar Association

Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington

Professional History

  • Joined firm in March, 2007
    • Participate in complex negotiations and transactions involving environmental, natural resources, land use, and business issues, typically involving federal, state, local, and tribal entities as well as environmental advocacy organizations; manage environmental permitting processes for projects in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments.
  • Riddell Williams P.S., Associate Attorney, 2004-2006
    • Admiralty and maritime litigation representing vessel owners at the trial and appellate levels in claims involving injuries to seamen and other maritime workers, collisions and allisions, and employment-rights claims.
  • Previous career as a research fishery biologist and fisheries engineer
    • Over twenty years studying and developing commercial-scale fish capture methods used for deep-sea commercial fisheries and fisheries research. This involved understanding and applying the engineering principles governing the physical performance of fishing gear, plus the principles of fish physiology and behavior applicable to the capture process.
    • Employers included: the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service; a private company designing and manufacturing fishing gear for commercial fisheries offshore Alaska and the U.S. West Coast; the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway; and the Fisheries Research Institute at the University of Washington.
    • Responsibilities included: planning and directing complex high-seas research projects, often with international participants and/or mixed public and private collaborators; analyzing and reporting the results in lay and scientific fora worldwide, in written and oral form; designing and testing fishing equipment, studying its performance via underwater instruments, visual observation, and comparative fishing experiments; negotiating and administering contracts for vessel charters and equipment procurement; and participating in the management of public and private entities engaged in fisheries research and fishing gear manufacture

Representative Cases/Transactions

  • Participated in negotiations and other transactions to accomplish a harbor development project
  • Analyzed and managed the environmental permitting process for projects to develop marine cargo terminals and an aquaculture facility
  • Analyzed Clean Water Act compliance issues for a land-based industrial concern
  • Drafted appeal to Ninth Circuit that led to reallocation of fault in a vessel-collision case
  • Helped win summary judgment, then successfully defended on appeal, in a Washington case extending longshoremen's compensation coverage to Russian territorial waters

Community Activities and Honors

  • Participated in Innocence Project Northwest
  • Member, Committee on Sea Turtle Conservation, National Research Council
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2014 Washington Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers