Jason T. Morgan

Jason T. Morgan
Partner
Seattle, WA
P: 206.386.7527
Overview

About Jason

Jason Morgan is a partner in the Environmental practice group as well as the Appellate Law group. Jason’s practice focuses on environmental, natural resources, fisheries and wildlife law, and he represents clients in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts. Jason has extensive litigation experience involving the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Jason also counsels public and private entities on a variety of regulatory issues involving the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the ESA and the CWA.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Jason was a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward F. Shea, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (2004).

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Experience

Experience

  • Idaho Rivers United v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (W.D. Wash.). Successfully defeated preliminary injunction and secured dismissal of case on behalf of Inland Port and Navigation Group in defense of preliminary injunction under the CWA and NEPA.   
  • Shell Oil Company v. Greenpeace (D. Alaska and Ninth Circuit): Secured a preliminary injunction against environmental activists prohibiting trespass, nuisance, and interference with maritime navigation intended to delay Arctic drilling operations.  Successfully defended that preliminary injunction on appeal.
  • Sturgeon v. Frost (U.S. Supreme Court): represented industry alliance as amici curiae in challenge to National Park Service authority to regulate non-federal lands within conservation system units.
  • Alaska Miners Association, et al. v. U.S. EPA (D.C. Circuit): represented industry coalition of oil and gas and mining interests in challenge to EPA regulations under the CAA governing commercial and solid waste incinerators.
  • San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority v. Salazar (U.S. Supreme Court): represented National Hydropower Association, Northwest Hydroelectric Association, and Northwest RiverPartners as amici curiae in support of petition for certiorari in a case filed under the ESA.
  • Washington Environmental Council v. Bellon (Ninth Circuit): secured dismissal against plaintiffs on standing grounds on appeal on behalf of the Western States Petroleum Association in a citizen suit under the CAA regarding greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Vanek v. State of Alaska (Alaska Sup. Ct.): secured preliminary injunction against State of Alaska fishing regulations on behalf of  for commercial fishermen and the United Cook Inlet Drift Association.
  • Washington and Wyoming State Snowmobile Associations v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (D. Wyo.): successful challenge on behalf of associations to the Canadian lynx ESA critical habitat designation in Washington State.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Environmental Law), 2017
  • Vice Chair, Endangered Species Committee, ABA Section of Energy, Environment and Resources, 2012‑2013
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Environmental Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Appellate), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2010‑2016
  • Delta Theta Phi Founders Award, 2005
  • Judge James J. Lawless Award, 2004
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “How Will States and NGOs React?,” Environmental Law in the Trump Administration, The Seminar Group, Seattle, Washington, Mar. 2017
  • “Environmental Law and Construction in the Arctic,” 8th Annual Construction Law Conference, The Seminar Group, Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 2015
  • “Emerging Legal & Regulatory Matters Impacting Northwest Hydro,” National Hydroelectric Association Annual Convention, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 2015
  • “Magnuson Act Update: Proposed Changes to the Act and New Developments,” Fisheries and Hatcheries Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, Washington, Sept. 2014
  • “Update on Fish Consumption Litigation and Its Impact on the Rulemaking Process,” Law Seminars International: Clean Water and Stormwater, Seattle, Washington, May 2014
  • “Magnuson Act Rules Challenge: Alaska Update,” Fisheries and Hatcheries Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, Washington, Sept. 2013
  • “Recent Supreme Court Decisions on the CWA: Decker v. NEDC and Los Angeles Flood Control District v. NRDC,” Law Seminars International, Seattle, Washington, 2013
  • “Endangered Species Act – Impacts on Alaska: Addressing Current and Potential Future Impacts on Offshore Oil and Gas Development,” Law Seminars International, Anchorage, Alaska, 2013
  • “Updates to the Salmon Fishery Management Plans Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act,” The Seminar Group, Seattle, Washington, 2012
  • “Storm Water Update,” Water in Alaska: The Changing Environment of Permitting and Enforcement, The Seminar Group, Anchorage, Alaska, 2011, 2012
  • “Civil Judicial Enforcement” (coauthor), The Clean Water Act Handbook, 3rd ed., 2011
  • “Four Recent Critical Habitat Designations Highlight Continuing Dispute over Economic Impacts” (coauthor), Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Dec. 2010
  • “Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Major Revision to Bull Trout Critical Habitat Designation” (coauthor), ABA Endangered Species Committee Newsletter, 2010
  • “The Pro Se Dilemma: Washington Courts and Vexatious Pro Se Litigation” (coauthor), Washington State Bar News, 2009
  • “Polar Bear Listing Moves Quickly to Litigation,” ABA Endangered Species Committee Newsletter, 2008
  • “Proposal to List Polar Bear as Threatened Nears Completion,” ABA Endangered Species Committee Newsletter, 2007



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