Kristin H. Sterling

Kristin H. Sterling
Attorney
Portland, OR
P: 503.294.9168
Overview

About Kristin

Kristin Sterling practices in the Environmental Compliance section of the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group. Kristin’s practice focuses on environmental insurance law and the negotiation and litigation of liability insurance coverage claims. She regularly advises Oregon and Washington policyholders on locating historical insurance policies and accessing insurance coverage for environmental liabilities and asbestos-related claims.

Expand to Read More + See Less -
Experience

Experience

  • Obtained favorable global settlements from a petroleum company’s insurers for the investigation and cleanup of historical soil and groundwater contamination at several of its service stations in Oregon and Washington. 
  • Obtained a favorable settlement from the insurers of a pressure-treating wood facility in Washington state for past costs related to the investigation and cleanup of historical soil and groundwater contamination. 
  • Obtained “all sums” defense and indemnity coverage from an Oregon-based manufacturer’s insurer for ongoing costs related to the investigation and cleanup of historical soil and groundwater contamination at sites in Oregon, Washington and Indiana, as well as coverage for its asbestos-related claims
  • Assisted multiple policyholders in submitting proofs of claims and negotiating settlements before various insolvent insurers for the reimbursement of investigation and cleanup costs relating to historical soil and groundwater contamination. 
  • Negotiated defense cost-sharing agreements and, later, global settlements with multiple insurers of an Oregon manufacturing facility. 
  • Represented an Oregon property owner in litigation against former site operators to recover the cost of complying with an environmental investigation. Obtained a favorable settlement with former site owner, operators and their insurers and then continued to represent the property owner in pursuing insurance recovery from its own insurers.
  • Drafted the 2013 amendments to the Oregon Environmental Cleanup Assistance Act, ORS 465.475, et seq., clarifying and creating new procedures for obtaining insurance coverage for environmental claims in Oregon.
Expand to Read More + See Less -
Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • 2007 recipient of Young Lawyers Section Award of Merit, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Community Law Week, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Young Lawyers Section Membership Committee, Multnomah Bar Association
  • Board Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Roberts & Deiz Awards Committee, Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Former President, Queen’s Bench - Multnomah County Chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Member, Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Washington State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer mock trial judge, Classroom Law Project
  • Member, Oregon Women Lawyers “Dragonflies” dragon boat team
  • Treasurer, DragonSports USA
  • Former race director, Portland Dragon Boat Festival
  • Former board member, Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club
  • Business for Culture & the Arts, Art of Leadership Program
  • Former board member, Bach Cantata Choir
Expand to Read More + See Less -
Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “The Latest on Getting Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims in Oregon and Washington,” Stoel Rives Seminar, Portland, Oregon, Mar. 18, 2015
  • Environmental Law Alert: Oregon’s Environmental Insurance Statute Amended and Expanded, June 14, 2013
  • “Using Insurance to Recover Investigation and Remediation Costs in Oregon & Washington,” Stoel Rives Seminar, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 3, 2011
  • “Environmental Insurance Recovery: Your Rights,” Stoel Rives Seminar, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 21, 2008
  • “2006 Insurance Coverage Update,” Stoel Rives In-House CLE, Sep. 15, 2006



Related News & Publications


Expand to Read More + See Less -
×
Saved Pages

Use the arrows to arrange content.  Download pages as a .pdf file or share links via email..

{{ item.Title }} {{ item.AttorneyPosition }}, {{ item.AttorneyLocation }} , C. {{ item.AttorneyCell }} , P. {{ item.AttorneyPhone }} , F. {{ item.AttorneyFax }} {{ item.TypeText }} Remove
You have no pages saved
            {{ state | json }}