Overview

About Alexandra

Alexandra Kleeman has a versatile real estate and environmental practice that provides public and private real estate developers with transactional and litigation support on real estate, environmental, and regulatory matters, including disposition and acquisition of contaminated sites, redevelopment and cleanup of contaminated properties, resolution of cleanup liability disputes, and insurance recovery for environmental liabilities. Clients seek Alexandra’s counsel to review potential environmental issues associated with property acquisitions and leases and manage redevelopment projects in conjunction with project managers, finance directors, and environmental consultants.

Alexandra also has extensive experience with the investigation and remediation of complex contaminated sites arising under CERCLA and MTCA, and provides regulatory guidance as well. She has advised potentially liable parties and stakeholders on issues including investigation strategies, agency coordination, allocation of past and future cost liabilities, and navigating historic insurance coverage issues. She also works with clients to navigate the resolution of natural resource damage assessments under state and federal law.

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Experience

Experience

  • Represent buyers and sellers in complex real estate transactions involving contaminated properties, including advising clients on the allocation and management of liability for related environmental remediation costs.
  • Manage complex environmental remediation projects and advise clients on negotiating with governmental agencies to ensure responsiveness to regulatory issues.
  • Represent developers and property owners in dispute resolution and litigation before state and federal courts in cost recovery and cost allocation actions.
  • Represent clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution regarding liabilities resulting from environmental cleanup costs arising under CERCLA, including complex sediment sites.
  • Represent landowners in complex real estate transactions for parcels adjacent to Superfund sites, including allocating liabilities, navigating historical insurance coverage issues and determining future cost responsibility.
  • Advise clients on managing risk and potential liability resulting from federal hazardous waste cleanup laws, including CERCLA, RCRA and MTCA.
  • Represent property owners and developers in potential liabilities resulting from natural resource damage assessments at hazardous waste sites, as well as negotiations with NOAA to minimize natural resource damage assessments.
  • Advise clients regarding insurance coverage issues related to potential environmental liability.
  • Advise bankruptcy and receivership trustees on divesting trust assets burdened with potential environmental liabilities.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Environmental, Real Estate), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2018-2019

Civic Activities

  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Seattle & Sound, 2014-present
  • Board of Directors, Seattle 2030 District, 2019
  • Member, Junior League of Seattle, 2014-2017
  • Board of Directors, Center for Children and Youth Justice, 2012-2015
  • Member, Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Admissions Program
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Southern Resident Killer Whale Panel,” 2019 Environmental and Law Use Law Section Midyear Meeting & Conference (co-chair), Washington State Bar Association, May 2019
  • “Developing Contaminated and Blighted Properties in Washington,” Case Studies: South Lake Union, Ballard and Fremont, The Seminar Group, Aug. 2018
  • “Special Consideration in Project Development Planning,” 2017 Environmental and Law Use Law Section Midyear Meeting & Conference, Washington State Bar Association, May 2017
  • “Impact of EPA’s New Environmental Justice Regulatory Analysis on Remedies at Sediment Sites,” Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, Battelle Institute, Jan. 2017
  • “The Role of Environmental Forensics,” 2016 Northwest Remediation Conference, Oct. 2016
  • “Ethical Considerations for Multi-Party Representation at Aquatic Cleanup Sites,” 2016 Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Meeting & Conference, Washington State Bar Association, May 2016
  • “Triggering the Insurer’s Duty to Defend for MTCA Claims: Gull Industries, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company” (co-author), Washington State Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Law Section Newsletter, Volume 41 Number 1, Feb. 2015
  • “A Review of EPA’s First Environmental Justice Analysis at a CERCLA Site,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 1, Nov. 2014
  • “A Review of EPA’s First Environmental Justice Analysis in Conjunction with a CERCLA Remediation Plan” (author), American Bar Association, Section of Environmental, Energy and Resources, 43rd Spring Conference, March 2014
  • “Without Fear or Favor in 2011: A New Decade of Challenges to Judicial Independence and Accountability,” 2011 Def. Res. Inst. 12



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