12 Jan 09

SEATTLE, October 29, 2008 – Michael Thorp, an experienced commercial litigator, has joined Summit Law Group. Thorp recently left Heller Ehrman, LLP’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group to join Summit’s Litigation and Environmental Groups.

“Mike will add strength to our litigation practice, depth to our environmental expertise and stature to our regional and national reputation,” commented Polly McNeill, Summit’s chief executive officer.

Thorp has represented customers in a wide range of environmental and natural resource matters, including natural resource damage claims; Endangered Species Act; salmon, steelhead and other marine resources; toxic tort suits, including class actions, state and federal Superfund, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and water rights and issues dealing with natural resources owned and claimed by Indian tribes.

“I am excited to join Summit and bring my litigation experience in environmental cleanups to their customers,” says Michael Thorp. “It is refreshing to join a firm that is first and foremost dedicated to meeting its customers’ needs and providing them with the best counsel available.”

Thorp’s career has been wide ranging and varied, both locally and nationally. Locally, he represented the City of Seattle in contribution actions related to remedial activities at the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site. Nationally, he has represented a number of companies in natural resource damage actions, including: Commencement Bay, Wash.; Los Angeles Harbor; California Gulch (Leadville, Colo.); Murray, Utah; Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex, Mont.; Tar Creek, Okla.; Jasper County, Mo.; Cherokee County, Kan.; and Newton County, Mo.

He received his B.A. from the University of Washington and graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Thorp has also authored the Handbook of the Law of Natural Resource Damages (2004), Digging Up NRD: Issues In The Application of CERCLA’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Provisions to Historic Mining Sites with Barbara J. Goldsmith, 50 Rocky Mt. Min.L. Inst. 15-1 (2004) and The Coeur d’Alene Case: Breathing New Life Into Old Defenses with Kristen Bamford Wynne, 17 Natural Res. & Env’t. 158 (Winter 2003)

About Summit Law Group
Founded in 1997, Summit Law Group continues to revolutionize law practice through a wholehearted devotion to customer success. Non-traditional and innovative, Summit’s value-driven practice works with customers to achieve exceptional returns on their investments in legal counsel. Summit’s services encompass employment and labor; corporate, securities and tax; real estate, environmental and land use; and trial law. Summit’s talented professionals, lawyers and staff alike, provide exceptional customer service and guarantee superior results.


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