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Alexander J. Williamson

Biography

Alex has a strong litigation background representing individuals and corporations in diverse matters before state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration. His primary practice areas are insurance defense and coverage, focusing on personal lines coverage, construction defect claims, personal injury and property damage matters, commercial and employment disputes, and environmental litigation.

Alex's coverage experience has involved writing coverage opinions, discovery and motion practice in complex environmental and construction defect claims. He has represented insurers in connection with their coverage obligations for several environmental cleanup projects, including the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, the Astoria Area Wide Cleanup Site, and the Oregon DEQ's investigation into Creosote contamination near the Port of St. Helens. Alex has also defended masons, framers, roofers, siders, and other trades in construction defect cases throughout Oregon, as well as individuals and companies in personal injury, employment, coverage, and property damage disputes throughout Oregon and Washington.

Upon graduating from Tulane Law School, Alex worked on complex litigation involving Hurricane Katrina property damage claims. He also gained unique experience in climate change litigation and the developing field of climate change law, as both a litigator, and lecturer. While attending law school, Alex clerked with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, where he developed an understanding of federal environmental law, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and various pollution control statutes such as the Clean Air and Water Acts, RCRA, and CERCLA.

Alex enjoys playing rugby, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family. He plays the double bass, the piano, and the bass guitar.

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Prior Legal Experience

Lehner & Rodrigues, P.C., Portland, Oregon (2008-2010); F. Gerald Maples, P.A., New Orleans, Louisiana (2006-2008).

Professional Associations and Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (inactive)

Education

J.D. with Environmental Law Certificate, 2006, Tulane Law School, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Haber J. McCarthy Environmental Law Award.

B.A. in Environmental Studies and Politics, 2003, Whitman College, Cum Laude.

Publications

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Natural Capital Approach to Forest Service Reform, 80 Tul. L. Rev. 683 (2005).

Splitting the Regulatory Baby, the Fifth Circuit's Labor-esque Solution to Mirant's Bankruptcy-FERC Dilemma, 79 Tul. L. Rev. 1585 (2005).

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