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Randolph W. Urmston, Of Counsel

Bar Admissions

Delaware (Retired)
Washington

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Education
LL.B., 1969, University of Virginia Law School
       Member, Virginia Journal of
     International Law
       President, John Bassett Moore Societ
     of International Law
B.S., 1966, Virginia Military Institute
      Highest Average in Environmental     Engineering

Professional Leadership
Member, Washington State Bar Association, Sections on Environmental and Land Use Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
Member, King County Bar Association
Member, Delaware State Bar (retired)

Related Employment
Senior Project Manager, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (1986-1989)
General Counsel, Seattle Steel, Inc. (1985-1986)
Counsel/Staff Engineer, Rocket Research Company/Trans Energy Systems, Inc. (1978-1984)
Attorney/Partner, Kessler, Urmston & Sever (1973 - 1977)
Assistant Attorney General, Washington State (1972-1973)
Captain, U.S. Army Infantry (1969-1971)


Practice Areas

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Contracts, Unfair Competition and Other Business Disputes

Business Transactions and Organizations

Environmental Law

Real Estate

Estate Planning

Probate

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, Washington 98164
Voice: 206-624-1933
Fax: 206-583-2716
rwu@hllaw.com
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Randy Urmston practices in the areas of civil litigation, alternative energy development, environmental law, real estate, business law and estate planning.  

Mr. Urmston has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and formerly was a Professional Engineer. As an Assistant Attorney General for Washington State, Mr. Urmston represented the state in condemnation and construction matters.  In private practice, Mr. Urmston assisted Washington D.C. counsel in representing Lockheed Shipyard in a dispute with the Coast Guard concerning the construction of the Icebreakers Polar Star and Polar Sea. As in-house counsel for Rocket Research and TransEnergy Systems, Mr. Urmston worked with engineers on the feasibility, design and implementation of alternative energy projects, including the development of a 15 MW municipal waste to energy project in Marion County, Oregon.  As a project manager with Gershman Brickner and Bratton, Mr. Urmston worked with Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties on the feasibility of waste-to-energy projects. Mr. Urmston worked with Mr. Lewis to represent Petro Star, Inc. against owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline concerning design defects of the Pipeline.  Mr. Urmston has represented owners, contractors and architects in construction and remodeling disputes and has advised architects in copyright matters.

As in-house counsel for Seattle Steel, Inc. (formerly Bethlehem Steel in West Seattle and currently Nucor), Mr. Urmston managed environmental issues and worked with the EPA and the State Department of Ecology to ensure that Bethlehem restored sites at the plant that were subject to CERCLA and MCTA. At Hendricks & Lewis, Mr. Urmston represented Penberthy Electromelt International (PEI), Inc. first in attempting to license a hazardous waste treatment plant under RCRA and then in remediation of the PEI site in South Park under CERCLA and MTCA. Mr. Urmston also obtained insurance coverage for PEI’s site clean up costs.  Mr. Urmston represented the owner of Ken’s Radiator to achieve clean up of a hazardous waste site and recovery of clean up costs from the owner’s insurer.  In Skykomish, Washington, Mr. Urmston successfully represented the owners of the Homestead Vintage Stove Company in negotiations with Burlington Northern concerning damages resulting from the railroad’s superfund site.  


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