Prominent Natural Resource and Land Use Attorneys Join Morrison & Foerster


Environmental Litigation + Regulatory

Press Release

Ned Washburn, Anne Mudge and Christopher Carr complement firm’s broad-based environmental/land use practice


San Francisco, May 19, 2005 – A trio of leading natural resource and land use lawyers has joined  Morrison & Foerster, adding to the firm’s historic strength in an increasingly important practice area.  Edgar ("Ned") B. Washburn, Anne E. Mudge and Christopher J. Carr, who are among the most prominent natural resource and land use attorneys in the Western United States, have become partners in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office.  They join from Portland-based Stoel Rives, where they had been resident in that firm’s San Francisco office.

Ned Washburn is a nationally recognized expert in the trial of complex environmental and natural resource cases, having tried more than 100 cases to decision and handled more than 50 appeals.  He has litigated complex property, tidelands and resource issues in cases arising in Alaska, Florida, and the Missouri and Colorado River basins, in addition to a large number of federal and state cases arising in California.  Mr. Washburn represented the private landowners before the U.S. Supreme Court in proceedings concerning the jurisdictional reach of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authority over wetlands under section 404 of the Clean Water Act.  (United States v. Riverside Bayview Homes, 474 U.S. 121 (1985).)

 Anne Mudge represents landowners and development companies in major coastal development, federal and state environmental impact compliance and litigation, and ballot measure advice and litigation.  She has particular expertise in coastal land use permitting and related litigation.  Christopher Carr has an environmental and natural resources law practice that includes litigation, agency proceedings, permitting, investigations, and compliance counseling.  Mr. Carr has particular expertise in water quality and endangered species laws and regulations as they affect the forestry, mining and development sectors. 

Keith Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster, said, "The group is a great fit for us.  They further strengthen our formidable California environmental and land use practice and will play an invaluable role in the expansion of our national presence in this practice area.  We are delighted to welcome Ned, Anne and Chris to the firm."

Michael Zischke, Co-Chair of the firm’s Land Use and Environmental Law Group, said, "Ned is a highly experienced and nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer in his field.  He brings an outstanding reputation and a broad spectrum of skills.  This talented group of Ned, Anne and Chris will enhance our already strong land use and environmental practice by broadening our client base and the range of industries that we serve."  Bruce Goodmiller, who co-chairs the Land Use and Environmental Group along with Mr. Zischke, noted, "Ned, Anne and Chris deepen our capabilities in significant specialties, including our ability to advise on tidelands and property rights matters.  We are very proud that they chose to join Morrison & Foerster."

Commenting on the move, Ned Washburn said, "Morrison & Foerster’s land use and environmental practice is one of the destination practices in this field.  My colleagues and I look forward to joining the partnership and working within such an outstanding organization."

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