Leslie litigates complex civil disputes, primarily arising from business transactions or out of the application of environmental laws and regulations. She has substantial experience litigating contract and statutory interpretations, commercial class actions, constitutional takings clause claims, environmental cleanups under the federal Superfund Act, and the enforceability of non-competition agreements.
Leslie takes matters to administrative hearing, arbitration, and trial, but also values strategically-timed settlement. In addition to trial appearances, Leslie has established appellate experience, having argued to the Washington Court of Appeals and briefed issues—including issues of first impression—to all levels of the Washington courts, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Prior to earning her law degree, Leslie obtained seven years of land use planning experience in local government. In addition to her litigation practice, Leslie's prior municipal experience now translates to her representation of several Washington special purpose districts, including water and sewer districts and ports.
Leslie co-chairs Short Cressman's Commercial and Appellate Litigation Group, serves on the firm's Marketing and Media Committee, and is the author of the firm's Jurisdiction blog and Unfair Business Practices blog.
Licensed since 2005
I worked with Leslie on an incredibly complex piece of environmental litigation. I found Leslie to be a supremely competent litigator and a pleasure to deal with personally. I would gladly work with Leslie again, regardless of what side of the "v." our respective clients were on.
Kelly Wood Environmental and Natural Resources Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Attorney||Short Cressman & Burgess||2005 - 2013|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Downtown Seattle Association - Smart Growth and Economic Competitiveness Committee||Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|WSBA's Environmental and Land Use and Law Newsletter||CERCLA’s Divisibility Defense: Summary Judgment Ruling in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Elucidates “Harm” for the Purposes of Divisibility/Apportionment (Co-Author)||2012|
|WSBA's Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter||Lingle Lingering: Seven Years after the United States Supreme Court’s Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Washington Courts Have Not Reformed the State’s Regulatory Takings Test (Co-Author)||2012|
|WSBA's Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter||The State of Regulatory Takings in Washington: Reconsideration of the State's Takings Formula under Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc.||2007|
|The Water Report||Upper Columbia River Contamination -- A Transboundary Application of CERCLA; Pakootas v. TCM Metals, Ltd."||2005|
|Seattle University Law Review||A Call to Restructure Existing International Environmental Law in Light of Africa's Renaissance: The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the New Partnership for Africa's Development||2003|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Duke University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|WASWD Spring Conference||Do Cities Have the Right to Impose Utility Taxes on Districts, Part 2||2013|
|KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section, Brownbag CLE||CERCLA Litigation: Pakootas v. Teck Metals, Ltd. – Protection of the Upper Columbia River by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation||2013|
|2013 WASWD Commissioners' Workshop||Legislative 101||2013|