Konrad J. Liegel
Areas of Practice

Konrad Liegel practices in the general environmental, land use, real estate and non–profit area for clients in the public and private sectors. He regularly advises clients on a range of issues, including water quality compliance, hazardous waste cleanup, natural resource damages and restoration, dredging, wetland and shoreline permits, endangered species and environmental (NEPA/SEPA) review, Indian tribal rights, annexations, and the land use and environmental aspects of real estate transactions. He also acts as special environmental counsel to municipal and other public clients, including cities, ports and transit authorities, on cleanup and redevelopment projects and general environmental and land use matters.

Konrad has a special focus on issues involving natural resources (particularly sediments) and environmentally sensitive areas (particularly wetlands and other aquatic areas). He counsels public (port and municipal) and private (timber, pulp and paper and transportation) clients on redevelopment, source control, cleanup, natural resource damage and habitat restoration projects involving dredged material and contaminated sediments, and families and non–profit entities on conservation, land use, environmental, real estate and charitable organization matters. He negotiated the first wetland banking agreement in the state of Nebraska, and the first agreement in the state of Washington to remove a substantial Washington dam in an effort to restore habitat for endangered salmon runs.

Konrad Liegel advises families, individuals and non-profit entities on conservation, land use, environmental, real estate and charitable organization matters, including acquisition and management of large family estates, land use permitting, environmental compliance, charitable giving requirements, family foundation requirements, open space and property taxation, and cultural and natural resource preservation and restoration. He has worked with private landowners and land conservation organizations to preserve and steward a wide range of property, from small family parcels and culturally significant landscapes to large forests, ranches and waterfront estates. His experience regularly involves the drafting and negotiation of conservation easements.

Konrad has focused much of his professional life on assisting people, organizations, businesses and municipalities in conserving and restoring scarce natural and historic resources. Before law school, he lived in Wisconsin where he administered an ecosystem restoration program for wetland, prairie and savanna ecosystems at the International Crane Foundation, and prepared a land use and vegetational history of the private reserve that includes Aldo Leopold's "shack." More recently, he has assisted the birth and development of a number of public charity, social welfare, business league and supporting organizations in Washington including: Cascade Land Conservancy, People for Puget Sound, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, the Northwest Biosolids Management Association, the E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust and the South Downtown Foundation.

Konrad speaks frequently on environmental and resource conservation matters to legal and professional groups. He was nominated a Quiet Hero of the King County Bar Association for his dedication to preserving our environment. He also was an appointee to the National Research Council, Committee on Assessment of Risks from Remediation of PCB–Contaminated Sediment under the National Academy of Sciences.

Konrad is co-editor of a chapter on conservation easements in the Real Property Deskbook published by the Washington State Bar Association. He is also the author of a law review note on the "Impact of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on Lifetime Transfers of Appreciated Property for Conservation Purposes," Cornell Law Review 74(4): 742-97 (1989), and is a frequent speaker and writer on non-profit and land conservation issues.

Konrad presently serves on the board of the Washington Foundation for the Environment and previously served on the board of a number of public charities. He previously served as chair of Preston Gates’ Public Service Committee and as chair of the firm’s environmental and land use practice.

Bar Admissions
  • Bar of Washington
  • J.D., Cornell Law School (1988) cum laude
  • B.A., Carleton College (1978) Biology/Philosophy

Contact Konrad J. Liegel

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP
925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone: 206.370.8385
Fax: 206.370.6116


Service Area

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