Ben Mayer is an associate in K&L Gates’ Seattle office. Ben’s practice focuses on litigation and transactions involving energy, environmental, land use and natural resource issues.
Ben counsels public and private clients on the requirements of and compliance with laws regulating the human and natural environments, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, federal and state cleanup laws and federal and state environmental policy acts.
Ben’s practice involves advising and representing clients on these issues in the acquisition and sale of real property; the siting, permitting and development of energy facilities and infrastructure projects; mergers and asset acquisitions; environmental cleanup matters; administrative proceedings; and litigation.
Ben also represents clients in negotiations and disputes with Indian tribes on issues related to sovereign immunity, treaty rights, historic and cultural resources and taxing. He is currently the content editor of the Washington Lawyer Practice Manual’s Indian Law chapter and maintains an active pro bono practice, including as a member of a team representing an Indian tribe seeking federal recognition.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ben served in the United States Army, including service in Iraq where he repaired and installed WARLOCK devices in all types of military vehicles. After returning from Iraq, Ben established the Veterans Student Union at the University of California, Irvine and was a founding member of the Student Veterans of America. During law school, Ben was a prosecution clinic intern with the Culpeper Commonwealth Attorney’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases in Culpeper Circuit Court, General District Court, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Ben previously served as a court mediator in Orange County (CA) Superior Court and has worked with the Washington Defender Association and ACLU on a pro bono basis writing amicus curiae briefs on criminal defense and constitutional issues.