Mark L. Stermitz

Mark L. Stermitz: Attorney with Crowley Fleck PLLP
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  • 305 South 4th Street East, Suite 100, Missoula, MT 59801
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Mark Stermitz is a partner in Crowley Fleck’s Missoula, Montana office. He is co-chair of the firm’s Natural Resource and Environmental Litigation Practice Group. Mark represents clients in projects and litigation covering the gamut of environmental laws including air and water quality, the ESA, NEPA, CERCLA and their state equivalents. He has many years of experience in permitting and transactions for large projects such as pipelines, transmission lines, mines and energy generation facilities, and recently in power plant decommissioning. Mark also represents clients in criminal proceedings relating to such matters.

Before joining Crowley Fleck, Mr. Stermitz was with the prominent Los Angeles entertainment and litigation firm Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro, handling energy, environmental and commercial litigation. His prior experience also includes serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Port of Portland, Oregon, with responsibility for environmental and land use matters for the Port’s marine, aviation and real estate operations. Mark was also a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resource Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., litigating important federal environmental cases across the U.S.

Mark began his legal career in rural central Montana more than thirty years ago. Except for government service, he has always maintained a busy commercial litigation practice, and conducted many jury trials over the years. He is a Montana native and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Montana.

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law (2013- Present)
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
U.S. Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award
Montana Justice Foundation - Champion of Justice (2014)

Prior Experience (Employment)

Mark Stermitz has thirty years of experience in courtrooms ranging from rural Montana to Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Mark’s experience includes service as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Justice Department, and in-house counsel for environmental and land use matters with the Port of Portland, Oregon. Before returning to Montana to join Crowley Fleck, Mark was with the prominent Los Angeles firm Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs & Shapiro.

Presentations & Publications

Author, Paris Climate Accord, Best Lawyers, September 1, 2017

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Energy & Minerals Projects & Transactions
  • Mining - Hard Rock, Coal and Other Minerals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Permitting and Environmental
  • Environmental Law
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response
  • Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Solid or Hazardous Waste
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Equivalents
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Lobbying, Regulatory and Administrative Affairs
  • Mining - Hard Rock, Coal and Industrial Minerals
  • Land and Mineral Acquisition
  • Litigation and Administrative Proceedings
  • Mine Development and Operation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(406) 523-3600  Phone
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7099, Missoula, MT 59801
University Attended:
University of Montana, B.A., 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
1983, U.S. District Court, District of Montana; 2002, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; 2009, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2007, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota; 1983, Montana; 2007, California; 2002, Oregon; North Dakota

Professional Affiliations

• State Bar of Montana
• Oregon State Bar Association
• California State Bar Association
• North Dakota State Bar Association
• American Bar Association

U.S. Navy, 1975-1978
Birth Information:
Missoula, Montana, 1953
Reported Cases:
National Wildlife Federation, et al. v. National Marine Fisheries Service, et al., 524 F.3d 917 (9th Cir. 2008); Grant School Dist. No. 3 v. Dombeck, 126 Fed.Apx. 823 (9th Cir. 2005); National Wilderness Institute v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2005 WL 691775 (D.D.C. 2005); Cabinet Resource Group v. U.S. Forest Service, 2004 WL 966086 (D.Mont. 2004); Wyoming Outdoor Council v. Bosworth, 284 F.Supp.2d 81 (D.D.C., 2003); Center for Biological Diversity v. Pirie, 191 F.Supp.2d 161 (D.D.C. 2001); Gerber v. Babbitt, 146 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2001); Defenders of Wildlife v. Babbitt, 130 F.Supp.2d 121 (D.D.C. 2001).
Agreement for the Operation of Central Plant Facilities, MGM Project CityCenter, 2010; Utility Interconnection Agreement between MGM Mirage and NV Energy, 2009; Environmental Due Diligence on behalf of MGM Mirage, purchase by Dubai World of interest in MGM Project CityCenter, 2008; Tracinda Corp. acquisition of interest in Delta Petroleum, 2008.
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