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Benjamin A. Mayer

Fax +1.206.623.7022
Ben Mayer is an associate in K&L Gates’ Seattle office. Mr. Mayer’s practice focuses on litigation and transactions involving energy, environmental, land use, and natural resource issues, and Indian law. He counsels public and private clients on the requirements of and compliance with laws regulating the human and natural environments, including federal and state cleanup laws, federal and state environmental policy acts, and federal and state energy laws and regulations. He also advises clients on utility regulatory and public policy issues. Mr. Mayer’s practice involves advising and representing clients on these issues in the siting, permitting, and development of energy and infrastructure projects; the acquisition and sale of real property; mergers and asset acquisitions; environmental cleanup matters; administrative proceedings; and litigation.

Mr. Mayer also represents clients in negotiations and transactions with Indian tribes on issues related to sovereign immunity, treaty rights, historic and cultural resources, and taxing. He has advised clients on these matters in relation to financial services agreements, oil and gas leases, contracts for goods and services, individual Shellfish Management Plans (SMPs), and interlocal taxing agreements.

Mr. Mayer maintains an active pro bono practice, including as a member of a team representing an Indian tribe seeking federal recognition.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Mayer 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, he established the Veterans Student Union at the University of California, Irvine and was a founding member of the Student Veterans of America.


  • Recognized as Washington “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2018

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Seattle Sports Commission, 2017-Present
  • Content Editor, King County Bar Association Washington Lawyer Practice Manual, Indian Law Chapter, 2014-Present

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Moderator, “Expanding Opportunities: Innovative Approaches to Procuring Renewable Energy,” Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) Washington’s Energy Future Conference, November 2017