Environment - NEPA & State Equivalents

Attorneys in Van Ness Feldman’s environmental practice represent and advise clients on a wide range of federal and state regulatory, compliance, enforcement, permitting, siting, and legislative matters.  As a foundation for our current NEPA practice, several of the firm’s professionals previously served as legal counsel or policy advisors to the congressional committees or government agencies that developed and currently implement NEPA requirements—most notably, our firm’s founder, Bill Van Ness, who was a principal draftsman of NEPA during his service as Chief Counsel to the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.  

The firm has significant experience in related administrative litigation before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Appeals Board and similar state administrative tribunals, compliance and enforcement counseling, and negotiation of settlement agreements.  In addition, Van Ness Feldman regularly advises both clients and consultant teams regarding both the development and defense of environmental impact analyses requiring input and approvals from, among others, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, FERC, DOE, and Bureau of Land Management. 

In addition, the firm provides counsel on the many federal statutes encountered during project development, including the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Historic Preservation Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Forest Management Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act, as well state equivalents including Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).   



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Professionals

Brent Carson

Partner

Seattle

206.802.3831

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Robert F. Christin

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1987

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John H. Clements

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1933

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Maranda S. Compton

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202-298-1806

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Jay P. Derr

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Michael Diamond

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1807

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Britt Speyer Fleming

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1863

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Stephen C. Fotis

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1908

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Duncan M. Greene

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Shippen Howe

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1881

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Dale N. Johnson

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Sam Kalen

Senior Environmental & Resources Law Consultant

Washington D.C.

202.298.1826

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Tadas A. Kisielius

Partner

Seattle

206.802.3840

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Molly A. Lawrence

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Ray Liaw

Partner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Matthew A. Love

Partner

Seattle

206.829.1809

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Jenna R. Mandell-Rice

Associate

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Michael F. McBride

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1989

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Joseph B. Nelson

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1894

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Michael R. Pincus

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1833

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Jonathan D. Simon

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1932

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William Van Ness, Jr.

In Memoriam

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David G. Van Skike

Senior Land Use Planner

Seattle

206.623.9372

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Sharon White

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1871

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Jeffery L. Winmill

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1957

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