Terese (T.C.) Richmond

Partner

206.623.9372

ter@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Serves as General Counsel for Cascade Water Alliance, a nonprofit corporation composed of municipal corporations and special-purpose districts operating under an Interlocal Agreement for the purpose of its members to plan, develop, and operate a water supply system and regional assets to meet its members' current and future drinking water needs.
  • Served as a Contributing Author, Report on Preparing the Nation for Change:  Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, 2013
  • Serves as General Counsel for Building Changes, a nonprofit corporation with public and private funding working to end family homelessness.
  • Provides land use and environmental permitting to several municipal, county, and state agencies, irrigation districts, and other municipal corporations and special purpose districts, with a focus on State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and climate change.
  • Represented the University of Washington in the areas of environmental law; land use; real estate; health and safety laws; export control regulation; and open public meetings including representation of the museums, theaters, and radio stations.
  • As King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Transit and Water Quality Section, counseled on environmental issues including those related to planning, construction, and operation of waste water treatment plants, water supply issues, electrical utility regulation, bio-solids regulation, and SEPA.
  • Served as Chief Counsel to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, providing legal counsel to the Director and supervising the department's legal staff in all legal matters, including federal and state court litigation, administrative review matters, interstate negotiations, Indian water rights negotiations, endangered species act issues, grants programs, contracting, state and federal legislation, and personnel matters.
  • Served as Special Assistant to the Governor, Washington State, negotiating federal water resource legislation with Congressional delegation, Indian tribes, agricultural interests, environmental groups, and federal agencies in the Yakima River Basin, and worked with media, local governmental entities, state legislature and the public.
  • Represented Washington Department of Fisheries and Department of Wildlife (now a combined department) in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in administrative hearings, and in legislative, rule-making and enforcement matters.
  • Represented Washington Department of Ecology in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in administrative hearings, and in negotiations. Areas of concentration were federal pesticide laws, federal Superfund and hazardous waste laws, and the state and federal Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

Publications

Building a Sustained Climate Assessment Process

Climatic Change, pp. 1-15
09/21/2015

2014 National Climate Assessment

Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, Melillo, Jerry M., Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and Gary W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program
05/12/2014

2014 Highlights of Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, Melillo, Jerry M., Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and Gary W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program
05/11/2014

2013 Report on Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process

Contributing author, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee
12/01/2013

Conservation Tools: An Evaluation and Comparison of the Use of Certain Land Preservation Mechanisms

Prepared for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office pursuant to SHB 1957 (2009)
12/23/2009

Presentations

ABA 2017 Water Law Conference

Panelist, "Water Infrastructure and Climate Change: What Happens When the Past is No Longer Prologue?"
American Bar Association
Los Angeles, California
03/28/2017

Addressing Climate Change in the West

Panel Moderator, "Local Level Adaptation/Resilience Strategies"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, Washington
02/16/2017

14th Annual SEPA & NEPA Seminar

Presenter, “What Next for Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Final Guidance on Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change Impacts”
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
01/13/2017

2016 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum

Speaker
Aspen, CO
05/18/2016

Water Finance Forum

Speaker, "Financing Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure"
Portland, OR
03/31/2016

International Water & Climate Forum 2015

Panel Moderator
San Diego, CA
12/07/2015

2015 AWRA Washington State Conference - Water Management Strategies in the Face of Climate Change

Speaker, “Climate Change Economic Considerations: Risk Management Framework”
Seattle, Washington
10/22/2015

13th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers Conference

Speaker, “Context for Viewing Climate Change on College Campuses”
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
10/01/2015

Preparing for Climate Change - New Regulations and New Litigation

"Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Impact Assessments - Incorporating Climate Change and CO2 into Required Documents"
The Seminar Group
Seattle, WA
11/12/2014

2014 AASHE Annual Conference & Expo

Co-presenter, "Campus, Community & Corporate Partnerships for Climate Adaptation and Resilience"
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Portland, OR
10/26/2014