Terese (T.C.) Richmond has over 30 years' experience representing state and local governmental agencies in Washington and Arizona. Her practice focuses on environmental law, land use, water law, and climate change. Most recently, she has served as the Vice Chair for the federal advisory committee that authored the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, rolled out by the White House on May 6, 2014 as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. She was a lead author of the Assessment's chapter on water resources.
She has broad experience in natural resource policy, laws and regulations, the governance of large organizations, and public-private partnerships. She provides proactive support for organizations so that they are effective and efficient in realizing their missions.
T.C. serves as general counsel for Cascade Water Alliance, a municipal corporation composed of Puget Sound cities and special-purpose districts, and as counsel for the University of Washington, Northwest Clean Air Agency, and other public and private organizations. In addition to her work with the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee, she serves on the Board of Advisors of the Dividing the Waters Program of The National Judicial College. She has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Litigation-Environmental Law (2010-2015).
Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, T.C. was Senior Counsel for the Attorney General's Office - University of Washington Division. There, she represented the university in the areas of environmental law, campus planning, local land use, real estate, environmental health and safety, export control, and museum law. As an Assistant Attorney General, T.C. also represented the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Ecology in state and federal trial and appellate courts and served on the Attorney General Formal Opinion Committee.
In addition, T.C. served as Chief Counsel to the Arizona Department of Water Resources; Special Assistant to the Governor (WA) regarding federal water resource legislation; and as King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Transit and Water Quality Section. T.C. served as a law clerk with Justice Robert Brachtenbach, Washington State Supreme Court, and with the Attorney General Formal Opinion Committee.
Mediator Certificate, 2006
Gonzaga University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 1984
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Environmental Law, 2010-2017
Land Use & Zoning Law, 2013-2017
"Super Lawyers" by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine
Washington State, 2011-2015
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Dividing the Waters, a National Judicial College resource
Board of Advisors
Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment
King County Bar Association
Salish Sea Expeditions
Council of Advisors, 2005-present
University of Washington Botanic Gardens Directors Guild
Washington State Bar Association
Board Member, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 2003-2004
Washington State Attorney General's Office
Senior Counsel, Formal Opinion Committee, 2004-2007
Assistant Attorney General, 1997-2004
Arizona Department of Water Resources
Washington State Governor's Office
Special Assistant to the Governor
King County, Washington
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Transit and Water Quality Section
Washington State Supreme Court
Law clerk to the Honorable Justic Robert Brachtenbach