Marlys’ practice focuses on matters arising under major federal and state environmental, energy, and natural resources statutes. Drawing on a comprehensive understanding of science and policy underlying the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Model Toxics Control Act; renewable portfolio standards; and other regulatory schemes, Marlys advises clients in assessing, managing, and mitigating environmental liabilities and compliance obligations. In addition to her environmental regulatory practice, Marlys has extensive substantive experience in corporate and real estate transactions involving contaminated properties, facility auditing, due diligence investigations, and drafting and negotiating complex transaction agreements. She combines her significant experience in corporate and regulatory transactional projects with an in-depth knowledge of business considerations to advise clients in complex project development, facility acquisitions and divestitures, and other transactional matters.

Marlys brings a business sensibility to advising clients in all phases of industrial property and plant acquisitions, from letters of intent, to the negotiation and drafting of transaction documents. She also guides clients through various regulatory approval processes and in the planning and implementation of post-closing integration activities. Marlys is adept at guiding transactional teams that include colleagues with expertise in other practice areas – including energy facility development, transmission regulation, federal government licensing, permitting, real estate disposition, and land use regulation – to ensure an integrated approach to achieving the client’s legal and business objectives.

Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Marlys was the Senior Vice President and U.S. General Counsel for Philip Services Corporation, a $2 billion company with over 10,000 employees providing integrated hazardous waste management and industrial services to clients in North America and Europe. She was also General Counsel of Sabey Corporation, a pre-eminent Pacific Northwest industrial real estate development company.  Her initial legal experience was as a litigation associate in a major Seattle law firm.


Seattle University School of Law J.D., 1982
Associate Editor, Seattle University Law Review

University of Washington B.A., 1969