Seattle Office Expands Natural Resources/Land Use Practices

February 7, 2019

We are honored to introduce our newest colleagues, Partner Erin Anderson and Of Counsel Sara Leverette, who join VNF’s Seattle team from Stoel Rives. Their experience, and significant understanding of the unique challenges inherent in permitting developments throughout the region, brings additional depth and expertise to our highly regarded team.

Ms. Anderson advises clients in the permitting, development, and operation of major capital facilities, with a particular focus on energy generation, conversion, and transmission.  Bringing over 25 years’ experience working with a wide-range of energy clients in all aspects of local, state, and federal permitting matters, Ms. Anderson will bolster Van Ness Feldman’s strong environmental and land use practices and add significant depth to the firm’s strategic capabilities.

“Having worked alongside them throughout their careers, I can unequivocally say they are tremendous lawyers and exceptional individuals, we are thrilled to have them join our team,” said Jay Derr, Managing Partner of the Seattle Office.

Ms. Leverette advises clients on permitting and litigation related to energy infrastructure development, clean-up sites and dangerous waste permitting. She has experience with issues related to utility permitting; endangered species; the Washington State and National Environmental Policy acts; the Model Toxics Control Act; clean water; complex environmental litigation; and environmental, health and safety compliance matters in Alaska and Washington State.

Richard Agnew, Chairman of Van Ness Feldman, commented, “We are pleased that Ms. Anderson and Ms. Leverette have joined our exceptional team of environmental and land use lawyers.  These additions allow the firm to better represent the firm’s diverse clientele in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country.”

Please join us in welcoming Erin and Sara to the Van Ness Feldman family.

Both Ms. Anderson and Ms. Leverette received their JDs from the University of Washington School of Law.  They can be reached at and or 206-623-9372.