Sara 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.

She enjoys working with teams of experts to counsel clients on the permitting of energy projects ranging from high voltage transmission lines to solar and wind developments to onshore and offshore natural gas facilities.  Sara’s practice also includes advocating for in-water projects, including an LNG fuel terminal, offshore natural gas facilities in Alaska, and hydroelectric facilities.

Prior to joining the firm, Sara externed for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and served as a Policy Director at the Oregon Environmental Council.  While in law school, she was the Chief Articles Editor of the Washington Law Review and completed focused research on the impacts that economic systems have on the development of environmental law.

  • Experience
    • On-going representation of electrical transmission provider regarding local, state and federal permits required for the upgrade of high-voltage transmission facilities and substations in variety of urban, shoreline and rural environments. Co-lead counsel in the defense of permits required for transmission line siting.
    • Represents a PLP in the development of an RI/FS under the Washington Model Toxics Control Act and an associated natural resource damages negotiation at a large marine sediment site.
    • Represents a mix low level waste facility in state and federal permitting and environmental review processes.
    • Represents a utility in the development of a local and state permitting strategy for a large wind development.
    • Represents Northwest Innovation Works – Kalama, LLC in the development of a methanol manufacturing and marine export facility that will deploy ultra- low emissions and zero-discharge technologies, including the procurement and defense of local, state and federal shoreline use and environmental permits and GHG mitigation program development.
    • Negotiated and successfully resolved major RCRA enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region 10.
    • Represented solar facility developer in an expedited permit review proceeding before the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.
    • Represented utility client in the local, state (Hydraulic Project Approval, Section 401 certification) and federal permitting of a first-of-its-kind LNG conversion, storage and marine LNG fueling facility (including associated natural gas pipeline upgrades) in the Port of Tacoma, Washington, that will replace marine diesel fuel with cleaner-burning LNG. Co-lead counsel in defense of shoreline permit and water quality certification associated with that facility.
    • Assisted client in offshore permitting of energy development facilities in Alaska.

  • Professional Affiliations

    EarthShare Washington

    Board Member, 2015-present  

    ABA Endangered Species Committee

    Membership Vice Chair, 2015-2017

  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    Washington State Bar
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Government Service
  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership

Education

University of Washington School of Law J.D., with honors, 2011
Chief Articles Editor, Washington Law Review, 2009-2011

Claremont McKenna College B.A., cum laude