Tiffanie (she/her) is an associate in the firm’s environmental practice group where she represents both public and private-sector clients in a variety of land, water, natural resources, and litigation matters. Tiffanie’s practice focuses on energy infrastructure and the permitting necessary for development on federal, state, and tribal lands. Her experience includes a full range of counsel on federal, state, and local matters under the National Environmental Policy Act, Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, among others. Concurrently with these permitting needs, she also guides clients in necessary and pertinent tribal consultations. Currently, she is working throughout the Rocky Mountain region and the Western United States to help clients permit and complete federal and state environmental review for hydropower relicensing, transmission line, and renewable and natural gas energy projects. Additionally, Tiffanie assists new and seasoned hydropower developers in navigating the complexities of FERC hydropower licensing and relicensing for cutting-edge hydropower developments including pumped storage hydropower, as well as related litigation.
Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Tiffanie worked at a California-based law firm, where she assisted public agencies, developers, and landowners in water rights disputes, litigation, administrative proceedings, and general counsel work. There, she also worked on state and federal issues related to large water infrastructure projects including the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.
Before moving to the private sector, Tiffanie spent two years at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I, which provided her with an in-depth understanding of successful litigation strategies, including a unique understanding of how judges review code enforcement matters, administrative appeals, and environmental litigation. Clients benefit from this perspective in all of her representations.
When not in the office, Tiffanie is active in mentoring activities with her alma mater and various associations, and enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs, reading fiction, or traveling.