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Alyssa A. Moir

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Alyssa is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office. Her practice focuses on regulatory compliance and litigation related to air quality, water resources, land use, greenhouse gas regulation, Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and the Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Alyssa works closely with agricultural, viticultural, beverage producers and energy clients to evaluate and secure water rights in both the near- and long-term. Alyssa also advises clients in permitting strategies for large infrastructure projects in a range of industries, including renewable energy facilities, natural gas-fired facilities, energy export facilities, data centers, and beverage producers. She has represented individuals, municipalities, public library systems, ports, and corporations before state regulatory agencies, administrative hearings boards and in state courts, working within the frameworks of the Washington state and federal Clean Air Act (CAA) the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Washington Shorelines Management Act, and the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). She routinely works with state and local regulatory agencies in all aspects of her practice.

Representative Experience

Water Quality and Water Rights
  • Advising various large agribusiness portfolios on water rights evaluations, transfers and water-use planning;
  •  Working with power production facilities on evaluating current and future uses of water resources;
  • Advising private landowners including vineyards on water rights transfer and acquisitions;
  • Advised a multinational corporation on complex water rights exchange to facilitate siting a multimillion dollar water bottling facility;
  • Counseling developers in permitting strategies under the Clean Water Act.
Air Quality and Air Permitting
  • Advising on air quality and greenhouse gas matters related to various proposed energy export facilities including coal, LNG and LPG;
  • Counseling power production facility on all air quality matters including PSD permitting, MATS compliance, BART revisions and SSM concerns;
  • Successfully defended air quality permits granted to three multinational corporations’ data centers under state and federal air quality regulations resulting in successful summary judgment before administrative hearings board; continued defense in superior court;
  • Counseling on air quality matters related to proposed water bottling facility.
Environmental Review and Permitting
  • Advising on permitting strategy and permit defense for coal export facility under SEPA with a focus on greenhouse gas issues;
  • Regular due diligence review and strategic permitting for wind and solar facilities particularly in the Pacific Northwest but also nationwide;
  • Evaluated proposals for siting LNG and LPG facilities in Washington State under framework of SEPA and NEPA, including due diligence analysis of permitting requirements under shoreline management acts, critical areas ordinances, tribal treaty rights, the CWA, CAA, ESA and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
CERCLA and MTCA Mediation and Cost Recovery
  • Represented small business owners in successful mediation to recover cleanup costs incurred under MTCA;
  • Represented multinational paper products corporation in successful mediation to allocate cleanup costs incurred under MTCA and CERCLA;
  • Advised to multinational paper products corporation in cleanup and sale of former mill property;
  • Represented a multinational corporation in negotiating a Consent Decree under MTCA and CERCLA governing cleanup of former aviation site.
  • Advising railroad on cost allocation for multiple cleanup sites governed by MTCA and CERCLA.
Land Use and Zoning
  • Advising commercial real estate developers on zoning and wetlands compliance;
  • Advised multinational corporation on local land use and zoning requirements related to siting multimillion dollar water bottling facility;
  • Advising private land owner in compliance concerns related to wetlands, critical areas, steep slopes, endangered species, drainage, and equestrian uses on Whidbey Island;
  • Advised private landowner in vegetation management and steep slope concerns within the City of Seattle;
  • Advised private landowner in re-zoning concerns within the City of Medina.

Professional Background

Prior to private practice, Alyssa was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Marlin J. Appelwick of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1. During law school, Alyssa interned for the Environmental Protection Section of the City of Seattle, and worked for the Rural Development Institute, now Landesa, which advises developing countries in land law and policy.


  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013–2018
  • Named to the Washington Rising Stars list, as selected by Super Lawyers, 2013-2017

Professional/Civic Activities

  • YMCA of Greater Seattle Camping Services Board of Managers Member, 2008-2015; continuing pro bono work
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle, Partners with Youth volunteer, 2004-present
  • King County Legal Services Clinic Volunteer, 2008-2009
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, Tucson, Arizona, January 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “The Future of Water,” CleanTech Alliance Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 8, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Thirsty Energy: Water Sustainability and Risk-Planning, Women in Power, Washington D.C., November 16, 2017
  • The (proposed) Clean Air Rule and Clean Power Plan: What Do They Mean for the Future of Carbon Regulation in Washington?, King County Bar Association Environmental Law and Land Use Section CLE, January 28, 2016
  • Air Quality Permitting Fundamentals, Northwest Environmental Conference and Trade Show, Business Competitiveness, Responsibility, and Success, December 4-5, 2012, Portland, Oregon
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, Environmental Law and Policy, November 2011, 2012, and 2013, Seattle, Washington

Additional Information

  • Author, “Tribal Transmission: Moving Renewable Energy from the Reservation to the Grid,” Native American Resources Committee Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 2 (May 2010)
  • Co-author, “Washington State Releases Draft GHG Reporting Rules That Are More Stringent Than New Federal Rule,” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (January 18, 2010)
  • Author, “Federal Agencies Issue MOU to Speed Siting of Electric Transmission Lines on Federal Land; Congress Still Debating Siting Legislation,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 256 (December 2009)
  • Author, “Tangled Up in Blue – Ninth Circuit Resurrects Roadless Rule,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 253 (September 2009)
  • Author, “Sparks Fly as Agencies, Courts, States, and Congress Battle Over Who Is in Charge of Transmission Lines,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 251 (July 2009)
  • Author, “Federal Renewable Electricity Standard Takes Shape,” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (June 26, 2009)
  • Author, “Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tracking Now Required for Covered Washington State Businesses,” King County Bar Bulletin, Vol. 27, Issue 7 (March 2009)
  • Author, “By Taking Action on Fuel Economy Standards, President Orders Automakers to Produce More Fuel Efficient Cars,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 247 (March 2009)
  • Author, “Renewable Portfolio Standards Drive Market for Alternative Energy,” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (January 5, 2009)
  • Author, “Battle of the Bilge: EPA Issues Draft NPDES Permits for Incidental Discharges from Boats,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 241 (September 2008)
  • Forsaking the Forest for the Trees: Forestry Law in Papua New Guinea Inhibits Indigenous Customary Ownership, 14.2 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 545 (2005).