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Endre M. Szalay

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Endre Szalay is an associate in the Environment, Land and Natural Resources group in the Seattle office. His practice focuses on compliance counseling and litigation under a range of environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act (CWA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Endangered Species Act (ESA); Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); Model Toxic Control Act (MTCA); and state and local land-use laws.


Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Szalay was assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 where he worked on complex environmental enforcement, civil defense, permitting matters, and regulatory counseling. Mr. Szalay was Region 10’s Senior Water Enforcement Attorney. He also served as Region 10’s lead attorney for CWA jurisdictional issues, including waters of the United States rulemaking, and mining-related issues.

Mr. Szalay counseled the EPA on myriad issues, including:

  • CWA section 404 permitting, including compensatory mitigation
  • State assumption of the CWA section 404 permitting program
  • CWA section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting
  • Enforcement actions under the CWA and Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Review and development of state water quality standards, including criteria for toxic pollutants, site specific criteria, antidegradation policies, and implementation tools such as variances
  • Defensive litigation involving ESA consultation, total maximum daily loads for impaired waters, mandatory duties under the CWA, and approval of state water quality standards
  • NEPA review on large-scale mining projects
  • CWA and CERCLA integration efforts
  • Government-to-government consultation with Native American Tribes and Alaska Native Villages


During his tenure at the EPA, Mr. Szalay earned several agency awards, including the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service and multiple Bronze Medals for Commendable Service.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Clean Water Act Update,” K&L Gates, September 30, 2015
  • “Defining Waters of the United States: To What Extent Will the New Rules Change EPA/Corps Jurisdiction,” Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International, October 19, 2015
  • "EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule: What does it mean and what’s next,” Idaho Water Users Association 32nd Annual Water Law and Resources Seminar, November 19, 2015
  • “Federal Jurisdiction Over Waters and Wetlands as the Story of the Year for Water Quality,” Clean Water and Stormwater Conference, Law Seminars International, April 18, 2016
  • “Wetlands Regulation and Defining Waters of the US: What to expect from Region 10,” Clean Water and Stormwater Conference, Law Seminars International, June 22, 2017
  • Advising clients on environmental due diligence for acquisition of solar projects
  • Counseling clients on state and federal rules and policies regarding water quality
  • Supporting clients in negotiating settlements for complex marine sediment cleanup actions under CERCLA and MTCA