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Marie E. Quasius

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Marie Quasius works for private and public clients on permitting, compliance counseling, and litigation related to large infrastructure projects, including permitting/licensing, construction, operation, purchase/sale, and remediation of energy facilities (including hydropower facilities, liquefied natural gas pipelines, propane/butane pipelines, and export terminals), transportation proposals, and other industrial facilities.

Her work has involved a range of environmental statutes, including the Federal Power Act; NEPA; SEPA; the Clean Water Act (particularly industrial and municipal stormwater and 401 certification); the Coastal Zone Management Act; state and federal cleanup laws; wildlife and fisheries management under the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Act; historical and cultural resource protection laws; federal Indian law, constitutional law issues (e.g., preemption, takings), navigability for title, and various state environmental and land use laws.

Her litigation experience in federal district courts and courts of appeals, state courts, and administrative tribunals extends to all stages of pre-trial and post-trial work, such as fact and expert discovery; large-scale document productions; depositions; motions practice; preparing witnesses for trial; and negotiating and enforcing complex multi-party settlement agreements.

Super Lawyers magazine named Ms. Quasius a 2015, 2016 and 2017 "Rising Star" in the Environmental Law Practice Area.


  • Rising Star - 2018
  • Rising Star - 2017
  • Rising Star - 2016
  • Rising Star - 2015

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board Member, Executive Committee & Engagement Committee (Co-Chair), Mountains to Sound Greenway
  • Past Board Member & President, Women in Environment (2011-2017)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental Land Use Section Newsletter, Member of the Editorial Board (2013-2016)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presented “Legal Basis of Land Use Planning” and “Open Government in Washington” at the Washington Department of Commerce Short Course on Land Use Planning, Tulalip Reservation (May 10, 2018)
  • Presented “Industrial Stormwater: Common Compliance Missteps” at the Northwest Environmental Business Council, Managing Stormwater in Washington conference (Mar. 7, 2018)
  • Presented “Industrial Stormwater: Obstacles to Compliance” at the Northwest Environmental Business Council, Managing Stormwater in Washington conference (Mar. 4, 2016)
  • NEBC “Managing storm water in Washington” (2016)
  • Presented “Stormwater Compliance for Ports” at Washington Public Ports Association Annual Meeting (2016)
  • Presented “The Legal Struggle over Ethnic Studies” at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention (2014)
  • Presented “New Regional Energy Needs: The Promise of Pumped Hydropower Storage” at the Comprehensive Review of Hydropower in the Northwest CLE (2014)
  • Presented “Social Justice Monday: Perspectives on the Arizona Ethnic Studies Litigation” at the Seattle University Korematsu Center (2014)
  • Presented “Drafting an Environmental Review Document” at a State Environmental Policy Act conference (2013)
  • Presented “Overview of the Endangered Species Act” at the 18th Annual Endangered Species Act Conference (2011)
  • Prepared Subcontractor CLE for Construction Law CLE (2010)
Environmental and  Land Use
  • Represent public and private clients on permitting, environmental review, due diligence, contract negotiation, and permit transfers for renewable energy, LNG, and industrial facilities in Washington and other states
  • Represent natural gas pipeline client on permitting issues in Oregon and Washington
  • Advise Washington municipality on land use and environmental review related to transmission line proposal
  • Represent municipalities in Washington and Idaho on Total Maximum Daily Load and other water quality permitting issues faced by wastewater treatment plants
  • Represent agribusiness portfolio on water rights due diligence and transfers
  • Represent a variety of clients on audit issues and provide advice related to self-disclosure of violations to state and federal agencies
  • Represent clients in the fisheries, hydropower, and other industries on Endangered Species Act issues, including development of Habitat Conservation Plans, Incidental Take Permit applications, comments regarding designation of Critical Habitat, and petitions proposing designation of new Distinct Population Segment and/or delisting in certain geographic regions
  • City of Seattle: FERC license implementation, including decommissioning of a nearby hydropower facility and advice on water quality and endangered species issues, for the Boundary hydroelectric project
  • Duke Energy: FERC license implementation for hydropower facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Indiana
  • Boralex: FERC headwater benefits for South Glens Falls and Hudson Falls projects (NY)
  • Represent various purchasers in the acquisition of hydropower projects in states across the country, including private and municipally-developed facilities facing a variety of endangered species, water quality and tribal issues
  • Represent owner of several hydropower projects in litigation involving the State’s assertion of a right to compensation for projects’ use of streambeds for hydropower generation.
  • Represent municipality pursuing pumped storage hydropower project in Washington state
  • Represent owner of portfolio of hydroelectric facilities, some FERC-licensed and some operating pursuant to exemptions, with respect to the sale of the portfolio, including related due diligence, permit transfer and regulatory issues
  • Advice to hydropower companies on ESA compliance related to acquisition, operation, management, and removal of hydropower facilities in the eastern and western United States, including operation of associated salmonid hatcheries (e.g., drafting Incidental Take Permit application and associated Environmental Assessment for hatchery genetic management plans) and involving a wide array of aquatic and land-based species
Cleanup & Insurance Coverage
  • Represent seafood processing client in Model Toxics Control Act cleanup process and associated insurance coverage negotiations 
  • Successfully assist public client in obtaining reversal of insurance company denial and recovery of cleanup costs under Pollution Legal Liability policy
  • Represent client with historic cleanup liability seeking coverage under historic Commercial General Liability insurance policies
  • Assist public and private clients with negotiation and implementation of Agreed Orders, Consent Decrees, and restrictive covenants required by MTCA and CERCLA
  • Advise railroad client on cost allocation for cleanup sites governed by MTCA and CERCLA
  • Defend industrial clients in Clean Water Act citizen suits involving alleged violations of stormwater permits
  • Alcoa Power Generating, Inc.: litigation over navigability for title and ownership of the bed of the Yadkin Project in North Carolina