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Ankur K. Tohan

Ankur Tohan is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and practice group coordinator for the firm's global environment, land and natural resources practice group. His practice focuses on energy infrastructure, natural resource development, and compliance counseling including defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions. Ankur also advises clients on a range of sustainability and greenhouse gas matters ranging from policy and planning to permitting and development.

Ankur assists clients with complex regulatory, permitting, and enforcement matters under a range of environmental statutes, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and Model Toxic Control Act (MTCA). 

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ankur was an assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he worked on complex environmental enforcement, civil defense, and permitting matters.  Ankur served as the lead Clean Water Act (CWA) attorney in Region 10 on wetland enforcement actions and jurisdictional issues under the CWA; oil and gas NPDES permitting; and forestry matters under the CWA and NEPA.

Ankur has travelled throughout Alaska, including Kenai Peninsula and the North Slope, which has allowed him to work directly with several native communities as well as the North Slope Borough.

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Washington - Environment, 2017 - 2020
  • Clean-Water Act Handbook, Pre-Treatment and Indirect Dischargers, contributor/editor
  • ELI - Law of Environmental Protection, Clean Water Act, editor
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Section, Newsletter editor
  • Northwest Environmental Business Council, Board of Directors member
  • Presenter, SEPA Policy Update: Greenhouse Gas Assessments for Projects (GAP) Rulemaking, Northwest Environmental Business Council, Remediation Conference, October, 2020
  • Presenter, Next Generation Infrastructure, Washington Public Ports Association Environmental Seminar, September 2019
  • Moderator, Natural Gas: Reckoning With The Future, NIPPC Annual Meeting, September 2019
  • Presenter, SEPA & NEPA The Developer’s Perspective, The 16th Annual Intensive One-Day Seminar on SEPA & NEPA, January 2019
  • Presenter, Energy Flow & The Dormant Commerce Clause, The Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition Annual Meeting, October 2018
  • Presenter, Carbon Regimes in Washington and California, Oregon Farm Bureau, September 2018.
  • Presenter, Renewable Energy Workshop - The Secret Sauce in Renewable Energy: Competition, June 2018
  • Presenter, Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International, May 2018
  • Presenter, The Mighty Columbia, The Seminar Group, March 2018
  • Presenter, Citizen Suits: The nuts and bolts for bringing and defending against private enforcement actions, Law Seminars International, February 2018
  • Presenter, Impact on Washington of the 2016 Election and Clean Water Policy and Enforcement Priorities at the Federal Level, Law Seminars International, June 2017
  • Presenter, Can Trump Dismantle the EPA as Promised?, The Seminar Group, Environmental Law in the Trump Administration, March 2017
  • Presenter, The Department of Interior/Commerce in the Trump Era, The Seminar Group, Environmental Law in the Trump Administration, March 2017
  • Presenter, Wetlands, Permitting, Case Law Update (Dairy and Manure; Downstream Impacts), The Seminar Group Agriculture Law Seminar, February 2017
  • Presenter, Energy Infrastructure and Carbon Policy: Impacts & Opportunities, Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC) Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Presenter, Legislative, Regulatory and Section 4 Update, Endangered Species Act Conference, 2016
  • Presenter, Washington’s Energy Future Conference, NEBC, 2015
  • Presenter, Permitting Strategies for Large, Controversial Projects in Washington State and the Northwest, The Seminar Group, 2015
  • Presenter, Clean Water Act Update: Recent Adoption of Regulations Clarifying the Clean Water Act, K&L Gates, 2015
  • Presenter, Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West: Regulating Interstate Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gases, Law Seminars International CLE, 2015
  • Presenter, Endangered Species Act Conference, The Seminar Group, 2014
  • Presenter, Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International CLE, 2012
  • Moderator, Alaska Shale Conference, K&L Gates, 2012
  • Presenter, Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International CLE, 2011
  • Guest lecturer, Environmental Law Fundamentals, Seattle University Law School, February 2008, 2010
  • Presenter, Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International CLE, 2010.
  • Presenter, Fundamentals of Environmental Compliance Inspections, National Enforcement Institute, July 2008
  • Presenter, Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International CLE, 2007
  • Presenter, Society for Ecological Restoration and Society of Wetland Scientists Joint Conference, September 2007
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