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Derek B. Kalbfleisch

Derek Kalbfleisch is an associate and a member of the Environment, Land, and Natural Resources practice group. Derek’s practice focuses on natural resource development, carbon credit transactions, water use, and environmental due diligence, permitting, and regulatory compliance. Derek has experience with state and federal laws on forest practices, water pollution, water rights, endangered species, and environmental remediation. Derek is a member of the firm’s Carbon and Seafoods industry groups and contributes to the firm’s American Indian Law and Environmental Justice practice areas.

Derek was previously a summer associate in the firm’s Seattle office, where he researched and drafted legal memoranda analyzing client issues with respect to state hazardous waste laws, the federal tax code, and various state property laws. In addition, he drafted and published client alerts on emerging topics including Washington's Climate Commitment Act, timber-employee safety rulings, and best practices when using environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. Derek also assisted two pro bono clients by issuing cease and desist letters and coordinating with local jurisdictions. 
Prior to joining the firm Derek served as student attorney at a veterans legal clinic for a Michigan-based university. Through this role, he advised pro bono clients on housing law, family law, medical debts, and military discharge upgrade proceedings. He also researched, drafted, and argued a motion for summary disposition in an eviction case. 

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