Alyssa is a partner in the firm's Seattle office. She works closely with clients to address their business and legal needs concerning water resources, carbon management, greenhouse gas regulation, air quality, and hazardous wastes. She counsels agricultural, timber and energy clients in evaluating and securing water rights in both the near- and long-term, including building and managing water banks. Alyssa also advises clients in compliance, due diligence and permitting strategies for large infrastructure projects in a range of industries, including wind and solar, battery storage, agricultural production, timberlands, and data centers.
Alyssa has represented local businesses, national companies, transnational corporations, municipalities, public library systems, and ports before state regulatory agencies, administrative hearings boards and in state courts. She has extensive experience working with the frameworks of various state water codes, the Washington State and federal Clean Air Act (CAA) the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). She routinely works with state and local regulatory agencies in all aspects of her practice.
Alyssa is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, serving as co-chair of the Seattle office Hiring Committee, as a member of the office Diversity Committee, and attended the firmwide Diversity Retreat in November 2022.
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.
- Recognized by Chambers USA for Environment in Washington, 2023
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, 2015-2021
- Named to the Washington Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2013-2018
- Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Board Member, 2020-present
- Northwest Maritime Center Board Member, 2020-present
- RAVE Foundation Board Member, Seattle Sounders, 2017-present
- Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2017
- YMCA of Greater Seattle Camping Services Board of Mangers Member, 2008-2015
- King County Legal Services Clinic Volunteer, 2008-2009
- Panelist, “Finding Water – An Update on Water Markets,” Water Law Institute for The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law, San Diego, CA, November 4-5, 2022
- Panelist, “Water Banking Update,” Washington Water Code, Seminar Group, December 2021
- 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
- “Carbon Dioxide Shortage in the United Kingdom,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report, May 2022
- “Greenhouse Gas Regulation in Washington: What the Clean Power Plan and Washington Clean Air Rule Mean for the State,” Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 41, No. 3, November 2015
- 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).