T.C. has over 25 years' experience representing state and local governmental agencies in Washington and Arizona. Her practice focuses on environmental law, land use, water law and climate change, with an emphasis on public policy. She has broad experience in natural resource policy, laws and regulations, and the operation of large organizations, the framework within which governmental organizations and private partnerships must make long-term planning decisions and respond to immediate needs. She serves as general counsel for both private and public organizations and as vice-chair of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining GordonDerr, T.C. was Senior Counsel for the Attorney General's Office-University of Washington Division. There, she represented the University in the areas of land use, real estate, environmental health and safety, and art, museum and theater administration. As an AAG, T.C. also represented the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Ecology in state and federal trial and appellate courts. In addition, T.C. served as Chief Counsel to the Arizona Department of Water Resources; and as a Special Assistant to the Governor (WA) regarding federal water resource legislation.
- General Counsel for Cascade Water Alliance. Cascade is a nonprofit corporation composed of municipal corporations and special-purpose districts operating under an Interlocal Agreement for the purpose of its Members to plan, develop, and operate a water supply system and regional assets to meet Cascade's Members' current and future drinking water needs.
- General Counsel for Building Changes. Building Changes is a nonprofit corporation working to end homelessness.
- Provides land use and environmental permitting to several municipal, county, and state agencies, and other municipal corporations and districts, with a focus on State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and climate change.
- Represented the University of Washington in the areas of environmental law; land use; real estate; health and safety laws; export control regulation; and open public meetings including lead representation of the Meany Theater, the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and KUOW and KEXP.
- As King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Transit and Water Quality Section, provided legal counsel to the Department of Natural Resources in legal matters including environmental issues related to planning, construction and operation of waste water treatment plants, water supply issues, electrical utility regulation, bio-solids regulation, and SEPA.
- Served as Chief Counsel to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, providing legal counsel to the Director and supervising the Department's legal staff of eight attorneys in all legal matters, including federal and state court litigation, administrative review matters, interstate negotiations, Indian water rights negotiations, endangered species act issues, grants programs, contracting, state and federal legislation, and personnel matters.
- Served as Special Assistant to the Governor, Washington State, negotiated federal water resource legislation with Congressional delegation, Indian tribes, agricultural interests, environmental groups, and federal agencies in the Yakima River Basin; and worked with media, local governmental entities, state legislature and general public.
- Represented Washington Department of Fisheries and Department of Wildlife (now a combined department) in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in administrative hearings, and in legislative, rule-making and enforcement matters.
- Represented Washington Department of Ecology in state and federal trial and appellate courts, in administrative hearings, and in negotiations. Areas of concentration were federal pesticide laws, federal Superfund and hazardous waste laws, and the state and federal Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.
Mediator Certificate, November 2006
Law Clerk, Justice Robert Brachtenbach, Washington State Supreme Court, 1984-1985
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1984
Whitman College, B.A., Biology, 1978
Awards & Recognition "Best Lawyer," The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2013
"Super Lawyer," Washington Law & Politics, 2011-2013
View Ridge Community Council Leadership Award, 2001
Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1993
Arizona Department of Water Resources, Supervisor of the Year, 1990
Professional & Community Involvement Registered Lobbyist, City of Seattle
Vice Chair, Federal Advisory Committee, National Climate Assessment, 2011
King County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Environmental & Land Use Section Board, 2003-2004
Member, UW Botanic Gardens Directors Guild
Attorney General Formal Opinion Committee, 2004 to 2007
Salish Sea Expeditions, Board of Directors, 2005 to present
Articles, Publications & Lectures
- Status Report on the Current U. S. National Assessment on Climate, 2nd Annual Pacific Climate Science Conference, September 13-14, 2011, Seattle
- Steering Committee Member, Water Resources Law Forum, June 22-24, 2011, Vail, Colorado
- Economic Alliance between Environmental and Business Interests: Not Your Father's Environmental Movement, The Seminar Group, March 25, 2011, Seattle
- Does GMA provide adequate tools for protecting air quality? and How might climate change initiatives affect local government planning and permitting?, Washington Growth Management Act Conference, Law Seminars International (LSI), November 3-4, 2010
- Moderator, Climate Change Impacts on Land Use Regulation, LSI, April 19-20, 2010, Seattle
- SEPA Compliance For Non-Project Actions Like Comprehensive Plans And Development Regulations: The Relationship to Review of Subsequent Proposals, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), LSI, January 13, 2010, Seattle
- Conservation Tools: An Evaluation and Comparison of the Use of Certain Land Preservation Mechanisms, prepared for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office pursuant to SHB 1957 (2009)
- Environmental, Land Use & Permitting Issues for Vineyards and Wineries, Wine Distribution Law, Law Seminars International (LSI), Quincy, WA, August 3-4, 2009
- Ethical Issues for Lawyers in Water Rights Litigation and Transactions, Washington Water Law 2009, LSI, Seattle, June 4-5, 2009
- Leveraging SEPA to Promote Green-Friendly Development, SEPA & NEPA, LSI, Seattle, January 14, 2009
- Wet Growth: Exploring the Intersection Between Growth Management Law and Water, Growth Management Act 2008, LSI, Seattle, December 15–16, 2008
- Environmental & Land Use Law: What You Need to Know for 2009, Panelist, King County Bar Association, Seattle, December 10, 2008
- Environmental, Land Use and Permitting Issues for Vineyards and Wineries, Winery & Wine Distribution Conference; LSI, Quincy, WA, August 3-5, 2008
- Ethics for Land Use, Land Use In Washington; LSI, Seattle, April 2008
- Co-Chair, Land Use in Southwestern Washington; LSI, Vancouver, WA, February 2008
- Navigating the Maze: A Checklist Approach to Land Use and Environmental Law, State Environmental Policy Act; WSBA, Seattle, October 2007
- Using State and Local Strategies for Viticulture Siting and Development, Winery & Wine Distribution Law; LSI, Quincy, WA, August 2007
- Water: The Interface Between Water Supply and Land Use, Land Use in Eastern Washington; LSI, July 2007