Conference on Water Law in Washington

Partner, Peter Dykstra will be speaking at the 24th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Water Law in Washington on July 27 and 28, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Peter will be presenting on “Streamflows in the Columbia River.” He will provide an update on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and fisheries management issues, a status report on renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty, and impacts on the use of the river for irrigation, domestic consumption, and other uses.

For more information, agenda, and registration information, please visit: Law Seminars International, Water Law in Washington.

Robert M. Smith Promoted to Partner

Robert M. Smith promoted to Partner with Plauché & Carr LLP’s Seattle office.

Robert has made a significant contribution to Plauché & Carr LLP’s environmental, land use, and real estate practices since joining the firm as a Senior Associate in 2013. He has successfully represented numerous clients in obtaining regulatory approvals in California and Washington; represented clients in real estate negotiations with the State of Washington, local state agencies, and private landowners; and successfully represented several shellfish clients in negotiations with Native American Tribes concerning shellfish rights and harvest agreements.

“Robert has proven himself as both a creative legal thinker and a tireless advocate for our clients’ interests. We are thrilled to welcome Robert into our partnership, and we look forward to our continued growth together.” –Billy Plauché, Co-Founder and Partner

Please join us in congratulating Robert as the newest Partner at Plauché & Carr LLP.

2015 Shoreline Regulation in Washington State Conference

Please join Plauché & Carr partners Billy Plauché and Peter Dykstra at the “Shoreline Regulation in Washington State: Marine Shorelines, Rivers and Lakes” Seminar Group Law Conference.  The conference will be held Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Hilton Seattle.

Billy Plauché will co-chair the program and Peter Dykstra will present on the top of “Creative Mitigation Strategies” relative to shoreline regulations.

For additional information and a full agenda please visit The Seminar Group.


Please join Plauché & Carr partner Billy Plauché at the NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGES Law Seminars International Conference,  March 12th & 13th, at the Thurman Arnold Building in Washington, DC. Billy Plauché  will present on the topic of NRD Litigation: Lessons from Recent Cases.

For additional details and a full agenda please visit Law Seminars International.

Welcome Matt Moore

Matt Moore counsels clients regarding various local, state, and federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the State Environmental Policy Act, and the Washington Shoreline Management Act.

His work has included representing clients before a state administrative hearings board to secure permitting for aquaculture projects, assisting clients to protect against environmental contamination that threatened their natural resource-based business, and representing clients in tidelands property disputes. He works closely with scientific professionals to ensure clients’ current and future compliance with environmental and land use regulations.

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Billy Plauché invited to Natural Resource Damages Conference

Partner Billy Plauché  has been invited speak at the Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Conference March 12 &13, 2015 The conference will be held at the Thurman Arnold Building located at 555 Twelfth Street, NW in Washington, DC 20004.  Specifically, Billy will present on the topic of  NRD Litigation: Lessons from Recent Cases on March 12th at 10:00 am EST. 

Natural resource damages (NRD) claims seek restoration and compensation for natural resource injuries resulting from oil spills and releases of hazardous substances. These claims are different from cleanup and response cost claims by EPA and State environmental agencies and they implicate a different set of issues. The Natural Resources Damages conference will cover the substantial legal, scientific, economic and policy issues facing Trustees, companies and others, including several cross-cutting issues surrounding Natural Resource Damages. It will feature a nationally recognized faculty including high-ranking government policy-makers, senior corporate in-house counsel, private practitioners with notable expertise in developing effective strategies in NRD litigation, and best-in-class experts including environmental scientists and economists.

For more information on this conference, please visit Law Seminars International, Natural Resource Damages.


EPA water transfers rule

Wetlands in Washington, Law Seminars International: Amanda Carr will be presenting a case law update, providing information about U.S. EPA water transfer rule litigation; Mingo Logan Coal Co. vs. EPA; and other significant developments at the federal and state levels. The conference will be held Monday, October 20 in Seattle.

Preparing for Climate Change

Preparing for Climate Change – New Regulations and New Litigation, The Seminar Group: Amanda Carr will be a panel member and speaker for the topic, Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Impact Assessments – Incorporating Climate Change and CO2e into Required Documents. The seminar will be held November 12, 2014 in Seattle, WA.

Plauché & Carr selected as 2015 Best Lawyers

Amanda Carr has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 Best Lawyers of America in the practice area of environmental law.

Billy Plauché has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 Best Lawyers of America in the practice area of natural resources and environmental law.

Billy Plauché elected as Chair of Executive Committee

Partner Billy Plauché was elected to chair the Executive Committee of the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council, effective August 6. The Trustee Council is made up of the nine natural resource trustees that share trusteeship over natural resources injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including NOAA, USEPA, and the States of Louisiana and Florida, among others. The Trustees are charged with ensuring that all natural resources impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill are fully restored to the condition they would have been in had the spill not occurred.

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