Karen M. McGaffey - Perkins Coie LLP

Karen M. McGaffey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 206-359-6368

Karen McGaffey's practice involves the full range of environmental issues. She assists clients with project development, permitting, compliance and regulatory matters under state and federal environmental and land use laws, including the National and State Environmental Policy Acts (NEPA/SEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). She represents clients in environmental litigation, including CERCLA and MTCA cost recovery actions, natural resource damage claims, government enforcement actions, citizen suits and lawsuits challenging permits and regulatory developments. She also assists with due diligence investigations and other environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions.

Karen's practice emphasizes energy project development and facility siting. She assists clients in the development of all types of energy facilities, including natural gas-fired power plants, wood-fired cogeneration facilities, wind power projects, solar energy projects, electric transmission lines, and pipelines carrying oil, petroleum products, natural gas and hydrogen. She advises clients on greenhouse gas mitigation requirements and opportunities. She also assists clients with legislative and regulatory matters concerning energy facility siting, climate change, renewable energy credits and renewable energy portfolio standards.

Karen serves on the Firmwide Management Committee and Executive Committee.

Dartmouth CollegeAB Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.
American Bar Association Natural Resources

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Client Comments

"Karen McGaffey is efficient, with tremendous legal and industry knowledge, and excellent legal option identification."

-Brett Oakleaf
Founding Partner
Proximity Energy Storage, LLC

"It was a pleasure to work with Karen. She has a pleasant demeanor that serves her practice well. She is able to be firm and compelling without compromising the delicate relationships that permeate the environmental law landscape in Washington State. I would be pleased to work with her again and would recommend her without reservation to my peers."

Office Location

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Seattle Metro Area
Karen M. McGaffey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Environmental Law
Litigation - Environmental