Cherise M. Gaffney

Cherise M. Gaffney

Stoel Rives LLP

Recognized since 2013

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Energy Regulatory Law

Environmental Law

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Cherise Gaffney is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group. She advises clients on federal natural resources law in complex permitting and compliance matters. Cherise has extensive experience on issues arising under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Federal Power Act (FPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), and Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Representative clients include developers and owners of hydropower dams, liquid natural gas (LNG) facilities, oil and gas terminals and refineries, and wave and tidal energy projects. She formerly worked in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of General Counsel representing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on endangered salmon, hydropower dam and forestry issues in California.

Contact & Links


  • 600 University Street, Suite 3600
    Seattle, WA 98101


  • University of Washington, LL.M., Law & Marine Affairs, graduated 1998
  • American University, J.D., graduated 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, Washington State bar Association
  • Alaska, Alaska Bar Association


  • National Hydropower Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Stoel Rives LLP
Headquarters: Portland, Oregon

127 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

53 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Energy Regulatory Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Energy Regulatory Law, Seattle (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law


  • Recipient, “Women with Hydro Vision” Award, HydroVision International Conference, 2015
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (Environment), 2014-2015

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