GREGORY S. McELROY

gmcelroy@mcelroylaw.com

  • "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated" by Martindale-Hubbell

  • "SUPERB" rating by Avvo.com

  • 2010 "Top Lawyers," Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

  • 2013 "Seattle's Top Rated Lawyers," ALM Legal Leaders

Greg McElroy represents industrial, government, agricultural, utility, and natural resource clients throughout Washington.

Since 1985 his practice has included general litigation, business disputes, land-use permitting, land transactions, the siting of controversial facilities, hazardous waste cleanup and defense, the defense of clean water act citizen suits filed against the cattle and dairy industries, regulatory and permit matters for industrial facilities, land-use permits, and energy projects, including geothermal, wind energy, and oil and gas leasing.

Before attending law school, McElroy held senior level staff and management positions in local and regional government. He served as executive director of a regional planning and environmental regulation agency responsible for state and federal programs including air and water quality regulation, transportation, land-use planning, shoreline regulation, and implementation of the State Environmental Policy Act. In private industry, McElroy supervised a regulatory affairs group for a federal contractor and was a key contributor on complex environmental, licensing and safety matters.

Professional Activities

  • Washington State Bar (Environmental & Land Use Law Section)

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

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

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • American Bar Association (Section of Environment, Energy & Resources)

Representative Publications & Presentations

  • "Earth, Air, Fire & Water:  Making Your Property Rights Pay without Selling the Farm," Washington Cattlemen's Association (2008).

  • Legal Procedures and Practical Considerations,” Water Rights Symposium, Washington Cattlemen’s Association(1998)

  • “Recent Developments in Water Rights and Litigation,” Fundamentals of Water Law in Washington, National Business Institute Law Review Series (1997)

  • Keynote speaker, “Water Rights for Viniculture: Four Challenges, Seven Solutions,” Washington Wine Institute annual meeting (1997)

  • “Environmental Law for Owners, Operators & Contractors,” NW Envirocon National Environmental Seminar Series (Seattle, Portland, Chicago and Houston, 1993-94)

Education

  • University of Minnesota School of Law (J.D., 1985)

  • Central Washington University (B.A., 1976, Danforth Foundation Fellowship, National Finalist)

 

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