Our 26th Annual Endangered Species Act conference is a two-day seminar in which ESA practitioners, agency officials, and scientists provide the latest and most important information you’ll need for ESA compliance. This conference will help attorneys, businesses, conservation organizations, and government staff to understand the complexities of the law. In addition to providing updates on federal litigation, legislative and regulatory changes, updates to the Section 7 consultation process and Section 4 listings, and ethical and litigation considerations; this year, ESA practitioners will discuss implementation of the “Culverts case”, ESA advocacy in the context of the Dusky Gopher Frog litigation, and reintroductions of listed species on the west coast, including wolves, grizzlies, fishers, and Pacific salmon. It will also provide practical insights and an opportunity to network with experts and colleagues.
Join our Program Co-Chairs, James M. Lynch, of K&L Gates LLP, and Martha F. Wehling, of the Forest and Environmental Policy Counsel for the Washington Forest Protection Association, along with the outstanding faculty they have assembled.
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James M. Lynch, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with K&L Gates, where his practice focuses on regulatory compliance and environmental law with an emphasis on federal and state environmental laws and policies.
Martha F. Wehling, Program Co-Chair, is Forest and Environmental Policy Counsel for the Washington Forest Protection Association. She previously worked in the Natural Resources Division of the AG's office.
Hannah Anderson is the Listing and Recovery Section Manager for the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Christopher J. Carr is a partner in the San Francisco office of Baker Botts LLP. He represents businesses, land developers, private individuals, public agencies, and nonprofits in all areas of environmental and natural resource law.
Lawson Fite is the general counsel of the American Forest Resource Council. He directs AFRC’s legal program, helping member companies obtain their goal of consistent and sustainable timber harvest from public forests throughout the West.
Wyatt F. Golding is an attorney at Ziontz Chestnut. He represents clients in matters including development of renewable energy, permitting & regulatory compliance, oil & gas cleanup, land use and SEPA commenting/appeals, and ESA enforcement.
Patti Goldman is the Managing Attorney of the Northwest Office of Earthjustice. She has extensive experience in the Endangered Species Act and has litigated cases to protect orcas, salmon, and Northwest forests.
Noah Greenwald is the Endangered Species Director at Center for Biological Diversity. He directs the Center’s efforts to protect new species under the Endangered Species Act. He also works to educate the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity.
Zachary Hiatt is VP and Assistant General Counsel at Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest owners of timberlands. Weyerhaeuser manages its land on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards.
John J. Hollowed Sr. is a legal & policy advisor with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC). He has been with the Commission for the past 25 years. He coordinates tribal policy, legal and technical staff.
Christopher H. Howard is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. He practices before federal and state courts and handles all forms of ADR. He is a frequent speaker on ethics and risk management topics for professionals.
Matthew A. Love is a partner at Van Ness Feldman LLP. His practice focuses on energy and natural resource law with respect to permitting and operation of hydropower, tidal, geothermal, wind projects and other energy projects. He represents utilities, energy developers, Indian Tribes and other governmental entities. He previously served as a trial attorney for the U.S. DOJ.
Christopher S. McNulty is an environmental and natural resources lawyer. He provides advice on requirements of the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Stephen J. Odell is an environmental and natural resources lawyer. He has worked in government positions and has practiced environmental and natural resources law in the private sector as well.
Steven P. Quarles is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Nossaman LLP. His practice focuses on the Endangered Species Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other federal wildlife laws.
Jason C. Rylander is senior counsel for Defenders of Wildlife, where he litigates endangered species and habitat protection cases in federal court and represents Defenders in coalitions, advisory committees, and on Capitol Hill.
Galen G. Schuler is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs for Green Diamond Resource Company, a privately held forest products company that owns and manages over 1.3 million acres of working forest lands.
Stephanie Solien was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve as co-chair of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force, a two-year, statewide effort to recover the endangered Southern Resident Orca Whales, the Chinook Salmon and the Salish Sea that they depend on.
Jane Steadman is an attorney at Kanji & Katzen PLLC. She represents tribal governments in matters involving reserved fishing rights, natural resources, and taxation. She has assisted tribes in litigation and administrative processes.
Ryan P. Steen is a partner in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group of Stoel Rives LLP. He focuses on environmental, natural resources, fisheries, and wildlife law, and represents clients in both litigation and regulatory matters.
Paula Swedeen, PhD, is Conservation Northwest’s Policy Director. She represents the organization on wildlife and wildlands policy issues at the state capitol and beyond, including wolf conservation, forest policy, and more.
Stephen Tan is a partner with Cascadia Law Group PLLC. He represents local businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit groups in environmental litigation and in disputes over insurance coverage for environmental liabilities.