Joanne C. Kalas

Joanne C. Kalas

Joanne is an environmental attorney counseling clients on environmental litigation, transactions and regulatory compliance. She has experience handling complex environmental litigation and addressing issues related to site remediation, environmental cost recovery, contaminated property transactions and compliance involving federal, state and municipal environmental laws and regulations, including CERCLA (the “Superfund” law), Model Toxics Control Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA and TSCA. Joanne regularly counsels public and private entities on a variety environmental issues and has experience handling citizen suits involving alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes. Prior to moving to Seattle, Joanne practiced environmental law in New Jersey and New York.


Washington State Bar Association, Member

King County Bar Association, Member

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2009-Present

  • International Human Rights Committee
  • Climate Change Taskforce
  • International Environmental Law Committee

The Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington, Board Member

Neighborhood House, Board of Trustees, 2019-Present


Clean Water Rule: Increasingly Troubled Waters

Author, Washington State Bar Association, Environmental & Land Use Law, Volume 41, Number 3, November 2015

Clean Water Rule: The Ebb and Flow of ‘Waters of the US'

Author, Washington State Bar Association, Environmental & Land Use Law, Volume 41, Number 2, August 2015 


Southeast Asian Refugees & the American Dream

Speaker, Cascade Conference 2019, MRW Alliance, May 2019

Environmental Concerns Related to Development

Speaker, AWHA Luncheon, Association of Washington Housing Authorities, May 2019

Contaminated School District Property Issues: Pitfalls During Property Acquisition, Leasing, and New School Construction

Speaker, 75th Annual WASBO Conference,Washington Association of School Business Officials, May 2019

Ownership and Cleanup of Contaminated School District Property and Neighboring Properties

Speaker, WASBO Risk Management Networking Meeting, Washington Association of School Business Officials, October 2018

Ownership and Cleanup of Contaminated PUD Property and Neighboring Properties

Speaker, 2018 WPUDA Water Workshop, Washington Public Utility Districts Association, September 2018

Ownership and Cleanup of contaminated School District Property and Neighboring Properties

Co-Speaker, 2018 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, Association of Washington School Principals, June 2018

Environmental Update: Contamination Issues Relevant to Property & Corporate Transactions in Washington

Speaker, EKCBA Business Section Lunch CLE Meeting, East King County Bar Association, April 2018

Environmental Update: Contamination Issues Relevant to Property Development in Washington

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2017 Real Estate/Land Use Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, November 2017

Clearing the Air: Liability for Air Emissions at contaminated Sites

Speaker, Port-Related Environmental Seminar, Air & Waste Management Association, October 2017

MTCA Panel: Legislative & Policy Issues and Updates

Speaker, Cleaning Up Water, Air and Dirt: Litigation & Policy Updates, King County Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Section, June 2017

Liability for Environmental Consultants and Cleanup Contractors under CERCLA and the New Jersey Spill Act

Speaker, Environmental Audits & Site Assessments, Rutgers University, March 2011

Real EstateEnvironmental & Natural ResourcesEnvironmental LitigationLitigation & Dispute Resolution


Tel: 206.447.8982Fax: 206.749.2189


J.D., Pace University School of Law (cum laude), 2010

  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • 1L Appellate Oral Argument Competition, Second Place

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (with honors) 

  • University of North Carolina Honors Thesis Research Grant Recipient
  • Duke University Japanese Language Speech Contest, Second Place

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2013

New Jersey, 2010

New York, 2012 

U.S. District Court

  • District Court of New Jersey


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 2019-Present
  • Associate, 2017-2019

Stoel Rives LLP, Associate, 2015-2017

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, Associate, 2014-2015

Howard Davis PC, Associate, 2010-2014

United Nations Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Legal Advisor, 2009-2010

United Nations, Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia-ECCC, Legal Intern, 2008

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