Lori Terry Gregory
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Lori Terry Gregory

Lori leads the firms’ Environmental practice and for 25 years has delivered winning litigation and negotiation strategies to her clients. She is recognized as one of the nation’s top environmental lawyers and has defended clients against over 80 citizen-suit or agency enforcement actions. Her experience includes defending her clients in cases involving some of the most complex water quality issues in the country. Lori has extensive experience with the Clean Water Act, RCRA, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, EPCRA, and the Endangered Species Act.

She is consistently recognized by her clients and peers, including Chambers USA, where she is described as “one of the best Clean Water Act lawyers in the state,” as well as “very diligent and knowledgeable.” Additionally, Lori is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in three separate categories: Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, with one client commenting, “her knowledge of Environmental Law is exemplary. Not only does she know the laws, but she is an excellent strategist. She communicates with her non-lawyer clients very effectively.”

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Activities

Water Environment Federation

Northwest Environmental Business Council

National Association of Clean Water Agencies

American Bar Association

  • Environmental and Litigation Sections

Washington State Bar Association

  • Environmental, Land Use and Litigation Sections

Washington Women Lawyers, Member

Association of Washington Business Water Quality Committee, Member

Corporate Council for the Arts, Associate Alumni

Publications

Stormwater Regulations Impair Vested Rights

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, January 2017

EPA Releases New Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Framework

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2012

Legislature Amends Important Environmental and Natural Resource Laws

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, April 2012

Unanimous Supreme Court Rules that Clean Water Act Administrative Compliance Orders Issued by EPA are Entitled to Judicial Review

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, March 2012

Property Owners Can Challenge an Agency’s Decision to List Waterbodies as “Impaired” if the Listing Diminishes the Property Owner’s Property Value

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, February 2011

Ecology Finalizes Revised Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, December 2010

Stormwater Runoff from Logging Roads Requires Discharge Permit

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, August 2010

Washington State Department of Ecology Issues Municipal Stormwater General Permits

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, January 2007

2005 Construction Stormwater General Permit: Key Issues and Requirements

Author, Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section, May 2006

Collaborative Water Quality Solutions: Exploring Use Attainability Analyses

Co-author, NACWA, 2006

Supreme court issues divided opinion on Federal Wetlands regulation

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2006

Washington State Department of Ecology Issues New Wetland Guidance

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, March 2006

Construction Site Operators Beware: Construction Stormwater General Permit Imposes New Requirements for Construction Projects in the State of Washington

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, January 2006

Can the Northwest be energy independent again?

Co-author, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, November 2005

FP Lawyers Score Clean Water Act Victory for Municipal Stormwater Dischargers

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, October 2005

U.S. Supreme Court to Examine Extent of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Over Wetlands and Waters

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, October 2005

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Regulation of Dams and Water Transfers Under the Clean Water Act

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, October 2005

Endangered Species Act: Uncertainty Surrounds The Federal Columbia River Power System

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2005

Department of Ecology Adopts New State Water Quality Standards

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2003

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Important Clean Water Act Case

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2003

Water Quality, Stormwater, and Rights Update

Land Use & Environmental Newsletter, February 2003

Clean Water Act

Author, chapter of the Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook

Clean Water Act Citizens Suits: Key Elements and Defenses

Author, Journal of Environmental Law, July/August 1996

Water Quality

Author, chapter of the Government Institute Environmental Law Handbook

SEPA, A Proposed Standard for Judicial Review of Agency Decisions Not to Require Preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

Author, 15 U.P.S.L. Rev. 957, Spring 1992

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Presentations

Model Toxics Control Act

Speaker, 60th Annual WSAMA Spring Conference, April 2017

Meet the Farm-Friendly Environmental Litigators

Speaker, 2017 Western Dairy Management Conference, March 2017

Municipal Stormwater: Key Policy Issues and Implementation Challenges Associated with the Municipal Stormwater Permits

Program Co-Chair and Moderator, 15th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater, Law Seminars International, April 2015 

Key Evolving Stormwater Issues in the Pacific Northwest - Assessment and Remediation of Aquatic Environments in the Pacific Northwest: 1990s to Present

Speaker, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 35th Annual Meeting, November 2014

14th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater

Law Seminars International, May 2014

  • Program Co-Chair and Presenter
    • Putting the Pieces of a Puzzle Together: How to Develop a Coherent Strategy to Identify and Successfully Resolve Complex Water Quality and Water Resource Issues
    • The Creative Use of Litigation to Achieve Policy Objectives and Use of the Clean Water Act (CWA) to Pursue other Environmental Issues
    • Update on Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Citizen-Suits in Yakima over Alleged Groundwater Contamination

Citizen Suit Actions: An Effective Enforcement Mechanism or An Overly Expansive Litigation Tool?

Speaker, WSBA 2014 Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Meeting and Conference, May 2014

Clean Water and Stormwater Conference

Law Seminars International, May 2013

  • Program Co-Chair and Presenter
    • The Broadening Universe for Water Quality Issues
    • Practice Tips for More Effectively Resolving Water Quality Issues
    • Adapting to New Developments Arising Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

13th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater

Conference Co-Chair and Speaker, May 2013

  • The Broadening Universe for Water Quality Issues
  • Adapting to New Developments Arising Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Avoiding and Defending Clean Water Act Citizen-Suits

Speaker, 4th Annual Port of Tacoma Environmental Workshop, November 2012

Municipal Stormwater Permits: Legal Updates and Policy Perspectives

Speaker, Clean Water and Stormwater CLE, April 2012

Municipal Stormwater - Key Issues, Tips and Traps

Co-Presenter, December 2011

Stormy Weather: Stormwater Update, including Liability for Stormwater Runoff Pollution

Speaker, Latest Developments in Washington Municipal Utility Law, October 2011

Stormwater and Potential Liability for Pollution

Speaker, WSAMA 2011 Fall Conference, October 2011

When Your Right to Remain Silent May Come with Unintended Consequences

Speaker, PRIMA 2011 Annual Conference - Blazing the Trails of Risk, June 2011

Enforcement Tips & Traps

Speaker, Land Use/Environmental Group Seminar, May 2011

The Reality of Third Party Lawsuits

Speaker, Managing Stormwater in the Northwest 2011: The Business of Stormwater Regulation and Compliance, March 2011

Enforcement: What Every Clean Water Agency Should Know

Speaker, Developments in Clean Water Law: A Seminar for Public Agency Attorneys and Managers, November 2010

NPDES Citizen Suits and Permit Renewal Process

Speaker, 2010 Fall WSAMA Conference, October 2010

Feasibility of Low Impact Development: Litigation and Implementation Update

Speaker, 11th Annual Conference on Land Use in Washington: Key regulatory, legislative and legal developments, April 2010

Clean Water/Stormwater

Speaker, WSBA - Land Use and Environmental Due Diligence When Acquiring Property, March 2010

Avoiding & Responding to Third-Party Lawsuits

Speaker, Northwest Environmental Business Council - Managing Stormwater in Washington, March 2010

PUD Perspectives on TMDL Developments

Speaker, Washington Public Utility District Association, December 2009

New Requirements and Compliance Strategies

Moderator, Law Seminar International Washington's New Industrial Stormwater General Permit, December 2009

Natural Resources Issues: Stormwater Update and FEMA Biological Opinion

Speaker, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Spring Conference, April 2009

Puget Soundkeepers Alliance Decision and Implications for Low Impact Development

Speaker, Tenth Annual Conference on Land Use in Washington: New Regulatory, Legislative and Legal Developments, April 2009

Municipal Stormwater Permits: Status of 2007 Permit Appeals

Speaker, Law Seminar International Clean Water and Stormwater Conference, April 2009

Policy Development for Puget Sound as a Driver for What's Likely to Happen In Washington

Co-chair, TMDLs in the Pacific Northwest, August 2008

Municipal Stormwater Permits

Speaker, Clean Water & Stormwater Conference, June 2008

Municipal Stormwater: Why You Should Care

Speaker, Washington State Association of Counties 101st Annual Conference, November 2007

Environmental Hotspots in Real Property Development

Speaker, Builders and Developers Seminar, October 2007

Washington Public Utility Districts Water Workshop

Speaker, September 2007

Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

Co-Chair, Law Seminars International, August 2007

TMDLs in the Pacific Northwest

Co-Chair, Law Seminars International, July 2007

Clean Water Act Agency and Citizen Suit Enforcement in the State of Washington

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association Construction Law Section, June 2007

Use Attainability Analysis Workshop

Moderator, Water Environment Federation TMDL Conference, June 2007

Stormwater Phase Permits and Other Issues

Speaker, Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys Spring Conference 2007, April 2007

Stormwater Update for Developers and Municipalities

Speaker, Hot Issues in Real Estate and Land Use Development, March 2007

A Comprehensive Look at Agency Administrative Enforcement

Speaker, Law Seminars International Clean Water and Stormwater Conference, March 2007

How to Minimize Costs and Project Delays Caused by Environmental Contamination

Speaker, Foster Pepper, October 2006

Use Attainability Analysis

Speaker, National Association of Clean Water Agencies Webinar, July 2006

Hot Issues in Stormwater: What Every Business Needs to Know

Speaker, Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Academy of Hazardous Materials Managers, June 2006

Hot Issues in Stormwater: What Every Municipality Needs to Know

Speaker, April 2006

Municipal Stormwater Permits

Speaker, Law Seminars International, March 2006

Washington Clean Water and Stormwater Conference

Moderator and speaker, Total Maximum Daily Loads and Use Attainability Analysis, Law Seminars International, March 2006

Late Breaking Legal Issues Associated with Use Attainability Analysis

Speaker, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, January 2006

Use Attainability Analyses in the Real World

Moderator, National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2005 Law Seminar, November 2005

Recent Developments Under the Clean Water Act

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Mid Year Meeting, May 2005

Permitting Strategies

Speaker, The Seminar Group, March 2005

Navigating the Maze: A Checklist Approach to Land Use and Environmental Law

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, October 2004

Water Quality Requirements and Stormwater Management

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association CLE Seminar, Navigating the Maze: A Checklist Approach to Land Use and Environmental Law, October 2004

Avoiding and Defending Clean Water Act Citizen Suits

Speaker, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Conference, Spring 2004

Clean Water Act Citizen Suits

Speaker, Puget Sound Chapter of Air & Waste Management Association, May 2003

Annual Real Estate and Land Use Update

Speaker, Foster Pepper, May 2003

Clean Water Act Stormwater Issues

Speaker, Law Seminars International, April 2003

Advanced Water Quality Permitting

Co-Chair and Speaker, Law Seminars International, December 2002

Water Quality Requirements & Stormwater Management

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, October 2002

Clean Water, Storm Water

Chair, Law Seminars International, February 2001

Environmental Lawsuits

Chair, Northwest Dairy Association, May 2000

Washington Clean Water: Water Quality Challenges and Potential Solutions

Co-Chair and Speaker, December 1998

Clean Water Act Citizen Suits

Speaker, Washington State Farm Bureau, November 1998

Environmental Citizen Suits, Issues and Challenges

Speaker, Puget Sound Chapter of Pacific Northwest International Section of the Air & Waste Management Association, September 1998

Handling Citizen Suits, The TMDL Process, and TMDL Litigation Update: The Discharge’s Perspective

Speaker, Association of Washington Business, June 1998

Washington Clean Water: The TMDL Process, Stormwater, and other Trends in Protecting Water Quality

Co-Chair and Speaker, Law Seminars International, December 1997

Water Quality

Panel moderator and Speaker, the Association of Washington Business’ Environmental Law Seminar and Excellence Awards, June 1997

Overview of Citizen Suits in the Environmental Arena

Co-Chair and Speaker, Law Seminars International, April 1997

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“[Lori's] knowledge of Environmental Law is exemplary. Not only does she know the laws, but she is an excellent strategist. She communicates with her non-lawyer clients very effectively." - Best Lawyers in America

Litigation & Dispute ResolutionBusinessEnvironmental & Natural Resources (Chair)Environmental Litigation (Chair)InfrastructureLand Use, Planning & ZoningRetail & Consumer ProductsTransportationWater Quality (Chair)

Contact

Tel: 206.447.8902Fax: 206.749.2002

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America©

  • Environmental Law, 2009-2019
  • Litigation - Environmental, 2012-2019
  • Natural Resources Law, 2016-2019

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Environment, 2014-2018

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine

  • Environmental Law, 2013

2011 BTI Client Service All-Star for Environmental Law

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2006-2007

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Recipient of Five American Jurisprudence Awards

Education

J.D., University of Puget Sound School of Law (magna cum laude), 1992

B.G.S., Gonzaga University, 1988

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1992

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2003-Present

Preston Gates Ellis LLP

  • Partner, 1999-2003
  • Associate, 1992-1998

Quoted

Corporate Counsel Applaud Enviro Standouts

Law360, February 2011

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