Overview

As a leader and a lawyer, Krista McIntyre routinely asks, “how can I help?” Krista actively listens to clients and colleagues to identify others’ motivations and goals, then summons the right resources to achieve the desired outcome. Krista is considered among the region’s leading environmental lawyers because she is responsive to clients, knows how government agencies work, and she gets results. Using her strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, Krista builds constructive working relationships with client and agency representatives at all levels of an organization to facilitate communication and complete projects.

Krista is a leader in Stoel Rives’ Environmental Justice (EJ) work, positioning clients to navigate emerging requirements and implement EJ principles for healthy businesses and healthy communities. Recently, she has been exploring Environmental, Social, and Governance practices and initiating conversations with clients on the intersection of ESG with the refreshed government EJ priorities.

Krista previously served as the leader of the firm’s Environment, Natural Resources & Land Use group. She is a past member of Stoel Rives’ Executive and Compensation Committees. Krista leads cross-office, cross-discipline client teams to ensure excellent and efficient execution of client work.

Education

University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1989

Vanderbilt University, B.A., Communication, 1986

Admissions

Idaho

District of Columbia 

Experience

Krista focuses her law practice on enforcement defense and permitting. She counsels clients in the development of corporate environmental management systems, participates in multimedia environmental compliance assessments, and provides customized training to engineers, operators, and management on permitting, compliance, and enforcement.

Krista is a member of Stoel Rives’ Agribusiness Industry Group, plus the firm’s Climate Change Initiative that supports clients working on natural climate solutions in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

Prior Work Experience

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement, Water Division, Washington, D.C. (1990–1992).
  • Special trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington, D.C. (1991–1992).
  • Special assistant regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I (spring 1991).

Agribusiness

  • Assisted frozen fruit and vegetable processors on enforcement defense of EPA Region 5 and EPA Region 9 actions for alleged RMP non-compliance.
  • Assisted sugar beet processor with variety of environmental matters, including response to agency evaluation of potential Regional Haze controls for three factories, authorization to construct anaerobic digester, and enforcement defense.
  • Assisted potato processor with reviews of EPCRA, RMP, PSM and air emissions control programs; advise on internal standards to assure compliance.
  • Led enforcement defense negotiations with EPA Regions 8, 9, 10 and DOJ in matters involving alleged noncompliance under NSR and NSPS at sulfuric acid plants.
  • Led team of lawyers who provide national environmental regulatory compliance counseling and enforcement defense to potato processing plants located in five states.
  • Assisted food processing clients in self-policing, self-disclosure, and prompt correction of deviations from environmental requirements, including reporting under the EPA’s audit policy.

Forestry

  • Assisted forest products companies with strategies for compliance and enforcement defense of EPA Region 10 actions for alleged violations of standards limiting hazardous air pollutants from pulp mills.
  • Led team of legal and production experts to obtain air quality permit for dry kiln installation at forest products mill located in Indian Country within Region 10.
  • Assisted pulp mill in defense of enforcement by Region 6 for alleged violations of CAA RMP and General Duty Clause violations.
  • Representation of pulp producing and tissue converting mills for almost three decades on variety of environmental matters, including transaction due diligence.

Insights

Insights & Presentations

  • “Employment Law in an ESG World: The Activision Blizzard Story” (co-author), Stoel Rives’ World of Employment blog, August 2023
  • Article, “The Intersection of Corporate Sustainability, Environmental Justice,” Hart Energy, August 2023
  • “Defining Environmental Justice” (co-author), Stoel Rives Environmental Law blog, June 2023
  • Speaker, “Environmental Justice: Healthy Businesses and Healthy Communities,” Northwest Environmental Business Council, Business & The Environment CONFERENCE · EXPO, December 2021
  • Article, “Charting the Course to Implement Environmental Justice Through Corporate Sustainability,” Corporate Counsel, October 2021
  • Article, “Uncharted Waters: Environmental Justice in Federal and State Regulation,” Corporate Counsel, August 2021
  • Article, “The Rising Tide of Environmental Justice and Preparing for the Next Wave,” Corporate Counsel, June 2021
  • Speaker, “Clearing the Air,” Idaho State Bar Update on Environmental and Water Law, January 2020
  • Article, “No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing,” ACOEL Blog, November 2019
  • Speaker, “Regulatory Update: Trump Administration,” Food + Beverage Environmental Conference, April 2019
  • Speaker, “Three Leadership Questions,” Idaho Lawyers Leadership Academy, April 2019
  • Speaker, “Gender in Leadership,” Boise State University, April 2019
  • Article, “Going All In,” Featured Legal Insights, Best Lawyers, January 2019
  • Speaker, “Executive Leadership” Session, Women in Agribusiness Conference, September 2018
  • Speaker, “Clean Air Act Compliance: New Winds Blowing at EPA,” Stoel Rives webinar, May 2018
  • Speaker, “What Do Leaders Need to Succeed?” Idaho Lawyers Leadership Academy, April 2018
  • Speaker, “Responding to EPA Information Request Letters: Mitigating Further Agency Scrutiny,” Strafford CLE Webinar, January 2018
  • “Back to Basics—EPA Enforcement,” ABA Air Quality Newsletter, November 2017

Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers, 2018–present; co-chair, Outreach Committee, 2019–present
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Boise, 2023
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law), 2001–present
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (Natural Resources & Environment), 2005–present
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Environmental), 2007–2023
  • Named by Mountain States Super Lawyers® as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2020–2023
  • Selected as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation
  • Recipient, EPA Gold Medal, 1994

Affiliations

Professional

  • Co-founder and past chairperson of the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the Idaho State Bar, 1993–1995

Civic

  • Past president, Executive Committee (2018–2020); Member, Board of Directors (2009–2020); Boise Public Schools Foundation
  • Board Member, Rock on Wheels, 2017–present
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