About Krista

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 served as the practice group leader for the firm’s environment, natural resources, and land use practices from 2011 to 2020. 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.


“According to a source, Krista McIntyre ‘is highly personable and a very, very good lawyer.’ Other interviewees add: ‘She is very responsive to our needs and very easy to work with. She always tries to find ways to provide extra benefit to her clients.’ She is best known for her expertise in permitting and regulatory matters relating to the CAA, as well as for her prior experience working at EPA and the DOJ.”
 - Chambers 2019                   


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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, Food, Beverage and Timber 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).


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Represented pulp producing and tissue converting mills for almost three decades on variety of environmental matters, including transaction due diligence.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers, 2018–present; co-chair, Outreach Committee, 2019–present
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Environmental Law), 2000, 2005–2022
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (currently: Natural Resources & Environment), 2005–2021
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Environmental), 2007–2021
  • Named by Mountain States Super Lawyers® as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2020–2021
  • Co-founder and past chairperson of the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the Idaho State Bar, 1993–1995
  • Recipient, EPA Gold Medal, 1994

Civic Activities

  • 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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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • 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, Jan. 2019
  • Speaker, “Executive Leadership” Session, Women in Agribusiness Conference, Sept. 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, Jan. 2018
  • Back to Basics – EPA Enforcement,” ABA Air Quality Newsletter, Nov. 2017

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