About Veronica

Veronica Keithley advises clients on environmental permitting, compliance, and in defending against enforcement, with a results-oriented approach. Veronica focuses on issues related to the Clean Water Act, including NPDES permitting, water quality, and wastewater management and compliance in Washington and Alaska for industrial operations, transportation facilities, and resource development projects. Veronica also advises oil and gas and mining clients in Alaska on natural resource and development issues. She has defended clients in federal litigation and enforcement matters.

Veronica uses her practical experience to guide legal solutions, recognizing that permitting is a piece of the larger project puzzle. For more than a decade before becoming an attorney, Veronica worked in the trenches as a scientist and on-site project manager on oil and gas, mining, land development, and timber projects. Through her own consulting experience, and generations of her family, in resource development, Veronica understands that legal solutions must work within a project for it to succeed.

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  • Defended a landfill in a federal citizen suit under the Clean Water Act.
  • Defended a public port in a federal citizen suit under the Clean Water Act.
  • Defended a shellfish hatchery in a federal citizen suit under the Clean Water Act.
  • Represented a company seeking to obtain federal, state, and local permits to develop a coal export terminal and in related litigation.
  • Advised industrial facilities on federal and state wastewater permitting and compliance.
  • Conducted due diligence analysis of ninety-year-old unpatented federal mining claims.
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Honors & Activities


  • Association of Washington Businesses, Water Quality Committee
  • American Bar Association, Vice Chair of Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Alaska Association of Professional Landmen
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Case Law Update,Mighty Columbia, The Seminar Group, 2021
  • Future of EPA’s Rule on State Water Quality Certification of Federal Permits,” POWER magazine, 2021
  • “Legal and Policy Roundup,” 2021 Hydro Camp Annual Conference, webcast, NWHA, 2021
  • The Impact of Third-Party Lawsuits” (Featured Plenary Session), Managing Stormwater in Washington, Northwest Environmental Business Council, 2020
  • “Permitting Basics – Overview of Legal Requirements,” Permitting Strategies in the Northwest, The Seminar Group, 2019
  • “Mining and Mineral Extraction” (editor and author), Chapter 18, The Year in Review, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2019
  • “The Mighty Columbia – Case Law Update,” Mighty Columbia Seminar, Portland, Oregon, 2018

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