Cascadia Law Group

Environmental Attorneys in Seattle and Olympia


Jay Manning appointed Trustee of Eastern Washington University

March 11, 2016

We are happy to announce Jay Manning’s appointment to the Board of Trustees at Eastern Washington University. Gov. Inslee made the appointment effective November 20, 2015. The Board of Trustees is the highest policymaking body for the University, working closely with the University President, the administration, the faculty, and students on fiscal, policy and management issues.

Jay Manning Debrief from Paris: COP-21 UN Climate Talks

December 14, 2015

I was privileged to attend the COP-21 meeting in Paris, where 196 countries from around the world worked to negotiate a new agreement to reduce international emissions of greenhouse gases and limit global warming. I was there supporting the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), whose members are the states of Washington, Oregon, and California, and the Province of British Columbia. The four jurisdictions have been working together on climate and energy issues for several years.

Jeffrey D. Goltz joins Cascadia Law Group

July 1, 2015

Cascadia is delighted to announce Jeff Goltz has returned to the practice of law, becoming Of Counsel in our Olympia office, after serving six years on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Jeff will focus his practice on energy, telecommunications, and state and regional regulatory matters.
Governor Chris Gregoire appointed Jeff to the UTC in 2009, where he served as chairman until 2013.

Chambers USA: Cascadia Law Group on Top Again

May 19, 2015

Chambers USA continues to recognize Cascadia Law Group as a Band 1 (top tier) environmental law firm in the state of Washington. In its newly released 2015 rankings Chambers also recognizes three of the firm’s partners as notable practitioners:


  • "Firm founder Rodney Brown has a superb reputation across the market. His extensive experience includes natural resource matters, transportation projects, and energy. Peers describe him as ‘the premier in town.’
  • Joshua Lipsky specializes in waste management, cleanup, and water quality matters. His broad client base includes industrial clients and other real estate owners.
  • Peers recognize Tisha Pagalilauan for the quality of her work, describing her as ‘a phenomenal lawyer.’ She has substantial experience concerning CERCLA and the remediation of contaminated sites, as well as CWA and water quality issues."


And Rod Brown continues to be Chambers USA's only Star Individual among West Coast environmental practitioners. The full Chambers rankings can be viewed at

Rod Brown among 500 Leading Lawyers in America

April 22, 2015
Rodney L. Brown, Jr. has been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Over the last decade, Lawdragon's researchers have been selecting attorneys from across the country in over seventy practice areas, from U.S. Supreme Court justices to Fortune 100 general counsel. During this time, fewer than fifty environmental lawyers have been named to the 500. We are delighted to see Rod added to this very select list. Congratulations!

Rodney L. Brown, Jr. and Tisha Pagalilauan Elected Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

May 28, 2014
Cascadia Law Group partners Rod Brown and Tisha Pagalilauan have been elected Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization founded by the American Bar Association in 1952. The Fellows is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated the highest principles of the legal profession.

Membership in The Fellows is highly selective, and is limited to the top one-third of 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Rod and Tisha were nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction, and were elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Congratulations, Rod and Tisha.

Governor appoints Rod Brown Co­-Chair of Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce

April 29, 2014
Governor Jay Inslee has asked Cascadia's Rod Brown to help lead his effort to design and implement a market-based carbon pollution reduction program in Washington State. As Co-Chair with Vulcan's Ada Healey, over the coming year Rod will help guide the Taskforce -- whose members include King County Executive Dow Constantine and EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran -- as they work to determine the best approach to putting a price on carbon emissions.

Introduced by the Governor at his press event announcing the Taskforce, Rod said, "I volunteered for this job not because I thought it was challenging, but because I think we can actually do this, and do it relatively quickly, and without too much trouble ... I see that there are solutions that we can use in Washington, but that eventually will spread to other parts of the country and the rest of the world." 

Video of Press Event:
Governor Inslee Climate Change Announcement
, Apr. 29, 2014

Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action, Apr. 29, 2014

Seattle Times:
Inslee Orders a Move Toward Limits on Carbon Emissions
, Apr. 29, 2014

Meet the Governor's new climate change attack plan
, Apr. 30, 2014