Kate Moore’s practice focuses on natural resource and environmental law. She is an active participant on our firm’s Environmental Team and Agricultural and Natural Resource Team, and leads Dunn Carney’s Sustainability Team.
Kate’s natural resource practice is primarily focused in water law, in both transactional matters and litigation. She advises clients on water rights permitting and transfers, water rights transactions, wetlands, and water quality. In addition, Kate’s natural resource practice covers matters related to NEPA, public land permits and licenses, and the Endangered Species Act.
Kate also advises clients on a variety of environmental matters. Her work in this area covers environmental compliance, identifying and addressing environmental liabilities in property transactions, and Superfund and other environmental cleanup and cost recovery actions, including environmental insurance defense work. In 2014, Oregon Super Lawyers named Kate at Rising Star in Environmental Law.
Kate has represented a broad range of clients including commercial and industrial land owners, farmers, ranchers, ditch companies, and homeowners associations. She is also a regular contributor to Dunn Carney’s Natural Resources Updates.
Prior to joining Dunn Carney, Kate worked as an attorney with the Law Office of Peter Mohr, focusing primarily on water resource matters, and for former U.S. Senator Donald W. Stewart representing a group of plaintiffs in a toxic tort case. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, interning in the summers with Mentor Law Group and the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program.
Before law school Kate worked for a land trust in Colorado’s Eagle River Valley, helping landowners and public land agencies create conservation easements and facilitate land trades to preserve lands for agriculture, wildlife and scenic beauty. Kate received her B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on conservation biology.
In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and taking photographs, hiking, and skiing in Oregon’s many beautiful areas.
- Oregon, 2004
- Washington, 2013
- U.S. District Court District of Oregon
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 2004
- Environmental and Natural Resources Scholarship recipient 2001-2004
- Recipient, Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate
- Cornelius Honor Society Inductee; selected by faculty for superior leadership, scholarship, and contribution to the Law School community
- Pro Bono Honors Program 2002, 2003
- Middlebury College, B.A., Environmental Studies, 1999
- School for International Training, Ecuador Comparative Ecology, College Semester Abroad, Spring 1998
Publications and Presentations
- Future of the West: Less Snow, More Drought,? Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, March 2014
- Water Resources in Oregon: Latest Developments, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, January 2014
- Q&A: First Steps in Dealing with Contaminated Property, Nov. 2013
- U.S. Plans to Recommend Changes to Columbia River Treaty: Comments due Friday, October 25, on Draft Regional Recommendation, Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, October 2013
- Development of Oregon Water Laws: Making Sense of It All, Oregon Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, Aug. 2013
- Supreme Court Clears the Waters on Stormwater Discharge from Logging Roads, Dunn Carney Natural Resources Updates, March 2013
- “Peak and Ecological Flows: What’s in Store for Water Storage Projects in Oregon,” Beef Producer magazine, March 2011
- Harvesting Nontraditional Farm Income Panel, Moderator, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, Jan. 2011
- Development of Oregon Water Laws: Making Sense of It All, Oregon Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, Dec. 2010
- Legal Ethics in Agricultural – Agribusiness Accountability Panel at University of Oregon’s Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and the Bowerman Center for Environmental Law’s 2010 JELL Symposium, “Cultivating Our Future: New Landscapes in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy,” Oct. 2010
- Oregon State Bar, Executive Committee member of Environmental and Natural Resources Section and Member of the Agricultural Law Section and Sustainable Futures Sections
- Multnomah Bar Association
- Meritas Energy and Natural Resource Section