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EXPERIENCE
Kathleen Kapla assists renewable energy developers and other businesses with real estate and title matters, environmental, title, and permitting due diligence, as well as general commercial transactions. As the principal of Kapla Law PLLC, Ms. Kapla's practice focuses real estate, project development agreements, and transactions related to the development, acquisition, and sale of wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects. From 2004 until 2010, she was an associate at the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP where she was active in the firm's Renewable Energy, Solar, and Wind initiatives. In addition to Kapla Law PLLC, Ms. Kapla is of counsel with the California-based law firm of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, which focuses on distributed generation solar power regulation, policy, compliance, and project transactions. Ms. Kapla is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations, and is a cum laude graduate of the Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Law.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Speaker, "Understanding the Uncertainty of Wind Rights," Realtors Land Institute, 2012 National Land Conference, Denver, CO, March 2012
  • Poster Presenter, "When Good Land Rights Go Bad: Emerging Issues in Wind Energy Land Agreements," AWEA Windpower 2009, Chicago, Illinois, May 2009
  • Speaker, "Financing Small Biofuels Projects," Making Renewable Energy Projects Happen, Portland, Oregon, Apr. 2008
  • Speaker, "Emerging Trends in Biofuels Finance," American Bar Association (ABA) Business Section Meeting, Dallas, Texas, Apr. 2008
  • Speaker, "Overcoming Multi-jurisdictional Hurdles in Siting and Permitting Ocean and Tidal Energy Projects (Or, 'Dude, That's My Wave')," POWER-GEN Renewable Energy and Fuels, Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 2008
  • Moderator, "Clean Energy on the Vine," Harvesting Clean Energy Conference VIII, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 2008
PUBLICATIONS
  • "Minimizing Overlap in PV System Approval Process: Case Studies and Analysis," co-author, Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Oct. 2013.
  • White Paper,"Financing Solar PV at Government Sites with PPAs and Public Debt," researcher and contributor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Dec. 2011.
  • "Considerations for Negotiating Wind Project Land Agreements," co-author, North American Windpower Magazine (April 2011)
  • "Severing Wind Rights Raises Legal Issues," coauthor, North American Windpower Magazine (October 2010)
  • "Wind Energy Lease Agreements," coauthor, Chapter 1, The Law of Wind (Vols. 3, 4, and 5), Stoel Rives LLP
  • "Solar Project Property Rights," coauthor, Chapter 1, Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy (Vol. 1), Stoel Rives LLP
  • "Wind Advisory," coauthor, Los Angeles Lawyer, Magazine of Los Angeles County Bar Assoc., Jan. 2008
  • ESA Incidental Take Authorizations, coauthor, Oregon Insider Issue #360, Jan. 2005
EDUCATION
  • Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., 2003, cum laude

    Editor in Chief, Environmental Law, 2002-2003
    Natural Resource and Environmental Law Certificate

  • University of Washington, B.A. English, 1993




ADMISSIONS
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • Member, Women of Wind Energy, Seattle Chapter
  • Member, American Wind Energy Association
  • Member, Environmental Law Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Pro bono attorney, Mississippi State Bar/FEMA, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Legal Assistance, 2005
  • Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court (2005-2009)