EXPERIENCE

Kathleen Kapla has assisted owners, operators, and financing parties in connection with renewable energy project development and related transactions since 2005. As the principal of Kapla Law PLLC, Ms. Kapla's practice focuses real estate, title, 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. Ms. Kapla provides environmental and federal permitting due diligence support to financing and lender parties, and she is also of counsel with the California-based law firm of Keyes & Fox 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 Lewis & Clark Law School, 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)
  • Speaker, “Homeowners Associations and Solar PV Installations,” Solar Washington March 2014 meeting, Seattle, WA (March 2014)

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., cum laude
    Natural Resource and Environmental Law Certificate (2003)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law (2002-2003)
  • University of Washington, B.A. English (1993)

ADMISSIONS

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), member, Seattle Chapter
  • Renewable Northwest, member
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, member, Seattle chapter
  • Pro bono attorney, Mississippi State Bar/FEMA, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Legal Assistance, 2005
  • Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court (2005-2009)
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