Kingsly A. McConnell is an environmental, natural resources, and wildlife attorney who advises clients on environmental litigation and regulatory compliance.

He has specialty with water quality and water rights, stormwater pollution prevention, waste management, and environmental remediation and cost recovery. He has worked on matters arising under numerous federal and state environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, NEPA, and Washington SEPA.

During law school, Kingsly worked as a summer associate at Crag Law Center, where he participated in an administrative appeal of a Washington shoreline permit, as well as endangered species and forest land management litigation. As a law clerk at Earthjustice's Northwest Office, Kingsly gained substantial litigation experience authoring pleadings for high-stakes environmental litigation, including advocating for tribal rights and salmon preservation in the Klamath River Basin. Kingsly also served as a legal extern at Columbia Riverkeeper, where he partook in CWA citizen suit litigation and served as the primary author of public comments on behalf of a clean water coalition.

Kingsly earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, graduating with honors and a concentration in International & Comparative Law. During law school, he served as an Articles Editor for the Washington Law Review. Kingsly also received an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Sustainable International Development law from the University of Washington.

Education

  • LL.M. in Sustainable International Development, University of Washington School of Law (2020)
  • J.D., with Honors, University of Washington School of Law (2020)
  • B.A., with Honors, Florida Atlantic University, History (2017)
Admissions & Memberships

State Bar of Washington

Publications

  • Co-Author, Ninth Circuit Compels EPA to Issue a Temperature TMDL for the Columbia and Lower Snake Rivers After State Inaction, in Trends (ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Sept./Oct. 2020).
  • Co-Author, Waste and Resource Recovery Committee Report, in Year In Review 2019 (ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law, 2020).
  • Co-Author, Clatsop Residents Against WalMart v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 34 Environmental & Natural Resources Case Notes 3 (2018).
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