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Polly L. McNeill


(206) 676-7040

Profile Introduction

Polly's practice emphasizes regulatory counseling, contract negotiations and administrative law. Her experience ranges from general land use representation for commercial and industrial development projects to regulatory counseling and advocacy for utilities, solid waste and hazardous waste activities. Her work includes all aspects of the State Environmental Policy Act, including review and preparation of environmental documentation for a variety of projects, as well as litigation of subsequent appeals. Polly has particular expertise in working with local jurisdictions and state regulatory resource agencies, including most particularly the Department of Ecology and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. She has participated in adjudications and hearings before many local governments and before several state administrative tribunals, and has taken several matters through appeals to the Washington State Supreme Court.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Approval for statewide expansion of biomedical waste collection service throughout Washington (Waste Management of Washington, Inc.).
  • Regulatory permits and approvals for operating a municipal solid waste landfill in Southwest Washington, including documentation under SEPA (Cowlitz County).
  • Land use permitting and other regulatory approvals for expansion of a municipal solid waste landfill in Central Washington, including documentation and litigation under SEPA (Waste Management of Washington, Inc.).
  • Rate-setting and regulatory compliance for several solid waste collection companies regulated by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Sanitary Service Company, Inc. and Waste Management of Washington, Inc.).
  • Acquisition negotiation for purchase and sale of real properties and operating assets of various utility projects (CDM/Phillips-ToltWater Treatment Facility, Bainbridge Disposal, Inc., Cowlitz County).
  • Remediation of hazardous waste contamination and brownfields development of real property in the Puget Sound area (Weyerhaeuser Company, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Ambaum Station LP).

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Administrative Law Institute, “Best Practices in Administrative Hearings in Washington,” September 2014
  • Washington Refuse & Recycling Association's 67th Annual Meeting, “Senate Bill 6141 – Filing Confidential Documents With the WUTC,” June 2014
  • National Business Institute – Administrative Law in Washington, “Discovery and Evidentiary Issues,” November 2012
  • UW Law Women's Caucus Women and Leadership in the Law, “Surviving and Thriving in the Legal Profession,” March 2012
  • ARK Group, Alternative Fee Arrangements, “Getting It Done – From Theory to Practice,” November 2009
  • Washington State Bar Association, Small Firm Bootcamp, “The Value of Networking,” June 2008
  • Law Seminars International - New Issues in Solid Waste and E-waste, “Recent Developments in Solid Waste, An Analysis of Flow Control,” July 2004
  • American Bar Association - Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Midyear Meeting, “Administrative Law, Tribal Law and the Environment,” June 2003
  • Washington State Bar Association – Law Office Expo, “Drafting Bills Clients Want to Pay – Adjustments for Value and Other Creative Accounts Receivable Solutions,” March, 2001
  • Washington State Bar Association – Fees, Billings and Ethics, “How to Change, Grow and Prosper Using Alternative Billing Methods,” March, 2000
  • Washington State Bar Association, Public Procurement Section, “Archaeological Issues On Construction Projects,” April, 1999
  • Law Seminars International, “Emerging Issues in Natural Resources Law,” November 1997
  • Law Seminars International, “Land Use As A Natural Resource,” November 1997
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, “Recent Developments in Solid Waste: An Analysis of Flow Control Recent State Legislation; and a Report on Activities in Washington State,” October 1997
  • Law Seminars International, “Local Implementation of Regulatory Reform,” May 1997
  • ABA/Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, “Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region X,” June 1996


  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017)
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers (2003-2006; 2010-2017)
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Environment (2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (5.0 out of 5)
  • EnvironUniversity of Washington Law Women's Caucus Recognition Award (2012)
  • University of Washington School of Law Service Recognition Award (2007)


  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1987); Associate Editor-in-Chief, Washington Law Review
  • Warnborough College, Oxford England (post-graduate studies)
  • The College of Idaho (B.A., magnacum laude 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State