Elaine Albrich teams with clients to offer practical, strategic solutions for navigating and resolving complex situations involving use of land, impacts to natural resources and resource lands, discretionary permits and licenses, and other government-imposed hurdles. Her practice focuses on the energy and alcohol beverage industries as well as traditional real estate development and rural economic development opportunities.
Elaine’s style is to work with clients early on in a project to develop cost efficient strategies to minimize problems and avoid, to the extent possible, extended legal proceedings. This involves developing a coordinated local, state, and federal permitting strategy, establishing working relationships with local regulators, or participating in local code amendments, agency rulemakings, or legislative actions. She regularly represent clients in hearings and proceedings before city and county governing bodies, hearings officers, the Land Use Board of Appeals, the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Energy Facility Siting
Alcohol Beverage and Hospitality
Admitted to Practice
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2005
- Editor in Chief, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, 2004-2005
B.S., Environmental Studies and General Science, University of Oregon, 2000
Memberships & Affiliations
- Board Chair, Sustainable Northwest, 2013-present
- Board Member, Northwest Cider Association, 2015-2017
- Former Board Chair, Proud Ground, 2011-2014
- Former Board Member, Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2014-2016
- Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Energy and Land Use and Zoning Law by Best Lawyers, 2021-present
- Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chambers USA in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Oregon), 2020-2022; Named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Oregon), 2019
- Selected to "Oregon Rising Stars" in Land Use/Zoning, Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2018