PETER VAN TUYN, Managing Partner

PeterVanTuyn Peter Van Tuyn counsels and represents clients concerning the full spectrum of environmental and natural resource issues in Alaska. Mr. Van Tuyn has litigated cases at all levels of the federal and Alaska judiciary, and he has advocated for his clients before all major resource agencies in the federal and Alaska governments. He has also worked for his clients supporting or opposing legislation in the United States Congress and Alaska State Legislature, and he has been invited to testify numerous times in front of U.S. Senate and House committees on a variety of issues. Mr. Van Tuyn is frequently invited to speak at conferences and in other public and private forums about environmental, energy and natural resource issues.

Mr. Van Tuyn has many years of experience in the following areas of environmental and natural resource law:

• Public land management
• Oil, Gas and Energy
• Marine fisheries
• Marine Mammals
• Endangered Species
• Water and wetlands
• Mining
• Land Use and Zoning
• Transportation and Energy projects
• Freedom of Information

Mr. Van Tuyn has been an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where he has taught courses on Federal Marine Fisheries and Arctic Oil and Gas in Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law program, which is consistently is ranked number one in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Van Tuyn has also worked as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division and as a Law Clerk to Justice Allen T. Compton of the Alaska Supreme Court. He received his law degree and Masters in Environmental Law, both magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School Mr. Van Tuyn volunteers with numerous community and state-wide organizations. For example, he has been a Board Director of the Kincaid Project Group, which created world-class recreational opportunities and facilities at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. He was also a founding member and long-time Board Director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Conservation Voters.

Mr. Van Tuyn has commercial fished in the Aleutian Islands—set- and drift-net fishing for salmon and long-lining for halibut. He has traveled extensively throughout the state and takes advantage of all that the Alaska’s great outdoors has to offer.

Representative Testimony & Reported Decisions

• United States Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Sept. 12, 2006), available at

• United States House of Representatives, Committee on Resources, available at

• United States Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (Aug. 6, 2003), available at

• United States Commission on Ocean Policy (Aug. 21-22, 2002), available at

• United States House Resources Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Subcommittee, Oversight Hearing on Steller Sea Lions (May 20, 1999), available at

• Native Village of Point Hope v. U.S. Dep’t of Interior, 563 F.3d 466 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 17, 2009).

• United States v. Alaska, 521 U.S. 1; 117 S.Ct. 1888 (1997).

• Ninilchik Traditional Council, et al v. Noah, 928 P 2d 1206 (Alaska 1996).

• Eyak Traditional Elders Council v. Sherstone, Inc., Eyak Corporation & Sound Development, Inc., 904 P 2d 420 (1995).

• Trustees for Alaska et al v. State of Alaska et al., 835 P.2d 745 (Alaska 1993).

• Rupert v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, No. 91-1861 (1st Cir. 1992).

Sample Publications & Presentations

• Van Tuyn, America’s Arctic climate change impacts on indigenous peoples and subsistence, Chapter 13 in Abate, Kronk, Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd (2013).

• Van Tuyn, Brown, A Look Within: Executive Branch Authority to Ensure Sustainable Fisheries, 14 Ocean and Coastal Law Journal 1 (2008).

• Van Tuyn, Courage Without Conviction: Cause for Chaos in U.S. Fisheries Management, 28 VT. L. REV. 663 (Spring 2004).

• Smith, Anderson, Kendall-Miller, Van Tuyn, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act: Citizens Guide (July 2001).

• Van Tuyn, You Have No Right! Tales from the Trenches of the Environmental Standing Battle, 30 ENVTL. LAW 41 (Winter 2000), available at

• Miller, Gamache, Van Tuyn, Preventing Toxics in Alaska: Organizing for Environmentally Healthy Communities, Greenpeace Press (April 1997), available at

• Van Tuyn, Everett, The Endangered Species Act and Federal Programmatic Land and Resource Management: Consultation Fact or Fiction, 13 MONT. PUB. LAND L. REV. 99 (1992).

• Conference Panelist: Law Seminars International, Energy in Alaska Conferences, 2010-2013.

• Conference Panelist: The Seminar Group, Permitting Strategies in Alaska, 2010-2013.

• Lecture: Alaska Native Perspectives on Western Science and Environmentalism: Strategies for Addressing Alaska’s Environmental Challenges, University of Alaska Anchorage (Aug. 18, 2005).

• Presentation: Steller Sea Lions: A Five Year Retrospective, Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (Jan. 28, 2005).

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