Thomas M. Pors is the principal of Law Office of Thomas M. Pors in Seattle. He focuses on water rights development, transfers, permitting and sales; municipal water system planning; water system regulatory compliance and project permitting; resort, agriculture and industrial water supply issues; land use permitting and appeals; and litigation, including water right appeals. He has written dozens articles and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of water rights.

Practice Areas

Water Right Assessments:  I have assessed dozens of municipal water right portfolios throughout Washington State and corrected numerous mistakes by government officials in earlier interpretations and decisions involving those water rights. My assessments give water system managers, consulting engineers, and elected officials confidence that their water rights are protected and preserved for future growth. These assessments are also the foundation for future decision-making that maximizes the potential usage and value of water rights while minimizing risk.  See my brochure.

Water Rights Permitting and Appeals:  Tom has over 25 years’ experience helping municipalities, resorts and other water users obtain new water rights; buy, sell and transfer existing water rights; and protect water rights from loss or diminishment. He researches water rights and is experienced helping municipal water systems assess the scope and validity of their rights and resolve disputes. He also an experienced litigator concerning water rights permits and appeals and the interpretation and validity of water rights statutes and rules.

Land Use and Environmental Law:  Tom also has over 30 years’ experience in land use and environmental law, including project permitting and environmental review of complex projects, public hearings before multiple jurisdictions and hearing examiners, and litigation relating to land use permit appeals.