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June 2012 Bar Bulletin

Outstanding Young Lawyer:

Amanda Stock

By Kathleen Jensen

 

Amanda Stock grew up a native of Seattle, and attended Lakeside High School. She and her two sisters were well versed in the sacrifices necessary to run a small business, as their parents owned the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Stock grew up sailing in the San Juans and the Gulf islands, and much of her current devotion to environmental law stems from these experiences. A desire to remain on the West Coast and an excellent scholarship opportunity brought Stock to Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., where she received her B.A. in anthropology, graduating magna cum laude in 2000.

Growing up in a family business, Stock was accustomed to the various swings of the marketplace and had been looking forward to the day when she might be a partner in a private firm - the prospect of owning a business seemed as attractive to her as practicing law. It turned out she was right ... in spades.

Stock and her law partner, Billy Plauche, formed Plauche & Stock two and a half years ago. Since then, the firm has grown to six lawyers and she attributes its success to hard work and the commitment of the staff, both to the business and to their clients, while Plauche accredits their growth and success to Stock's management of the firm's business.

Not only was Stock prepared for the day when she would be a business owner, but, says Michelle Rosenthal, the former chair of the KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section who preceded Stock in that position, and Tracy Williams, the chair who succeeded Stock: "It is not at all a surprise to us that Amanda is receiving this tremendous honor - in fact, we can't imagine anyone else who would be more deserving. She is charming, funny, outgoing, personable, and above all, driven by a passion that is truly inspiring."

Stock serves on the Board of Directors of Salish Sea Expeditions, a nonprofit organization established to provide opportunities for students in grades 5-12 to design and conduct real scientific research on the waters of the Salish Sea and within their local watersheds. Her mentorship as an attorney doesn't stop with students either.

Stephanie C. Morris, special counsel with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, commented, "As an in-house attorney client of Amanda's, I can honestly say that she challenges me daily, by way of her example, to be a better attorney-advocate for my clients. I don't think I'll ever meet a more dedicated, knowledgeable, hard-working, professional, and most importantly, enjoyable person to work with. ... I take great comfort in knowing that as a client, I couldn't be in better hands, and as a friend, I have much to learn from her."

Stock became interested in both land use and environmental law, and pursued her law degree at the University of Washington School of Law, where she graduated with honors and was a managing editor of the Washington Law Review. Stock counsels public and private clients on environmental, land use and natural resource matters, with a focus on marine, shoreline and wetlands issues. She assists clients with strategic planning, project permitting, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters under a wide variety of local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Stock frequently serves as both an advocate and a project manager for complex projects, including those that require regulatory approvals from multiple agencies. Her clients have included proponents of aquaculture and agriculture farms, commercial and residential developments, shoreline restoration projects, and wetland mitigation banks.

Amanda Stock has taken much from her love for the Pacific North­west, and lessons from her parents on being a business owner, hard work and inspiration, and now embodies the Outstanding Young Lawyer award.

Kathleen Jensen is the associate executive director for the King County Bar Association.

 

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