Keith Cohon

Adjunct Professor




A.B. Magna cum Laude, Princeton University, 1980
J.D. Cum Laude, Harvard Law School, 1984


Client Counseling and Negotiation


Professor Cohon served as an Assistant Regional Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1990 to 2014, where he handled enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. He also advised program clients on issuance of permits and other regulatory functions, defended challenges to EPA's regulatory actions, and was the Region's primary expert on Indian Law and the implementation of federal environmental statutes in Indian Country. Throughout his time at EPA, he was involved in the selection, supervision and training of law clerks, and also coached several National Environmental Moot Court Competition teams from both Seattle University and University of Washington law schools.

Prior to working at EPA, Professor Cohon was an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine and at Miller Nash practicing real estate and bankruptcy law, and a law clerk for the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for its chief judge, Hon. Sidney C. Volinn.

Professor Cohon received his law degree in 1984 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and his bachelor's degree in physics from Princeton University in 1980.