Team

Harry vorhoff

Harry provides counsel on issues regarding environmental, climate, and water law, utilizing his extensive background in public service, policy development, and litigation. As a partner, Harry brings a robust expertise in natural resource policy and regulation to the firm and its clients.

 Harry’s career includes serving as the Deputy Director and Executive Counsel of Coastal Activities in the Office of the Louisiana Governor under Governor John Bel Edwards, where he chaired the Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force and supported the development and approval of the state’s first Climate Action Plan – a landmark initiative in the Gulf South. In this role, he also represented the governor on boards such as the State Mineral and Energy Board and advised the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on legal and policy matters regarding the implementation of the state’s $50 billion Coastal Master Plan.

 Prior to his tenure in the governor's office, Harry served as the Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Environmental Section in the Louisiana Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Landry, where he managed significant litigation and advised on legal matters impacting the state's environmental and natural resources policy. He also represented the State of Louisiana in state and federal hearings and provided counsel to numerous governmental agencies such as the Office of State Lands, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Department of Environmental Quality.

 Before his tenure in public service, Harry was a senior research fellow at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, where he cultivated his wide-ranging knowledge of stewardship policies and procedures.

Awards/Recognitions

  • Notable Documents Award for Louisiana Climate Action Plan, National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Research Librarians Professional Staff Association, 2022
Publications & Presentations
  • Industrial Decarbonization: Getting to Net Zero, Louisiana Chemical Association, 2022.
  • How Can State Leadership Inform Federal Climate Decision-Making?, Wilson Center and UC Berkeley Law, 2022.
  • Accelerating Lessons Learned from State-Level Climate and Environmental Policies for U.S. Climate Action, Wilson Center and UC Berkeley Law, 2022.
  • Louisiana’s Climate Action Plan: The Legislative and Regulatory Road Ahead, Tulane Environmental Law Summit, 2022.
  • State Best Practices for Industrial Decarbonization, Industrial Innovation Initiative, a partnership between Great Plains Institute and World Resources Institute, 2022.
  • Governor’s Second Term Coastal Priorities: Climate Change and Resilience, Coastal Law in Louisiana Conference, 2022.
  • Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Gulf of Mexico Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, 2021.
  • Renewable and Reality, Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Louisiana Public Square, 2021.
  • Gulf Renewable Energy Exchange, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, 2021.
  • Climate Initiatives Task Force Update, Louisiana Air and Waste Management Association, 2021.
  • Ownership of Water Bottoms in Louisiana, Coastal Law in Louisiana Conference, 2019.

Locations

Pacific Northwest Office

1218 3rd Ave. Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98101

T: 206.588.4188
F: 206.588.4255
E: info@plauchecarr.com

Gulf Coast Office

1110 River Rd S. Suite 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

T: 225.256.4028
F: 206.588.4255
E: info@plauchecarr.com