Krista deBoer is a litigator and counselor with experience representing local, national, and multinational clients in complex actions in state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on environmental law, representing clients in all phases of environmental and toxic tort litigation, administrative proceedings, enforcement defense, regulatory compliance, and corporate transactional matters.
Krista has worked with clients from a variety of public and private sectors, including aerospace and defense, food and beverage, healthcare, residential development, energy, transportation, retail, port districts, and irrigation districts, on matters involving the spectrum of environmental media. She has significant experience in CERCLA allocation and cost recovery, assessment and resolution of natural resource damages liability, contaminated site cleanup, hazardous materials and hazardous waste compliance, CEQA prosecution, Endangered Species Act litigation, and environmental torts. She has worked extensively with experts in fate and transport, habitat restoration design, remediation, NRD liability assessment, medical causation, and groundwater and vadose zone modeling.
In addition to advocating for clients, Krista has an alternative dispute resolution practice. She is a mediator specializing in environmental and business disputes, and has taught negotiation, advanced negotiation, and difficult conversations seminars to corporate, public, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad for more than a decade. Krista also teaches negotiation to law students as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. Krista has a passion for working with clients to design dispute systems and develop persuasive negotiation and communication strategies aimed at achieving optimal outcomes, both within an organization and across the table.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Krista expanded her practice to healthcare law as an associate at a regional firm, where she represented medical groups, independent practice associations, healthcare systems, hospitals, and physicians within the managed care context. Before that, she practiced at a boutique environmental law firm serving clients in California, Washington, and Oregon, and at an international law firm, where she was a member of the firm’s General Litigation and Mass Tort and Environmental practice groups.Show More