Member Information

Peter Van Tuyn

Bessenyey & Van Tuyn L.L.C.

310 K Street
Anchorage, AK99501

Managing Partner, Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, LLC. Comprehensive counseling and representation of full range of clients on environmental matters in all branches of federal and State of Alaska governments. Subject areas include public lands, oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, marine conservation and fisheries, clean air and water and land use.

Work Phone:
(907) 278-2000

EPA Region:
Region 10 – (AK, ID, OR, WA & 271 native tribes)
Year of induction:
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1984, St. Michaels College Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1989, Vermont Law School Masters in the Study of Environmental Law, magna cum laude, 1989, Vermont Law School
State of Alaska
Court Admissions:
United States Supreme Court State of Alaska 9th Circuit Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Federal District Court, District of Alaska
Professional Societies and Organizations:
Member, State of Alaska Bar Association Fellow, American College of Environment Lawyers Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2020 Super Lawyers, 2007-2020 Board Director, Secretary, Kincaid Project Group, 1997-1999 Founding Member and Board Director, Alaska Conservation Vice, 1997-1999 Founding Member and Board Director, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, 1994-1998
Other Environmental Career Experience:
Adjunct Professor, Vermont Law School, 2001-2011 Litigation Director and Trial Attorney, Trustees for Alaska, 1992-2003 Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 1990-1992 Judicial Law Clerk, Justice Allen T. Compton, Alaska Supreme Court, 1989-1990 Environmental Editor, Vermont Law Review, 1988-1989
Representative Publications:
On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, The Science Against Drilling in ANWR (August 19, 2010). Van Tuyn, Oil and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Chapter 9 of Gates, Trauger, Czech, Peak Oil, Economic Growth, and Wildlife Conservation, Springer (2015) Levine, Van Tuyn, Hughes, Oil and Gas in America’s Arctic Ocean, Past Problems Counsel Precaution, 38 Seattle University Law Review 1127 (2014). Van Tuyn, America’s Arctic: Climate Change Impacts on Indigenous Peoples and Subsistence, Chapter 13 of Abate, Kronk, Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples; The Search for Legal Remedies, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. (2013). Van Tuyn, Brown, A Look Within: Executive Branch Authority to Ensure Sustainable Fisheries, 14 Ocean and Coastal Law Journal 1 (Fall 2008). Van Tuyn, Courage Without Conviction: Cause for Chaos in U.S. Fisheries Management, 28 Vt. L. Rev. 663 (Spring 2004). Smith, Anderson, Kendall-Miller, Van Tuyn, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act; Citizens’ Guide, The Wilderness Society (July 2001). Van Tuyn, “You Have No Right!” Tales From the Trenches of The Environmental Standing Battle, 30 Environmental Law 41 (Winter 2000).
Illustrative Projects:
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- Public lands, Wilderness, Indigenous Rights, Oil and Gas, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act Offshore Oil and Gas -- Outer Continental Shelf Marine Fisheries, North and West Pacific -- endangered species, overfishing, bycatch, essential fish habitat Pebble Mine, Southwest Alaska -- Clean Water Act Denali National Park -- motorized access Alaska National Interest Conservation Lands Act -- regulations