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Steve's practice focuses on litigation involving state and local governments; civil service and public employment; and, land use and environmental law.

Steve's particular experience includes representation of jurisdictions on eminent domain, utilities (water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste systems), local improvement districts, facility siting and contractor litigation.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law and Employment Law Sections, Member
  • Foster Garvey, Opportunity & Progress Council, Member, 2020-present
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Trustee, 1986-1989
  • King County Bar Foundation, Trustee, 2018-present
  • Municipal League, Board of Trustees, 2010-2013
  • South King County Bar Association, Trustee, 1986-1988
  • South King County Legal Clinic
    • Founder and Attorney Coordinator, 1985-1986
    • Volunteer, 1978-1989
  • University of Washington
    • Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs, Lecturer
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Environmental and Land Use Law and Administrative Law Sections, Member
    • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member



News & Insights


Speaking Engagements


Past Appearances


  • Washington, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Washington, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western Division of Washington, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, State of Washington, 1976


  • J.D., Seattle University, 1976
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1973
    • Oval Club Scholastic Honorary

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Appellate Practice, 2012-present
    • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Appellate Practice, 2023
  • Ernest H. Campbell Award for Excellence in the Practice of Municipal Law (WSAMA Lifetime Achievement Award), 2019
  • Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine, Appellate Practice, 2013
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2002-present
  • 2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
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