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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
  • 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



Brower v. State/Football Northwest
137 Wn.2d 44 (1998) (Successful defense of Seattle Seahawk stadium project and legislative referendum)

Washington Securities v. Horse Heaven Heights
132 Wn. App. 188, 149 P.3d 379 (2006), rev. denied, 158 Wn. 2d 1023 (successful prosecution of quiet title action for rail right of way)

Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority v. Miller
156 Wn.2d 403 (2006) (successful defense of Sound Transit eminent domain action)

City of Port Angeles v. Our Water-Our Choice
145 Wn. App. 869, 188 P.3d 533 (2008); 170 Wn.2d 1, 239 P.3d 589 (2010) (successful defense of water fluoridation program)

HTK v. Seattle Popular Monorail
155 Wn.2d 612 (2005) (successful defense of municipal condemnation authority)

Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County v. State of Washington
Peter Goldmark, 174 Wn. App 793, 301 P.3d 472 (2013); 182 Wn.2d 519; 342 P.3d 308 (2015) (successful prosecution of utility corridor acquisition)

Servais v. Port of Bellingham
127 Wn.2d 820 (1995) (amicus for Washington Public Ports Association in defense of protected public records

Klickitat Citizens v. Klickitat County
122 Wn.2d 619 (1993) (Defense of comprehensive plan and environmental impact statement for regional landfill)

Rabanco v. King County
125 Wn. App. 794 (2005) (successful defense of county solid waste management authority)

Wong, et al. v. City of Long Beach
119 Wn. App. (2004) rev. denied 152 Wn.2d 1015 (2004) (successful defense of city trail project)

Washington Waste Systems, Inc. v. Clark County
115 Wn.2d 74 (1990) (Defense of multi-million dollar government contract procurement)

Grant County Fire District No. 5 v. Moses Lake
Supreme Court, 150 Wn.2d 791 (2004) (Court reconsiders and unanimously reverses earlier ruling; affirms city annexation authority)

Babcock v. Mason County Fire Dist. No. 6
144 Wn.2d 774 (2001) (amicus for Fire Commissioners Association regarding public duty doctrine)

City of Seattle v. Shepherd
93 Wn.2d 861, 613 P.2d 1158 (1980) (upholding crime victims’ rights to recovery of stolen property)

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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 in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine, Appellate Practice, 2013
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2002-2020
  • 2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
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