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Steve helps private and public clients obtain and defend land use entitlements.

Steve assists Seattle’s Major Institutions (hospitals, universities and colleges) in obtaining master plan approvals as well as project-level permits. Steve also litigates land use, environmental, real estate and general matters in tribunals ranging from local hearing examiners to state administrative bodies to courts.

Community Activities

  • Bayview Manor Retirement Community
    • Case Development Committee, Member
    • Citizens’ Advisory Board, Member
  • Downtown Seattle Association, Urban Experience Committee
  • Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle, Steering Committee member
  • Seattle Parks District Citizen Oversight Committee member



News & Insights


  • Washington, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2010


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2007
    • Washington Law Review, Managing Editor
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S., University of Washington, Mechanical Engineering, 1997

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (Washington) Leading Individual, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2023; 2020-2022 (Up and Coming)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Land Use and Zoning Law, 2018-present
    • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year,” Land Use and Zoning Law, 2023
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2023
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers list, 2013-2017
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