I was born and raised in Washington State and I care deeply about the economic and ecological vitality of our region. I want the Pacific Northwest to remain a great place to live for all its residents. I spent the first phase of my legal career helping governmental agencies protect and improve our quality of life. I now am helping small and medium-sized businesses, land owners, and developers do their part by assisting them in redeveloping contaminated property and conducting operations that provide good jobs in an environmentally-responsible manner. Protecting the environment and growing the economy are not mutually exclusive objectives. However, achieving the proper balance requires working with government agencies and other stakeholders to develop thoughtful approaches to complex problems. Given my background, I’m in a unique position to assist my clients in this pursuit since I know how governments operate and make decisions. As a result, I efficiently work through clients’ regulatory and legal challenges so they can focus their efforts and assets on what they do best.
University of Washington Law, JD
Washington State University, BA and Honors Program Graduate
Admitted to Practice in Washington State 1993
Member of U.S. Supreme Court Bar
Prior Professional Experience:
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Civil Division (1999-2011)
Advised county agencies regarding compliance with environmental laws, including MTCA and CERCLA. Negotiated and drafted agreements for complex real property transactions and advised the King County Council, the Executive's Office, and agencies within the executive branch on a myriad of other operational and policy issues, principally related to public transportation, parks, and real estate.
Navajo Nation Department of Justice (1997-99)
Window Rock, Arizona
Provided legal services to agencies within the Navajo Nation government. Assisted the tribe in making housing more accessible for its members by improving government programs, revising fiscal policies and facilitating private financing of homes on tribal trust lands.
Lee, Smart, Cook, Martin & Patterson (1995-96)
Involved in all aspects of defending clients in tort or contract actions. Areas of concentration included Employee Retirement Income Safety Act (ERISA) and real estate professional malpractice.
Washington State Attorney General's Office
Defended the Department of Labor and Industries in employer premium assessment and Worker's Compensation appeals.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Extern in the Office of Enforcement - Water Division. Undertook various research projects for attorneys in the Division.
U.S. Representative Jolene Unsoeld (1989-90)
Responsible for responding to constituent inquires and apprising the Representative regarding legislation in the areas of defense, veterans affairs, and technology.
Enjoying time with my wife and two children at home, around the city and in the great outdoors. And, as time allows, dabbling in rock climbing, downhill skiing, running, tennis, mountain and road bicycling, public policy, and reading for pleasure.