Areas of practice

"I had the opportunity to work with Scott on a large real estate transaction ... that had a multitude of environmental complexities. Scott's industry knowledge was invaluable to myself and the client. Scott was able to communicate our needs effectively and in a manner ... that allowed for positive outcomes in the continued negotiations. Scott not only has a deep understanding of environmental law but also an understanding of what it takes to keep the transaction moving forward, resulting in successful outcomes."

​​​​​​​​Environmental Law

I assist clients in navigating the complexities of environmental regulation of contaminated property and business operations.  I strive to develop the most effective approach to minimizing the impact to a client in complying with applicable regulations or responding to enforcement actions.  I also assist clients in finding other responsible parties or insurers who will take on or share in the cost of compliance.  In addition to my experience and technical skills, I bring a no-nonsense style that leads to strong working relationships not only with my clients, but also with regulators and other parties.  While litigation may be required under some circumstances, working collaboratively with regulators and other parties - to the greatest extent practical - usually yields the most cost-effective results.


Experience:

  • Compliance Counseling
  • Response to Enforcement Actions 
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • MTCA and CERCLA Compliance
  • Recovery of Remedial Action Costs
  • CERCLA 104(e) Response 
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment
  • Clean Water Regulations and Permitting
  • TSCA Cleanup


Real Estate and Land Use

My real estate and land use practice compliments my environmental law practice.  I assist clients in managing environmental liability as buyers, sellers, or developers of property by undertaking appropriate due diligence activities and negotiating protective contract terms.  I also assist clients in all aspects of complex (and not-so-complex) real estate transactions and property development, even where the environmental condition of the property is not the predominate issue.  I help clients take a development project from planning, permitting, and acquisition through construction and operation.  


Experience:

  • Negotiate and Draft Instruments for the Purchase, Sale and Use of Real   Property
  • Environmental Due Diligence and Risk Management
  • Land Use Permitting
  • NEPA and SEPA
  • Shoreline Management Act
  • Growth Management Act
  • Surface Mine Reclamation Act
  • Development Agreements
  • Land Segregation
  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • Affordable Housing​


Municipal and Tribal

In addition to the areas of environmental, real estate and land use, I am a highly experienced municipal law attorney. Having been an in-house attorney for the Navajo Nation, I also am knowledgeable in matters of tribal law.  Please see my Representative Matters page for more detail.  


Experience:

  • Interlocal Agreements 
  • Purchase, Sale and Use of Real Property
  • Regional Transportation Planning
  • Federal Grant Requirements
  • Formation and Operation of Special Purpose Districts
  • Public Work Laws
  • Procurement
  • Taxation
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Transactions involving Tribal Trust Lands
  • Federal Indian Law