Biography

Steve's practice focuses on remediation and natural resource damages (NRD) matters under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) and similar state statutes imposing liability for hazardous substance releases. He also regularly addresses PCB cleanup issues under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Steve represents clients at a number of nationally significant contaminated sediment sites in rivers, lakes, and estuaries across the country. He also represents clients at numerous sites involving hazardous substances in soil and groundwater. In addition to his work for individual parties, Steve acts as common counsel to groups of potentially responsible parties at several sites.

Steve has substantial experience not only with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state response agency negotiations and agreements, but also with cooperative NRD assessments and negotiations with federal and state natural resource trustees. His work focuses on helping clients proactively prepare for, and then cost-effectively address, government claims for response action, response costs, and NRD.

Before joining the firm in 1987, Steve was with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he worked closely with the EPA on CERCLA reauthorization. Prior to his work at DOJ, he clerked for the Nevada Supreme Court.

Education

  • Stanford University  (B.A., 1978)
    • Program in Human Biology, with distinction
  • University of California - Berkeley  (M.P.P., 1982)
  • University of California - Berkeley  (J.D., 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV