Greg concentrates his practice on complex litigation, environmental and land use law, and construction law. His environmental practice focuses primarily on complex superfund litigation and natural resource damages claims under CERCLA and Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act. Greg represents clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies in matters involving contaminated property remediation, and frequently counsels clients on environmental risk and liability strategies (analysis of cost recovery options, potential pursuit of contribution claims against prior owners and operators, and consideration of coverage claims against insurers); negotiates remediation agreements, access agreements, and settlement agreements; and prosecutes or defends environmental claims under applicable state or federal law. He also has substantial experience representing clients in multi-party allocations, and has been extensively engaged in three of the largest Superfund sites in the Pacific Northwest.
Greg also frequently advises clients in stormwater permitting and management related issues, defends clients in actions brought under the Clean Water Act, and assists clients with water quality permit compliance and stormwater management issues.
Greg is an experienced construction law attorney. He represents owners and developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of matters, including drafting and negotiating construction contracts, and litigating lien foreclosure actions, construction defect claims, and complex construction claim disputes.
In addition to his environmental and construction practice, Greg has also litigated a variety of other cases, ranging from commercial contract and business disputes, to personal injury and product liability actions. Greg has extensive experience managing complex litigation in state and federal court, and has represented clients through mediation, arbitration, administrative proceedings, and trial.
Greg has the highest possible rating on Avvo, the leading lawyer-rating website, and since 2013, has been recognized as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star®.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Attorney||Veris Law Group||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC||2010 - 2015|
|Associate Attorney||Preg O'Donnell & Gillett PLLC||2006 - 2010|
|Field Service Engineer||Applied Biosystems, Inc.||1999 - 2004|
|Research Associate||Seattle Biomedical Research Institute||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Industrial and Office Properties||Member||2013 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|Associated General Contractors of Washington||Legal Affairs Committee Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section||Co-chair, 2014 Mid-Year Seminar||2014 - 2014|
|Construction Law (WSBA publication)||Recent Ninth Circuit Decision on Washington Bid Shopping Statute||2013|
|Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC Environmental Law Blog||Increased stormwater citizen suit actions on the horizon? EPA's Proposed 2013 Stormwater Permit increases public disclosure and oversight.||2013|
|Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC Environmental Law Blog||Ecology’s Modified Industrial Stormwater General Permit Becomes Effective July 1, 2012 – Will it Impact You?||2012|
|Seattle University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|Western Washington University||Bachelor of Science||1997|
|Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section||Environmental Case Law Update||2015|
|Natural Resource Damages Conference||Native American NRD Sites: Tribal and State Perspectives||2014|
|Guest Lecturer: Univ. of Wash., Construction Managment Program, Construction Law||Contract Interpretation & Change Orders||2014|
|15th Annual Tribal Client Seminar||The Natural Resource Damages Trial||2014|
|14th Annual Tribal Client Seminar||Co-speaker, The Role of Tribes in Stormwater Management: The Prosecution and Defenses of Clean Water Act Citizen Suits||2013|
|National Forum on Solid Waste, Emergency Response, Contaminated Sites, and Underground Storage Tanks||Hydraulic Fracturing in Indian Country - Applicable Legal Tools for Managing Gas Exploration/Extraction Near Tribal Lands||2013|
|Guest Lecturer: Univ. of Wash., Construction Managment Program, Construction Law||Contract Interpretation & Change Orders||2013|
|Washington Public Ports Association Legal Committee Meeting||Update on Industrial Stormwater General Permit and Trends in Enforcement Litigation||2012|
|13th Annual Tribal Client Seminar||EPA Remedy Selection under CERCLA: When Are Tribal Clean Up Standards ARARs?||2012|
|Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in Washington||The Risks of Non-Compliance: Enforcement Actions and Citizen Suits||2012|
|National Forum on Solid Waste, Emergency Response, Contaminated Sites, and Underground Storage Tanks||Where Does Indian Trust Doctrine Come From and Where is it Going?||2012|
|12th Annual Tribal Client Seminar||Survey of Existing Body of Law Recognizing Tribal Spiritual and Cultural Interests||2011|
|11th Annual Tribal Client Seminar||Sovereign Immunity - It Ain't What It Used To Be||2010|