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I help clients buy, sell, and develop property. I have extensive experience handling the complexities associated with contaminated property, including litigating cost recovery actions and negotiating agreed orders and consent decrees with federal and state agencies. I also counsel clients, including lenders, on the risks of buying and selling contaminated property and assist them in drafting contractual protection against such risks. When not working on contaminated sites, I draft and negotiate real estate documents such as purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, ground leases, construction contracts, easement agreements, and property management agreements.


Environmental law, real estate law, land use law, environmental litigation, environmental due diligence, real estate development, real estate contracts, insurance coverage, title coverage, construction contracts, regulatory compliance, real estate acquisition and disposition, real estate leasing, real estate litigation, lender liability, hazardous waste, brownfields, manufactured gas plants, environmental insurance, easement agreements, property management agreements, land use entitlements.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 50%
    21 years, 300 cases
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    21 years, 150 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    21 years, 50 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Jason Scott Newcombe

    I endorse this lawyer. Howie is a superior environmental and real estate lawyer. He has been an excellent resource on several complicated real estate and land use matters. I strongly recommend him to anyone needing legal services in his areas of expertise.


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Contact info

Veris Law Group PLLC

1809 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2012
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell®2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Top LawyerSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and MemberVeris Law Group PLLC2011 - Present
MemberTupper Mack Jensen Wells PLLC2010 - 2011
PrincipalHillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S.2000 - 2010
AssociateOgden Murphy Wallace, PLLC1995 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Model Toxics Control Act GuidebookModel Toxics Control Act Guidebook1999
Model Toxics Control Act GuidebookModel Toxics Control Act Guidebook1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Whitman CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Reusing Contaminated LandManaging Uncertainty, Cost, and Risk2013
Model Toxics Control ActVoluntary Cleanup Program and the New NFA Policy2013
Washington CLE BootcampHow to Work Effectively With an Environmental Consultant2012
Management ForumWorking With Environmental Attorneys2006
Annual Conference of Environmental and Land Use Law SectionThe Uniform Environmental Covenants Act2006
Annual Conference of Environmental and Land Use Law SectionCost Recovery Actions Under The Model Toxics Control Act2004
Annual ConferenceEnvironmental Law Update1998