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My practice involves analysis and litigation of business disputes. With more than twenty years of experience in a wide range of challenging and, in some instances, precedent setting cases, I advise clients of their rights and responsibilities and litigate to protect their interests.

I am admitted to practice before the Washington Supreme Court, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington.


Practice areas


  1. Antitrust: 20%
  2. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    8 years
  3. Constitutional: 20%
  4. Class Action: 20%
  5. Environmental: 20%

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Contact info

Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

999 Third Avenue Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Journal of Law & Politics2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Washington Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals Ltd.Defeated Teck Cominco's Motion to Dismiss
Weston v Emerald CityReversed class action certificati
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Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinPost-Sale Billing Error Class Actions After Schnall (Co-Author)2012
WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law NewsletterCERCLA's Divisibility Defense: Summary Judgment Ruling in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Elucidates "Harm" for the Purposes of Divisibility/Apportionment (Co-Author)2012
WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law NewsletterLingle Lingering: Seven Years after the United States Supreme Court's Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Washington Courts Have Not Reformed the State's Regulatory Takings Test (Co-Author)2012
WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law NewsletterThe State of Regulatory Takings in Washington: Reconsiderationof the State's Takings Formula under Lingle v. Chevron USA, Inc.2007
Natural Resources & Environment"CERCLA and Transboundary Contamination in the Columbia River,"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Claremont McKenna CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE SeminarCERCLA Litigation for the New Millennium: More Claims, and More Hurdles to Settling Them2016
Natural Resource Damages ConferenceTribal Views of Injury / Tribal perspective of loss of cultural services arising from injuries to natural resources2015
WSBA 2013 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear ConferenceCo-speaker, Use of Summary Adjudication to Narrow Issues for Trial2013
American Bar Association 2011 Annual MeetingEnforcement of U.S. Environmental Law in Cases of Cross-Boundary Pollution: A Case Study2011
International Law SectionCleaning Up Cross Boundary Pollution: Implication of U.S. Court Decisions in Pakototas v. Teck Cominco2008
Teck Cominco SymposiumInternational Law Implication of Pakootas v. Teck Cominco2006
Summary Judgment SeminarSummary Judgment: Narrowing Issues or Disposing of Case2006
6th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceDealing with Confidentiality Concerns: Sealed Court Records in Civil Cases2006
ALI-ABA Annual International Environmental Law ProgramNinth Circuit Decision in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco2005