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My practice focuses on the areas of permits and administrative law, particularly related to land use and the State Environmental Policy Act, and hazardous and solid waste matters.  My practice ranges from general land use permitting matters for commercial and industrial facilities, to specific land use issues related to recycling, solid waste and hazardous waste activities. My work includes all aspects of environmental documentation and analysis under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, including preparing environmental documentation and as well as litigating related administrative and judicial appeals. I have significant experience dealing with unique problems associated with contaminated property, and have negotiated cleanups, contractual allocations of risk, and prospective purchaser agreements under both federal and state laws. I have expertise in federal, state and local wetlands regulations, and the Shoreline Management Act. In addition to practicing in state and federal courts, I have experience working with many local jurisdictions and most state regulatory agencies, including the Department of Ecology, the Washington Utilities and Transportation


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 50%
  2. Environmental: 50%

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Summit Law Group

315 Fifth Avenue South Suite 1000
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Alumna AwardUniversity of Washington School of Law2012
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Annual Guide to Environmental LawCorporate Counsel Magazine2010
Top Attorney in Administrative LawSuper Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Who's Who in Environmental/Land Use LawLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2003
Magna Cum LaudeThe College of Idaho1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberSummit Law Group1997 - Present
PartnerHeller Ehrman White & McAuliffe1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law SectionMemberN/A
Greater Seattle Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
University of Washington Alumni BoardPresident2001 - 2003
Association of Washington Business, Land Use CommitteeChair1996 - 2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
The College of IdahoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Warnborough College/OxfordN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alternative Fee Arrangements"Getting it Done - From Theory to Practice"2009