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Steve’s practice focuses on advising clients on land use and real estate matters relating to a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial developments. He assists clients in obtaining all types of land use approvals, including mining permits, shoreline permits, building permits, hydraulic project approvals from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and aquatic lands leases from the Department of Natural Resources. This assistance regularly includes litigating administrative and judicial appeals of land use decisions. Steve has extensive experience with surface mining projects and shoreline developments, and in helping clients efficiently complete the consultation requirements of the Endangered Species Act, in order to secure permits from the Corps of Engineers. He also frequently assists clients with wetlands issues, easements, rezones, condemnations, and local improvements district (LID) assessments.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 80%
    19 years
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    19 years

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Contact info

Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson

999 Third Avenue
Suite 4600
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AHillis Clark Martin and Peterson1996 - Present
N/AUnited States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit1995 - 1996
N/ACalifornia Appellate Project1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bellevue Downtown AssociationMember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Urban Land InstituteMemberN/A
Pioneer Square Community Development OrganizationMemberN/A
King County Client Assistance ProgramMemberN/A
Phi Beta KappaMember1985 - 1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
Stanford Law SchoolN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Land Use/Environmental Mediation Steering Committee Focus GroupWhat Makes for a Successful Mediation - Land Use/Environmental Law2012
Planning Law ConferenceGrowth Management Act2007
CLEShoreline Permitting2007
State Environmental Policy ActNavigating the Maze: A Checklist Approach to Land Use and Environmental Law2004
State Environmental Policy ActNavigating the Maze: A Checklist Approach to Land Use and Environmental Law2002
The Endangered Speciies Act: The Response of State AgenciesEndangered Species Act2000