Brian’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, with an emphasis on environment, natural resource, and real property matters.  He has mediation, trial, and appellate experience.

Brian handles environmental matters including regulation and litigation arising under various Federal and State statutes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). Brian represents Indian Tribes in environmental related issues, including prosecuting claims on behalf of Tribes. He also assists Tribes develop and implement environmental programs delegated to Tribes under Federal environmental statutes.

Brian also represents municipal and private clients in a range of land use and real estate matters, including condemnation proceedings, project permitting, adverse possession and related boundary disputes, and real estate transactions.

In addition to his environmental and land use practice, Brian has litigated other cases including business, real property, and real estate transaction disputes.

Brian received his B.S. from the University of Oregon in History and Political Science. He received his law degree from  the University of Washington School of Law where he was a member of the Washington Law Review and served as a managing editor.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association, Environment and Land Use Section
  • King County Bar Association, Environment and Land Use Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Planning Association of Washington

Education

  • J.D., University of Washington, with honors
  • B.S., University of Oregon, summa cum laude

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “How Tribes can Develop the Capacity to Implement and Enforce Environmental Programs to Protect their Natural Resources under Tribal Law and Federal Law,” Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: A National Conversation on Tribal Land and Water Resources, Spokane, Washington, August 2018.
  • Co-speaker, "The Tribal Role in Environmental Litigation and Policy Making," Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-house Counsel, Seattle, Washington, March 2018
  • CLE Presenter, Allocating CERCLA Liability: Divisibility or Section 113 Equitable Contribution, Strafford, June 2017
  • Presenter, "Tribal Court Jurisdiction and Appellate Review," Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-house Counsel, Seattle, Washington, April 2017
  • Co-speaker, "The Hostile State Part 2 - Tribes Need to Protect their Interests and Build Litigation Quality Administrative Records to Support EPA Approval of Tribal Authority under Federal Law," Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-house Counsel, Seattle, Washington, March 2016
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