Stan applies his experience as the former Chief of Environmental Litigation at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, and Boeing Senior Counsel, Environmental and Security, Seattle, to a range of client solutions.  He knows how to keep clients out of the courtroom, but when that is not possible, he is an avid litigator, and has been to trial and defended appeals in cases involving environmental, contract, real estate,  torts, and employment matters, among other issues.

In his 13 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in civil and criminal matters, Stan represented federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interior, Fish & Wildlife, General Services Administration, Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Postal Service, and worked closely with State agencies.  This experience allows him to present arguments to regulators in a manner that will be heard.

Stan has negotiated and drafted transaction documents for real estate deals involving environmental issues, contracts for new technologies for corporate security, agreements providing for green business solutions, and more.  He advises companies on sustainability, carbon reductions, and lawfully reducing waste through re-use or recycling.  Stan teaches green building – LEED and other methods – and advises clients on reducing their environmental profile and enjoying the cost savings that come with wise use.

Representative Matters

  • Counsels clients on compliance with environmental laws such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act (including stormwater and groundwater to surface water regulations), the Clean Air Act (including new government rules on greenhouse gas emissions), environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), and others.
  • Advises companies on operations and procedures that reduce the potential for toxic tort suits due to damage to properties or persons.
  • Teaches green building courses and can share methods for new and existing buildings that have a return on investment that is hard to resist.
  • Negotiates with and litigates against responsible parties under CERCLA and MTCA for contribution of funds at federal and state cleanup sites and brings recalcitrant parties to the table so that all responsible parties pay their fair share.
  • Advises clients seeking to purchase, sell, or lease property, and drafts contracts for such transactions, including special terms involving environmental issues.
  • Conducts internal investigations in environmental, security, employment and other areas that give companies the power to address issues proactively.

Admissions

Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar
Member, Florida Bar
Admitted, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington
Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Admitted, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Admitted, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Articles and Presentations

  • Presenter, Not Just Hot Air: Washington State’s New Statute on Low Carbon Fuels, Veris Law Group (2021).
  • Presenter, Green Building: The Future is Now, Washington State Bar Association CLE (2018).
  • Adjunct Professor, Law of Hazardous Wastes, Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York (2013-15).
  • Author, Survival of the Greenest: How LEED Can Evolve to Protect Against Hurricane Sandy, Bloomberg BNA (2013).
  • Author, LEED, Don’t Follow: How to Avoid Potential Pitfalls of a Flexible Private Standard, Bloomberg BNA (2012).
  • Author, Just Warming Up: Climate Litigation, Regulation of Greenhouse Gases, New York Law Journal (2011).
  • Author, Burlington Northern: Supreme Court Toughens CERCLA Burdens, New York Law Journal (2009).
  • Guest lecturer, New York University Law School environmental trial practice course (2003-2015).
  • Faculty member, NITA-style one-week Trial Advocacy Institute by U.S.E.P.A., Boulder, Colorado (2009-2013).
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar lecturer, Cartagena Baykeeper in Colombia (2007).

Honors and Recognition

  • Boeing General Counsel’s Award for Excellence in the Law, 2020
    Awarded by the General Counsel of Boeing to coronavirus legal team.
  • Henry L. Stimson Medal
    Awarded by the Bar of the City of New York to one Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District for Outstanding Performance as an AUSA.
  • Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance
    Awarded by the Department for United States v. Mobil Oil Company (RCRA violations).
  • Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division
    Award recognizing overall environmental performance.
  • Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance
    Awarded by the Department for United States v. Island Park (civil rights victory for housing discrimination against African Americans and false use of government funds).

Education

J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School (1984)
B.S. Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York at Binghamton (1981)

Personal

Stan was born and raised in New York City, and moved to the Pacific Northwest with his family in 2015.  His boys are improving his game in basketball and chess.  He loves training his three dogs, running, road and mountain biking, watching great movies and reading great books.