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Contact Doug

2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7552

Douglas J. Steding


Doug, a partner of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, representing landowners, real estate developers, construction companies, industrial facilities and other businesses on issues related to hazardous waste, contaminated land, and regulatory compliance. Doug leverages his scientific background in his legal practice and in the representation of his clients, bringing his knowledge to bear on remediation of contaminated lands and sediments. His land use practice also benefits from his technical background, enabling him to help businesses navigate the complex land use permitting process associated with permitting projects in or near sensitive aquatic environments.

Prior to attending law school, Doug earned his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences/Geochemistry, studying the fate and transport of metals in the atmosphere and in estuaries. His research resulted in a cover article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and his work included some of the first studies of the impact of industrial emissions from China on mercury deposition on the west coast of North America.

Doug is the founder and editor of Science, Law & the Environment, our blog that focuses on the intersection of science, environmental law and policy. He uses this blog to track emerging environmental issues such as the amendment of WashingtonĘžs Water Quality Standards to account for high fish consuming populations, the ongoing efforts by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify and potentially expand the reach of the Clean Water Act through rule making, and regulatory and legal developments in Washington and the Pacific Northwest related to climate change and the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.