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Steven F. Hill

Special Counsel
Vancouver
360.619.7004
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As an environmental lawyer, I find that clients are often facing difficult, frustrating, and potentially costly issues dealing with government agencies, environmental groups, and others. It is my job to assist the client in navigating these challenging issues in a timely and cost effective manner that ensures the best outcome for their business and the environment. Quotation mark
Steven F. Hill
Steven F. Hill
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About Steven

Steven Hill is a results-oriented lawyer who seeks to solve complex environmental issues for clients. Whether it is cleaning up a contaminated site or recovering insurance proceeds to pay for an environmental issue, Steve brings more than 30 years of environmental-related experience to each matter.

Steve concentrates his practice in environmental and natural resources law and insurance recovery and leads the firm’s Southwest Washington environmental and natural resources practice area. Steve represents landowners and developers in responding to wetland and other natural resource issues affecting the development and use of real property in Oregon and Southwest Washington and has assisted clients in obtaining permits for some of the larger development projects in the area. He represents clients in negotiating with state and federal agencies regarding investigation and cleanup plans and natural resource damages claims at contaminated sites, including federal Superfund sites. Steve has successfully resolved a number of insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders and obtained insurance proceeds to pay for the investigation and cleanup of contaminated property. He has defended multiple citizen suits involving alleged violations of state stormwater permits.

Before beginning his legal practice, Steve worked in the port industry, including six years as special projects and environmental affairs manager for the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

Representative Experience

  • Environmental Plus
    • Negotiated with federal and state agencies regarding the scope and extent of the remedial investigation, feasibility, and cleanup at numerous contaminated sites, including sites with contaminated sediments and military munitions.

    • Negotiated on behalf of multiple clients with federal and state agencies and other potentially responsible parties regarding Superfund liability, including contribution and cost-recovery claims, and the scope and extent of the investigation and cleanup of contamination at federal Superfund sites. Worked with clients at the Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Superfund sites.

    • Defends clients against allegations of permit or environmental violations and negotiates settlements to allow continued operations and/or completion of important economic development projects.

    • Challenged overzealous application of ESA prohibitions by federal resource agencies and provided advice concerning reasonable and appropriate permit conditions to protect and promote the survival of all threatened and endangered species.

    • Evaluated and defended NRD claims brought by federal, state, and tribal trustees and negotiated financial and restoration-based settlements with NRD trustees. Worked on NRD claims at the Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Superfund sites.

    • Aggressively pursues available insurance coverage for the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites and assessment and remediation of Natural Resource Damages under historical comprehensive general liability or excess liability policies, as well as environmental impairment liability policies.

    • Defends against citizen suits or threatened citizen suits alleging liability for violation of state-issued industrial stormwater permits and other violations of federal environmental statutes.

Services

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (formerly Northwestern School of Law), cum laude, 1993
  • M.A., University of Southern California, marine affairs, 1983
  • B.S., Furman University, biology, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1994
    • Oregon, 1993

    Activities

    Professional Plus
    • Clark County Bar Association, member
    • Washington State Bar Association
      • Environmental and Land Use Section, member
    • Oregon State Bar
      • Environmental and Natural Resources Section, member
    • Washington Public Ports Association, associate member
    Civic Plus
    • Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Board, past president

    Insights from Steven

    Collaborations

    Outside the Office

    Steve grew up in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Lincoln High School. He attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was captain of the swimming team his senior year. He currently lives in Clackamas, Oregon with his wife and enjoys traveling, golf, bicycling, and swimming.