Senior Environmental Attorney

02/15/2024 3:52 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

Position Title: Senior Environmental Attorney

Position Location: Seattle, WA

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Position Description:

About Stoel Rives and the Environment, Land Use, and Natural Resources Practice

Expanding our energy and natural resources expertise is one of Stoel Rives’ priorities in its strategic plan, and our nationally recognized Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice is a key source of our strength.  We represent major businesses in the fisheries, forest products, mining, oil & gas, and renewable energy industries. As part of the team, you will have the opportunity to build and maintain strong relationships with agency officials and industry associations and you will have the opportunity to work on interesting, long-term projects with established clients. 

If you are interested in working with a group of collaborative, hard-working, and dedicated lawyers and staff, this is the place for you.


Role Overview

Stoel Rives’ Seattle Office is seeking an Environmental Attorney with 5+ years of experience to join the environmental section of its Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice. All candidates should have experience in matters involving state and federal cleanup of contaminated sites, with a focus on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and state analogs.  The ideal candidate will enjoy complex legal and factual analysis requiring problem solving and critical thinking.

This attorney will support our clients to meet their everyday environmental law-related needs, including: compliance (e.g., chemical reporting, stormwater management, and waste characterization and disposal), cleanup work, responding to government information requests, investigations and enforcement actions, and citizen suit /toxic tort defense.  This attorney will also advise clients on the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions including identifying and allocating environmental risks, negotiating and drafting environmental provisions of transaction documents, and obtaining and reviewing environmental site assessments and other diligence materials.  

All our attorneys gain exceptional first-hand experience on sophisticated legal matters through their work with senior lawyers and clients involving a variety of complex and cutting-edge issues pertaining to natural resources, wildlife, and environmental laws.  

Skills Needed to Be Effective in This Role

We pride ourselves in forming diverse teams with a wide array of interpersonal and professional attributes. We don’t expect any one person to embody all of these skills, but the list below describes our ideal team player. If you have many of these skills, and are enthusiastic to learn, we encourage you to apply.

•            Environmental compliance experience and interest as described in the “Role Overview” section; 
•            Excellent written and oral communication skills;
•            Good judgment, responsiveness, and perseverance;
•            Strong intellectual curiosity;
•            Self-motivation;
•            A commitment to client service and team success;
•            JD from an accredited university;
•            Community engagement; and
•            Active membership in or commitment to applying for the Washington State bar.

Stoel Rives: Part of Our Team

A broader question you may have is, “How will this position enhance my legal skills and career trajectory?”  At Stoel Rives, we offer a unique lateral integration program and core competency model that are designed to provide a roadmap of the practical skills, abilities, and client service techniques our lawyers need to succeed and progress at the firm.  We also established a New Lawyer Integration Program that has deepened our relationships and connections with our new lawyers, while providing them with the mentoring, resources, and information necessary for success.

How You Will Live Life Well at Stoel Rives: Compensation, Benefits, and More! 

The pay range for this position is $245,000+; however, the base compensation presented to a candidate may vary based on skills and overall experience. This salary range is based on market location.

In addition to base compensation, Stoel Rives has a total rewards program that includes an annual discretionary bonus and rich benefits offerings.  For example, our benefits offerings include paid family & medical leave (and an on/off-ramp program for expecting parents), unlimited PTO, a flexible schedule program, remote work options, and a sabbatical program for eligible attorneys.  We also offer competitive and robust medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, AD&D, EAP, FSA, and Voluntary Life, ADD, and LTC options.  We also provide a generous firm-contributed health savings account and a pre-tax transportation/parking plan.  To help meet billable hour expectations, we also allow up to 50 hours of billable credit for diversity, equity, and inclusion-related activities, as well as an additional up to 50 hours for pro bono activities.  

We are also proud participants of the ABA Well-Being Pledge, strongly believing that the well-being of our employees is paramount to the success of the firm. In addition, the firm’s Culture Committee supports the firm’s mission, vision, and values in bringing together spectacular client service and job satisfaction.  

What We Are Doing to Ensure A Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Environment

Stoel Rives places a high priority on attracting and retaining lawyers with different backgrounds and life experiences. This makes us better and happier as people, as an organization, and as legal advisers. We are proud to offer many engagement opportunities including a firmwide DE&I Committee, Associates Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Affinity Groups, and Parenting Circle.


We proudly partner with Diversity Lab to implement innovative programs to advance Stoel Rives’ DE&I goals, including the aggressive metrics-based goals we’ve adopted as one of five founding Move the Needle Fund firms. Our efforts with Diversity Lab include certification under the Mansfield Rule, to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in our firm’s leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for opportunities.


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