Mike Nesteroff is a preeminent environmental lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in environmental litigation, agency negotiations, property acquisition and leasing issues, and counseling clients on risk and compliance. READ MORE
During his 31 years at Lane Powell, Mike has represented clients in litigation claims involving hazardous material investigations, cleanups and cost recovery at sites in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He has obtained a several million-dollar cost recovery judgment on behalf of one client and a defense verdict in another cost recovery case. Mike has also represented clients in litigation involving public records and obtained a favorable court of appeals ruling on a previously-untested exemption in the Washington Public Records Act.
He regularly negotiates with agencies and private parties concerning stormwater permit and hazardous material reporting compliance issues, and advises clients on property transactions, including leasing, acquisition and redevelopment.
Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Mike as a “Leading Lawyer” on Environment, recommending him for being “very well-tuned in to local opinions” that enables him to provide “strategic advice which is right-on.” He also has been described by clients as explaining “the legal process and possible outcomes in understandable terms,” and as being “very informed and easy to deal with. He put[s] things in layman’s terms. He’s very helpful, competent and knowledgeable. His skills and knowledge have been instrumental in a number of environmentally sensitive transactions.”
Mike is a frequent speaker on environmental due diligence, stormwater and real estate issues, and is an author of three chapters, and supplements, in the Washington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed.) on Energy Development, Waste, and Nuisance and Trespass in Land Use Cases; the Environmental Considerations chapter in the Washington Construction Law Deskbook; and annual supplements to Vol. 23 & 24 of Washington Practice: Environmental Law and Practice (2nd ed.).
Before joining Lane Powell, he was an award-winning television reporter at KOMO-TV in Seattle covering, among other things, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.
KOMO-TV, Television Reporter
Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
King County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Member
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section, Member
U.S. Law Firm Group, Environmental Committee, Member
Northwest Environmental Business Council Board of Directors
Eastside Heritage Center, Board Member (2015-Present)
The Seminar Group’s Annual Easements and CCRs Seminar, Co-Chair (2012-present)
Western States Petroleum Association Northwest Associates, Board Member (2010-2015)
Hopelink, Board Member (2007-2014)
Leadership Eastside, Board Member (2008-2014)
Seattle Country Day School, Trustee (2007-2013)
Lawyerpalooza Organizing Committee, Chair (2003-2009)
Leadership Eastside Training Program, Class of 2009
Seattle Country Day School Parent Council, President (2006-2007)
Seattle University Law School Alumni Board of Governors (2002-2006)
Children’s Institute for Learning Differences, Trustee (1998-2004)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (1980-1988)
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, regional EMMY Recipient (1981-1982)
Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Environment (2008-2021)
The Best Lawyers in America©, Environmental Litigation (2019-2022)
"Washington Super Lawyer," Thomson Reuters, Environmental (2012-2021)
AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
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