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ADR Neutral: Stephen J. Tan

Stephen J. Tan
1201 THIRD AVENUE, SUITE 320
SEATTLE, WA 68101
Tel: 206-292-6300

Focus of Practice

Since 2000, I have focused my practice on environmental litigation for clients that include Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit groups. From 1991 to 1994, I served as a judge advocate in the United States Navy, primarily as counsel representing Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard servicemen in their defense against criminal charges including government contract procurement fraud, conspiracy, espionage, and attempted murder. From 1994 to 2000, I worked as a general civil litigation attorney, primarily as defense counsel. I have tried over 30 cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and California and have represented parties in over 100 mediations.

Legal Experience

Represent clients in disputes over liability for environmental cleanup costs and natural resource damages under Superfund laws; citizen suits brought under the CWA and RCRA; policyholders and insurance carriers in disputes re environmental liabilities under CGL and specialty environmental insurance products, and over claims handling, defense, and indemnity obligations; claims arising from hazardous or noxious environmental conditions caused by operation of municipal and commercial facilities; and clients in disputes over alleged negligent performance of environmental investigation and remediation services Advise and provide expert testimony to parties and counsel in cost recovery actions over scope of liability for remedial action costs and attorneys' fees; expert testimony in disputes over insurance carriers' claims handling, defense, and indemnity obligations; disputes before the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board; and property owners before regulatory agencies over responsibility for investigating and remediating contaminated property Counsel to Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Wilderness Watch, Pacific Rivers Council, Washington Environmental Council, Olympic Park Associates, North Cascades Conservation Council, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Defenders of Wildlife, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and Label It Washington

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of the State of Colorado, October 1990; Supreme Court of the State of Oregon, September, 2007; Supreme Court of the State of Washington, June, 1993; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 5/18/2004; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2/18/2003

Education

J.D., University of Colorado, 1990 (Articles Editor, Law Review); B.A., University of Virginia, 1986 (Biology/Environmental Science)

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association; American Bar Association; King County Bar Association; and currently serving on the Board of Directors of Pacific Public Media (KNKX-FM) (Chair, 2016 to present), National Audubon Society (Chair, Environmental Litigation Committee, 2014 to present), and Braided River Publishing (President, 2014 to present); Board of Trustees of PCC Community Markets (2006-2015, 2017-present, Chair, 2008-2010)

ADR Training

Trends In Mediation Advocacy (September 2017) (1.5 Ethics; 3 Law CLE), Sponsored by WSBA; and Drafting ADR Clauses That Make Your Litigators Happy, Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine, November 9, 2016 - 1 General CLE

ADR Experience

Observation and participation in the following mediations: 1.Oberreuter v. City of LaCenter; Mediator: Teresa A. Wakeen, Wakeen & Associates Mediation Services LLC, held on January 28, 2015. 2.Cleanup issues regarding planned road expansion and 11866 NE 8th St. and 11855 NE Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue; Mediator: Judicial Dispute Resolution, held on May 12, 2015. 3.Bond v. HS Emmanuels, Corp., et al.; Mediator: William F. Joyce, Joyce Ziker Parkinson, held on September 8, 2015. 4.Puget Soundkeeper Alliance v. Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC, et al.; Mediator: Hon. Larry A. Jordan (Ret.), Judicial Dispute Resolution LLC, held on April 26, 2016. 5.Battle Ground Plaza, LLC v. Ray, et al.; Mediator: Mark Schneider, Perkins Coie, held on August 5, 2016. 6.Kay, et al. v. King County; Mediator: Tom Harris, Washington Arbitration & Mediation Service, held on December 5, 2016. 7.City of Bellevue v. Bakker's Fine Dry Cleaning, Inc.; Mediator: William F. Joyce, Joyce Ziker Parkinson, PLLC, held on April 27, 2017 8.City of Olympia v. Lindskog, et al.; Mediator: William F. Joyce, Joyce Ziker Parkinson, PLLC, held on September 13, 2017

ADR Practice Areas

Consumer Protection, Environment, Insurance, Torts