Ken Weiner practiced for more than 35 years exclusively in the environmental, natural resources and land use area for clients in the public and private sectors. He joined the firm after serving as deputy executive director and counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality under Presidents Ford and Carter.
Ken’s practice covered a full range of environmental, land use, natural resource and related regulatory issues, with a focus on sustainability. His work for companies and public agencies has resulted in landmark public-private partnerships.
Ken is one of the principal authors of both the federal (NEPA) and state (SEPA) regulations on environmental impact assessments. He is also a principal author of the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) rules, one of the nation's more successful hazardous waste cleanup programs. In 36 years, no environmental impact assessment in which Ken has had a principal role has been found inadequate.
Ken founded the firm’s U.S. West Coast environmental practice in 1980. During his time at the firm, Ken was instrumental in negotiating nationally-recognized agreements on sensitive projects, in addition to conventional due diligence, counseling and compliance matters. Ken also assisted public agencies on critical infrastructure, including successful environmental review and permitting of more than $6 billion (in current dollars) of ‘green’ public works projects for Seattle–King County Metro, the City and County of Spokane, the Port of Seattle, and the City and Port of Everett.
Ken has served as an advisor to democrat and republican Presidents and Governors on regulatory reform. He devotes substantial time to public service and has facilitated consensus among diverse interests on legislation and rulemaking.
He has written and taught extensively on administrative and environmental law. Ken has received numerous recognitions from business, environmental and professional organizations.
Ken's listings include Washington SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers in Washington and Best Lawyers in America . He has received awards from diverse organizations, including Environmentalist of the Year from the Seattle Audubon Society and Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Washington Business.