Steven Christiansen has over 30 years experience with environmental permitting and enforcement matters, RCRA and CERCLA remediation, air emission credits transactions, climate change, state implementation plan development, environmental legislation, NEPA, public lands permitting, environmental aspects of business transactions, brownfield redevelopment, and the administrative rule-making process. He also works in the areas of energy and public utilities law.
Mr. Christiansen actively represents mining, petroleum, chemical, energy, and public utility interests throughout the western United States and Canada.
Mr. Christiansen is licensed to practice law in Arizona, California, Utah, and Washington, D.C. He was elected as Chair of the Great Basin Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association for 2008. As a member of the Utah State Bar, he has served twice as Chair of the Environmental Law Committee within the Section on Energy, Natural Resources and Environment. From 1990-2002, Mr. Christiansen served as an Adjunct Professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, teaching a course in environmental law.
Mr. Christiansen is asked frequently to speak and write on issues related to the environment, energy and natural resources. He has been a presenter at national business institutes, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, Utah Manufacturers Association, Utah State Bar, Arizona State Bar, the Cambridge Institute, the International Cogeneration Society, the Resource Recovery Institute, Air and Waste Management Association and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Christiansen was ranked as one of the top environmental and land use attorneys in Utah since its inception in 2004 by Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite. He is recognized in the 2007-2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Environmental law, and was awarded “Lawyer of the Year“ in 2015. He was listed in the 2009-2014 editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers. He has also been named one of the top Energy & Natural Resources lawyers in Utah in the 2011-2014 editions of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Mr. Christiansen has also been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.
In the news:
What does warning label from California really mean?, ksl.com – November 2013
Utah CEO Magazine September 2010 – Ready for ANYTHING
Publications & Speaking Engagements:
Energy Industry Eagerly Awaits Duke Energy Verdict
Energy Law 360, February 23, 2007.
California’s Cutting Edge Laws
EnergyBiz Insider, October 20, 2006.
The Huntsman Administration and the Environment
Utah Business, April 2005
EPA Lawsuits Against Utilities on New Source Review Compliance Reach Pivotal Year
Hazardous Waste, February 14, 2003
New Source Review Reform Generates Polarized Views,
Hazardous Waste, February 28, 2003.
Hazardous Air Pollutants: An Update of Activities Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
2000 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, Salt Lake City, UT and publication in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, February 2000.