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Steven J. Christiansen

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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 Utah’s Legal Elite, and is recognized in the 2007-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America for environmental law.  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.

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Publications & Presentations: 

  • "Energy Industry Eagerly Awaits Duke Energy Verdict", Energy Law 360, February 23, 2007.
  • Interview, “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.
  • Presentation: “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.


                               Christiansen, Steven J   

Practice Areas


  • 1982, J.D., Brigham Young University, cum laude, Associate Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review
  • 1979, B.A., cum laude, Brigham Young University

Bar Admissions

  • 1982, Arizona
  • 1986, District of Columbia
  • 1986, California
  • 1988, Utah

Professional Activities

  • Utah State Bar
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar