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Peter brings more than 31 years of experience practicing environmental law. His practice focuses on helping clients comply with federal and state hazardous waste laws and defending clients at federal and state Superfund sites.   Peter has extensive experience in the Washington State Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) compliance, cleanup and cost recovery, Clean Water Act storm water compliance and environmental insurance recovery.


Since 2005, Peter has been in private practice in Seattle focusing on helping clients resolve all legal issues related to contaminated properties – purchase and sale negotiation, cleanup and cost recovery.   Peter takes a very strategic and cost efficient approach to solving his clients’ environmental legal problems. He is often asked to lecture on resolving legal issues related to contaminated real estate and negotiating environmental provisions in purchase and sale agreements.  Peter’s prior experience includes being Environmental Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at The Boeing Company, a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, several years in private practice, and an Honor Program Staff Attorney at the US Department of Agriculture.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peter and his wife and three young children live in Seattle.  He enjoys the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest offers, including hiking, skiing and bicycling, as well as Seattle’s rich cultural offerings.



ENVIRONMENTAL LAW:   Counseling, transactional, permitting and litigation

CONSULTING:  Contract drafting and negotiation    

ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE:   Counseling and litigation




J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

M.A., Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

B.A. cum laude, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina



2014 – Present Principal, Hapke Law Office, PLLC

2012 – 2014 Partner, Advocates Law Group, PLLC

2005 – 2012, Principal, Hapke Law Office, PLLC

2001 – 2005, Counsel, Office of General Counsel, The Boeing Company

1993 – 2001, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Seattle City Attorney’s Office

1989 – 1993, Senior Associate, Pepe & Hazard, Hartford, Connecticut

1986 – 1989, Associate, Hart, Bruner & O’Brien, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1983 – 1986, Honors Program Staff Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division, Washington, D.C.



Washington (23159)

Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington



Former Vice-Chair and Newsletter Editor, Site Remediation Committee, ABA’s SONREEL Section

Former Chair, King County Environmental and Land Use Section

Member, WSBA’s Environmental and Land Use Section


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