Overview

Steven Soule is of counsel in Kirkland's Los Angeles office and practices environmental law and litigation. Steve has litigation experience in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before the South Coast Air Quality Management District hearing board and in private arbitrations. In particular, he has experience in complex civil cases involving toxic tort, nuisance, and trespass claims arising from alleged contamination of real property, CERCLA cost recovery, and a number of government investigations including several involving claims based upon compliance with petroleum storage requirements and contamination of groundwater, and one involving alleged violations of various air pollution laws. He was lead trial counsel for a ten-day jury trial in a personal injury action and was lead defense counsel in two business tort and fraud cases, one that was dismissed on summary judgment and upheld on appeal and one that was dismissed at the pleading stage. Steve has also taken a leading role in criminal environmental cases based upon alleged failures to report hazardous substance releases and in a number of civil enforcement cases based upon claims under Proposition 65 for alleged failures to warn of exposures (both environmental and product exposures) and improper discharges to groundwater.

Steve has also assisted clients in complying with a broad range of environmental regulatory requirements, including compliance with air emission, waste water discharge and hazardous waste permit requirements, state and federal release reporting and clean-up requirements, underground storage tank requirements and California's Proposition 65 requirements. 

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995California

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of LawJ.D.1994

    Order of the Coif

    Chief Articles Editor, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

    Comment Editor, UCLA Law Review

    American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Criminal Procedure 

  • Stanford UniversityM.S.1991
  • Stanford UniversityB.S., Biological Sciences1990