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Joe Mentor, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of water resources, land use, and natural resources development. Joe works with private sector businesses, public agencies, and Indian Tribes to achieve their legislative, policy, business and environmental compliance objectives. Joe also advises private and public sector clients on funding issues and water-related legislation before the Washington State Legislature. Since 2001, Joe has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine.

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Selected Work Experience

Founding Principal, Mentor Law Group, PLLC, Seattle, Washington
Partner, Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, PLLC, Seattle, Washington
Associate, Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, PLLC, Seattle, Washington
Assistant General Counsel, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
Minority Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. (1987-1989)
Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senator Daniel J. Evans, Washington, D.C.
Judicial Law Clerk, Justice James M. Dolliver, Washington Supreme Court, Olympia, Washington (1982)

Professional Activities

Member, Washington State Bar Association (Environmental & Land Use Law)
Member, Washington Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Advisory Committee (and advisory committees on municipal water rights and instream flows, rainwater harvest and wetlands banking)
Member, Government Affairs Council of the Associated General Contractors of Washington (1991-present)
Director, American Water Resources Association, Washington Section (2001-2002)
Associate Director, Laird Norton Company (2000-2002)
Member American Water Resources Association, Washington Section
Trustee, Olympic Park Associates (1993-2002)
Corporate Secretary (1993-1994) and Corporate Counsel (1993-1996), Building and Design 2000

Volunteer Activities

Treasurer, Executive Committee Member, Board Member, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (2007-present)
Citizenship Merit Badge Counselor, Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America (2003-present)
Advisory Committee Member, Laird Norton Family Foundation Watershed Fund (2008-present)
Project Manager, Steve Cox Memorial Park Renovation, King County Parks, White Center, Washington (2007-08)
First Inductee, King County Parks Volunteer Hall of Fame (2008)
State Chapter President, American Water Resources Association (2003-04)


J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1982
B.A., History, University of Puget Sound, 1979


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
State of Washington
State of Oregon