David Steele represents major natural gas and electric utilities and energy companies before state and federal utility commissions, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in regulatory and litigated proceedings. David’s practice includes representing large customer-intervenors in FERC proceedings, state-federal jurisdictional analysis, other pipeline and energy-related litigation, energy transactions, and various state regulatory issues.
David also represents large and small companies across a range of industries in both state and federal courts. He has assisted clients in a variety of environmental law litigation and permitting matters including defending Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suits, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, Clean Air Act compliance, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cost recovery actions. In addition to environmental and energy law, David represents clients in other complex business litigation matters including land use and eminent domain litigation, breach of contract, unfair competition, antitrust, intellectual property, and trade secret litigation. David has successfully represented clients in all stages of litigation and case management, including initial case assessment and pleadings, e-discovery and discovery strategy, depositions, dispositive and procedural motions, pre-trial preparation, trial and settlement negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and appeals.
David is active in the community and maintains a robust pro bono practice, focusing primarily on constitutional rights. He was a member of the Perkins Coie Wilbur v. City of Mt. Vernon litigation team that successfully challenged the public defender systems in two Washington cities for the failure to provide effective assistance of counsel to indigent defendants.