Professional Biography
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David S. Steele Counsel

  • Bellevue

    D +1.425.635.1633

    F +1.425.635.2633


    10885 N.E. Fourth Street, Suite 700

    Bellevue, WA 98004-5579


  • Seattle

    T +1.206.359.8000

    F +1.206.359.9000


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




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.

Professional Recognition

  • Washington Defender Association, President's Award for the Wilbur v. City of Mt. Vernon indigent rights to counsel class action litigation, 2014
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Champion for Justice Award for the Wilbur v. City of Mt. Vernon indigent rights to counsel class action litigation, 2014
  • Perkins Coie Annual Pro Bono Leadership Award for the Wilbur v. City of Mt. Vernon indigent rights to counsel class action litigation, 2013

Related Employment

  • Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Durham, NC, Student Attorney, 2011
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2011; Legal Extern, 2007
  • Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PC, Charlotte, NC, Summer Associate, 2011
  • North Carolina Conservation Network, Raleigh, NC, Legal Extern, 2011
  • Centre County Court of Common Pleas, Hon. Thomas King Kistler, Bellefonte, PA, Law Clerk, 2010





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012, Editor-in-Chief, Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum
  • University of Washington, B.A., Law, Societies & Justice/Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2008