Richard (Rick) Agnew is a partner in the firm's Public Policy practice and currently serves as Chairman of Van Ness Feldman. In his legal practice, Rick represents a variety of clients before Congress and federal agencies, particularly on matters relating to federal laws and permits governing energy projects, environmental matters, and the uses of natural resources.
As Chief Republican Counsel for the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (now the Committee on Natural Resources) of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rick served as committee counsel and staff supervisor in a wide array of federal issues, involving natural resources, Native Americans, and energy production and use. He also was involved in the effort to revitalize Pennsylvania Avenue and Union Station in Washington, DC. Today, Rick uses that experience to help firm clients secure funding or permit authorizations for energy and transportation projects as well as the redevelopment of communities after significant natural disasters or other economic loss.
Rick is active in Bar Association Continuing Legal Education activities and is a frequent speaker on natural resource, Native American, and electric policy issues.
Rick also serves as Chair of the firm's Executive Committee.
Seattle University School of Law
University of Washington
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Native American Law, 2012-2018
Natural Resources Law, 2013-2018
Named Best Lawyers' "2014 Lawyer of the Year"
Washington D.C., Natural Resources Law
City of Federal Way, Washington
Chairman, Board of Ethics, 2011-present
Board of Ethics, 2007-2011
Planning Commission, 2006-2007
Chairman, Human Services Commission, 2005
Human Services Commission, 1999-2005
U.S. House of Representatives
Chief Republican Counsel/Staff Director, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, 1985-1991
Republican Counsel, Subcommittee on Public Lands and National Parks, 1983-1985
Staff Counsel, Congressman Don Young (R-AK), 1980-1983