Steve has over 20 years’ experience representing a variety of business clients, real estate developers, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies with real estate transactions, commercial and office leasing, secured financing, real estate development matters, and business and corporate matters.  

Over the course of his career, Steve has served as both in-house and outside counsel which allows him to provide clients a diverse perspective and a broad base of knowledge and experience in additional legal areas that are critical to the operation and protection of his clients’ business and financial interests.

In addition to his work representing clients in the Pacific Northwest, Steve also provides counsel to clients in California from the firm's Bay Area office.

  • Experience
    • Served as General Counsel for real estate development syndicate principally engaged in the development of a 100 acre, $1.2 Billion, mixed-use Project currently under construction on former Superfund Site located on the Ruston/Tacoma waterfront. Responsible for managing and supervising all commercial litigation and negotiation and documentation for project financing, retail/commercial leases, construction agreements, and vendor agreements and disputes. Served as liaison with outside environmental counsel and managed all real and personal property acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and other investor relationships.
    • Served as outside real estate counsel to several Bay Area municipalities, a Fortune 500 trucking and logistics company, and outside general counsel to U.S. Department of Defense contractor, real estate developers, and prominent regional wineries.
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    California State Bar
    Washington State Bar
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Government Service
  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership

Areas of Focus


University of California, Davis School of Law J.D., 1999
Law Review Staff Member

University of California, San Diego Summa Cum Laude, B.A., 1996, Economics