David Bechtold

David has always sought to understand the world around him, both the human and natural elements. Growing up in the rural west, he experienced first-hand the societal and financial impacts of living in a community whose well-being is directly tied to the landscape around it.

His curiosity about the natural world drives him in helping clients utilize natural resources in a responsible and profitable manner. David specializes in many areas of environmental law, but if asked to highlight one specialty, it would be science-driven litigation. Whether analyzing the causes of a catastrophic landslide, the impacts of a proposed facility, or the scientific evidence supporting new regulations, David brings a combination of scientific curiosity and legal skill that allows him to bring clarity to complex problems.

David’s success is built not only on understanding the science of each case he takes on, but also understanding each client’s individual story. This means understanding each client’s business goals and objectives, but also understanding the communities and families that rely upon them.

Admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.


Stanford Law School
Juris Doctorate
Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal

Alma College
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude

Court Admissions

Oregon State Courts
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Representative Experience

Wilderness Watch, Inc. v. Creachbaum, 731 F. App'x 709 (9th Cir. 2018)

Represented coalition of national, state, and local nonprofits as intervenors in a lawsuit seeking the destruction of historic National Park Service structures in Olympic National Park wilderness areas. Intervenors were successful at both the District Court and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in setting a precedent that will ensure the protection of National Park history in both Washington and nationally.

Pszonka, et. al. v. Snohomish County, et. al.

Represented forestland owner whose property was associated with the Oso Landslide in highly complex litigation involving the science behind one of North America’s most anomalous landslides. Successfully settled all claims against client after multiple rounds of litigation, in what media reported as the largest wrongful death case in Washington history.

Century Indemnity Company v. Marine Group., LLC, et. al. 2016 WL 2606989 (D. Or. May 6, 2016)

Represent alleged corporate successors of historic ship repair contractor seeking insurance coverage to cover costs associated with cleaning up historic contamination. After several rounds of summary judgment, and a trial on issues of lost policies and allocation, Court returned a complete win verdict for client.

American Forest Resource Council v. United States of America, et. al.

Represent timber products trade organization in litigation challenging federal government management decisions related to lands reserved for timber production by the Oregon and California Revested Lands Sustained Yield Management Act.

Portland Harbor and Lower Duwamish Superfund Sites

Represents longtime leaders in the Portland and Seattle Maritime industry at two of the nation’s most complex superfund sites.

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1500 SW First Ave, Suite 985
Portland, OR 97201

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