Douglas Steding

Doug is the managing partner of Northwest Resource Law. His law practice thrives at the confluence of science and highly charged social opinion. As both an attorney and a scientist, with a Ph.D. focused on air and water pollution from human activities, Doug has a rare understanding of what it takes to sustainably and profitably conduct business in the natural environment.

Doug focuses his practice on industries he understands scientifically, politically, and professionally, and on clients with the utmost integrity and business acumen. He strongly believes that Washington businesses, including his clients, must use local natural resources to sustainably meet the needs of our community, but this view is often met with public and political opposition. Doug therefore frequently guides his clients though complicated business constraints that arise when environmental policies, societal pressures, and the law intersect. He challenges each obstruction or disapproval by understanding the science behind why it is responsible to move forward and then drawing on his expertise to gain the requisite approvals to do so.

Doug also provides strategic and holistic guidance amidst environmental crises that pose threats to a business. His advice is predicated on science, a thorough understanding of the client’s business, and his unique ability to create an effective plan under both time and political pressures. Doug takes a long-view in these challenging situations, and crafts multi-faceted approaches to resolving liability in a way that minimizes his clients’ risk so they can focus on running their business rather than resolving legal problems.

Doug’s practice is focused on several key areas including environmental litigation, industrial permitting, crisis and incident response, and remediation of contaminated lands and sediments. He represents businesses that form the core of the Pacific Northwest economy, including aquaculture, marine transportation and ship building, oil and gas companies, and other businesses that depend on our abundant natural resources.

Admitted to practice in Washington.


University of Washington School of Law
Juris Doctorate

University of Santa Cruz
Ph.D, Earth Sciences/Geochemistry

University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science, Geology

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101 Yesler Way, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98104

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