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Steve grew up in the arid West, where he learned at an early age that
Western history, politics, and power are all closely linked by our most
precious resource — water. He gained an appreciation for Western water
and land issues by spending many hours accompanying his father's
geology field trips around the mountains and plains of the Rocky
Mountain region and by spending his summers working on cattle ranches.
This intimate experience with the West's resources and the people who
depend on them shapes Steve's perspective as an attorney and provides
him with a personal understanding of the unique issues faced by
landowners, businesses, and local governments who operate in the
Pacific Northwest and beyond.

As a lawyer, Steve uses this experience and knowledge to help his
clients understand and navigate the complex legal environment that
governs natural resources, environmental, real estate, and land use
matters. He advises clients in a wide variety of contexts including
transactions, administrative proceedings, and legislation. Steve is
also a seasoned litigator who effectively represents his clients before
state agencies as well as state and federal courts, having served as
counsel on several cases involving water rights issues of first
impression before Oregon, Colorado, and federal courts.


Water rights acquisitions, sales, and leases
Water rights audits and appraisals
Water rights permitting and adjudication
Water rights transfers
Water rights litigation before administrative and judicial bodies
Bureau of Reclamation project rights and contracts
Endangered Species Act audits and compliance
Wetlands and water quality compliance


Languages spoken: German

Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 50%
    22 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    22 years
  3. Agriculture: 25%
    22 years

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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leading Lawyer -- EnvironmentChambers USA2010
Forty under 40Portland Business Journal2005
Award of MeritMultnomah Bar Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociatePetros & White LLP1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lesis & Clark Law School Alumni Board of DirectorsMember2004 - Present
Oregon Water TrustBoard Member2004 - Present
Oregon Water Resources CongressBoard Member2004 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Agricultural Law SectionExecutive Committee2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section, Water Resources CommitteeMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionMember1994 - Present
Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionBoard of Directors2002 - 2003
Oregon State Bar, Environmental and Natural Resources SectionTreasurer2001 - 2002
Multnomah Bar Association, CLE CommitteeMember2001 - 2005
Multnomah Bar Association, YLS CLE CommitteeChair2000 - 2001
Oregon State Bar, Environmental and Natural Resources SectionSecretary2000 - 2001
Oregon State Bar, Environmental and Natural Resources SectionExecutive Committee1999 - 2007
Owen M. Panner American Inn of CourtMember1993 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fort Vannoy Irrigation District v. Oregon Water Resources CommissionVerdict in favor of irrigation district
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Publication nameTitleDate
OSB Environmental and Natural Resources Legislative AlertWater Rights Ownership Bill Exposes Philosophical and Legal Differences2003
Daily Journal of Commerce2003 Legislative Land Use Update2003
Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section NewsletterApproaching Water Rights as Collateral2003
Oregon InsiderMunicipal Water Use Permit Extension Rules Approved by Oregon Water Resources Commission2002
Daily Journal of CommerceSalmon Rules to Be Rewritten – But Impact Unknown2002
Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section NewsletterBush Administration and Federal Legislators Sharpen Focus on Klamath Basin2002
Daily Journal of CommerceRecent Developments Related to Oregon Wetlands2002
Oregon InsiderCommunity Water Supply Permit Extension DevelopmentsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of ColoradoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Universität Regensburg, GermanyN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Seminar Group's 16th Annual Oregon Water Law ConferenceStrategies for Success in Conducting Due Diligence & Negotiating Water Supply Contracts, Water Right Purchases & sales, and real Property Transactions2007
Lorman Water Rights Sales and Transfers in Oregon SeminarDue Diligence Issues in Water Transactions2006
Oregon Water Resources Congress Annual ConferenceNatural Resources Litigation Update2005
Lorman Water Rights Sales and Transfers In Oregon SeminarCurrent Issues in Water Marketing And Transfers2005
Columbia River Bancorp Annual Lending ConferenceWater Rights Issues in Lending2005
Oregon Association of Nurseries Agricultural Water Rights SeminarWater Law 1012004
The Seminar Group's 12th Annual Oregon Water Law ConferenceSand Castle or Mud Pie? How Oregon's Land Use and Water Laws Affect Growth in Oregon2003
Oregon Association of Water Utilities Annual ConferenceWater Rights Issues for Public Water SuppliersN/A