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Richard's practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law and tribal government matters, with an emphasis on environmental regulation and litigation, water and natural resource law, Native American law, administrative law, and inter-governmental negotiations.

He counsels private and public sector clients in regulatory program development, compliance and enforcement, environmental risk management, hazardous substance cleanup, natural resource damages, Brownfield development, and tribal economic development.

Richard chair's the firm's Tribal Government Practice Group.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 50%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
  3. Native Peoples Law: 20%

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Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

999 Third Avenue Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
2012 Top Rated LawyerGuide to Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Kings County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Native American Resource Committee of the EnvironmentVice Chair2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law NewsletterCERCLA's Divisibility Defense: Summary Judgment Ruling in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Elucidates "Harm" for the Purposes of Divisibility/Apportionment (Co-Author)2012
ABA Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee NewsletterA Note on 'Prevailing' Parties Under CERCLA's Citizen Suit Provision?: The Award of Fees and Costs in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd.2010
Volume 21, Number 1 ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.CERCLA and Transboundary Contamination in the Columbia River," published in Natural Resources & Environment2006
The Water ReportTribal Water Quality Standards2005
Penn State Environmental Law ReviewCo-author, The Role of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Fighting to Protect and Clean-up the Boundary Waters of the United States: A Case Study of The Upper Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt Environment2004
Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental LawClosing the Circle: Tribal Implementation of the Superfund Program in the Reservation Environment1994
Environmental Claims JournalThe Assertion of Natural Resource Damage Claims by Indian Tribal Trustees1991
Short Cressman BurgessAuthority Concerning Environmental Protection RegulationsN/A
Short Cressman BurgessWaiver of Tribal Sovereign ImmunityN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLaw /Marine AffairsLL.M - Master of Laws1976
New England School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of MiamiBBAN/A1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar: Cross-Border and Inter-Provincial Environmental DisputesCross-Border U.S.-Canada Litigation2014
Webinar: Allocating CERCLA Liability: Divisibility or Section 113 Equitable ContributionDivisibility Defense Best Practices2014
Tribal Lands and the Environment: A National Forum on Solid Waste, Emergency Response, Contaminated Sites, and USTsUsing Tribal Administrative Law to Exercise Sovereignty and Protect Human Health and the Environment2012
Tribal Lands and Environment: A National ForumTribal Sovereignty and Superfund: The Power of Tribal ARARs and the Role of the EPA National Remedy Review Board2011
New EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian TribesOrigin of the EPA Indian Policy and how it has influenced EPA decision-making to date2011
A Comprehensive Conference on New Developments in Tribal Water LawRegional Issues: Differences and Commonalities2010