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

Association Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Education

  • LL.M., University of Washington School of Law, Law and Marine Affairs, 1976
  • J.D., New England School of Law, 1975
  • B.B.A., University of Miami, 1968

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “How Tribes can Develop the Capacity to Implement and Enforce Environmental Programs to Protect their Natural Resources under Tribal Law and Federal Law,” Tribal Lands and Environment Forum: A National Conversation on Tribal Land and Water Resources, Spokane, Washington, August 2018

Professional and Community Activities

  • Council House (HUD subsidized senior housing) - Member and Board of Directors, 2007-2008
  • Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Cong. – Chair Security Committee, 2007-2018
  • Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Cong. - Chair Legal Committee, 2003-2006
  • Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Cong. - President, 2000-2002
  • Lakeridge Heights Homeowners Association – Chair, Allocation Committee, 1998-2000; 2016-2018
  • Washington Research Council - Member, Board of Trustees and Member Issues Identification Committee, 1997-1999
  • Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club - Member and Board of Directors, 1993-2000
  • 82nd Airborne Association - Secretary, Evergreen Chapter, 1990-1992
  • Congregation Beth Shalom - President, 1985-1987
  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1980-2017
  • Indian Law Section - Founder, First Chair and Member, of the Washington State Bar Association, 1985-2017
  • Washington Public Ports Association - Associate Member, 1997-2014
  • Legal Advisor to the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Research Center, 1997-2002
  • ABA-SONREEL Brownfields Task Force - Member, 1995-1998
  • Environmental Law and Management Education Committee – Member, 1984-1999
  • Washington Environmental Industries Association – Member, 1993-1999
  • Department of Ecology Underground Storage Tank - Advisory Committee Member, 1989-1991
  • U.S. EPA Pacific Northwest Hazardous Waste Advisory Council - Member, 1988-1990
  • Adjunct Faculty to the University of Washington with the Institute for Environmental Studies and the Graduate Environmental Management MBA Program - 1978-2000

Publications

Honors

  • Recognized as a Washington "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005-2016
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer review as AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.*
  • Included in the 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law by the American Lawyer
  • Prior to entering private practice in 1980, served for four years as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Seattle office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Served as an officer in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States and the 25th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam (1968-1971)
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