Steve Schell’s practice focuses on environmental, land use and energy issues, as well as real estate and construction. He has nearly 40 years of experience with the firm in his areas of expertise.


Steve’s work has encompassed matters ranging from distributed generation and siting issues to endangered species, superfund and wetland issues. He has provided leadership in major climate change issues. His work includes analysis of FERC requirements, PUC-related issues, renewables, energy efficiency and entity structuring. Steve has also been involved in NPDES permit compliance, hazardous waste site remediation, wetlands permitting and enforcement issues, FEMA floodway analysis, and permitting and bar skimming controversies.


Steve has experience in virtually every facet of commercial and industrial real estate and construction. He has represented land developers, mining permitting and processing applicants. In the residential area, he has worked with owners, contractors, engineers and surveyors at each step of the development process, from land acquisition to homeowners’ associations. He has successfully negotiated issues involving leases, planning and zoning, construction loans and financing, annexations and public contract disputes, among many others.


Steve has worked with Oregon’s Department of Energy and Public Utility Commission on various energy-related issues. Steve has represented clients before local governments and state agencies including the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and, at the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NMFS). He served on Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (for three years), the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (for eight years) and the Board of the Energy Trust of Oregon (President and Board chairman for three years). He served on the Governor’s Advisory Group on Global Warming in 2004. He represents individuals and businesses, as well as city and county governments, on issues at the local, state and federal levels. He is a member of both the Oregon and Washington bars.


Steve has served as a mediator or arbitrator in numerous wetlands, construction and business disputes. He has also handled complex arbitration matters for clients.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington


  • University of Oregon, B.S. (1961)
  • University of Denver, M.A., Economics (1965)
  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D. (1968)