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Steve Seward

Steve Seward

Steve Seward206.920.4129

Practice and Background

Steve’s practice focuses primarily on business transactions, such as the acquisition and disposition of companies and their assets (including consideration of tax, financing, and other issues for those transactions), and business counseling on the financial, legal, and regulatory issues faced by startup and operating companies. In addition, Steve advises operating entities on strategic planning, succession, and similar business life-cycle considerations. While Steve’s practice has been national in scope, much of his work has been in Alaska, with a particular focus on representation of Alaska Native Corporations in business operations and transactions, natural resource development, and implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Steve has practiced in national law firms, founded three law firms, and served as general counsel of a Forbes 200 company. Alongside his law practice, Steve is a senior vice president of a $100+ million equipment business. He was also the Senior Assistant to Idaho Governor John V. Evans and the State Budget Director of the State of Idaho.


  • LL.M., Taxation, University of Washington
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1986
  • B.A., Special Honors in Economics, University of Texas, 1972

Honors and Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers
  • Boyd Martin Award for outstanding service benefiting Idaho cities
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Washington
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, 2017-2020; Chair 2019-2020
  • Board of Directors, EarthCorps, 2017-2020
  • Board of Directors, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, 2017-2019
  • Board of Directors, Student Conservation Association, 2009-2017; Chair, 2014-2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Independent Colleges of Washington, 2004-2010, 2011-2017
  • Inaugural Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Alaska Satellite Campus, 2016, 2017
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Washington School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, 2004, 2005
  • Chair, Condominium Act Study Committee, 2004-2005
  • Member, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 2001-2006
  • Chair, Washington State Intangibles Taxation Committee, 1995-1996
  • Chair, Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, 1991-1993
  • Chair, Washington State High Technology Study Committee, 1992-1993
  • Chair, Washington State Software Taxation Committee, 1990-1991
  • Member, Washington Governor’s Capital Forum, 1990
  • Member, Governor’s Committee on Washington’s Financial Future, 1987-1988