Steven Law Office

Dedicated to landlord tenant relations

About Our Lawyers

Attorney Eric M. Steven

Principal

Location: Spokane, Washington
Email: E-mail Me

Eric M. Steven is the principal at Steven Law Office in Spokane with a practice emphasis in the area of landlord-tenant relations and housing. He practices in both state and federal courts in all counties east of the Cascades in Washington and Northern Idaho. Mr. Steven litigates landlord/tenant cases involving eviction, ejectment, commercial litigation, fair housing claims, and a variety of other landlord-tenant issues. He is one of the few attorneys in Washington to actually defend a fair housing case in a federal court jury trial. Mr. Steven is acting counsel for numerous property owners, landlords, management companies, mobile home parks, subsidized housing providers, and the Spokane Housing Authority. He is active in legislative reform and was advisory counsel for the Washington Apartment Association (www.waapt.org) now Washington Rental Owner’s Association. Mr. Steven is also affiliated with the Manufactured Housing Communities of Washington (MHCW) and Washington Multi-Family Housing Association (WMFHA).

Mr. Steven received his B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and his J.D. degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990. Mr. Steven is a member of the Washington State, Idaho, Spokane County, Federal, and Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar Associations. He is the author of numerous CLE, landlord training manuals and industry articles.

As a licensed Instructor in Real Estate, Mr. Steven frequently lectures to attorneys, property managers, law enforcement, and owners at continuing legal education programs. For the last several years, Mr. Steven has been an invited speaker at the “Trends” Conference in Seattle, Washington – the Northwest’s largest rental housing management conference. As one of the most highly evaluated CLE instructors statewide in 2003, Mr. Steven was selected by the Washington State Bar Association to speak in the WSBA Encore “Best of CLE” series. Mr. Steven was an invited speaker at the Washington State Bar Association Real Property Section year-end meeting in 2012, the mid-year meeting in 2014 and again in 2016. For the last several years, Mr. Steven has been an invited speaker at the HUD/WSHRC Annual Spring Fair Housing Conference in Spokane, Washington.

Mr. Steven has partnered with IFHC to provide fair housing training in Idaho.

Publications

  • From Landlord/Tenant to Debt Collector/Consumer and Back Again, Gonzaga Law Review, Vol. 35, 1999-2000, Number 2
  • Fair Housing-Landlords’ Perspective, The Advocate, Vol. 57 No. 3/4 March/April 2014
  • A Comparison of Residential Tenancies in Idaho and Washington State (2013), now available on the internet at on the Idaho Bar Association website (isb.idaho.gov/pdf/temp/tenancy_law.pdf).
Michelle Myers

Michelle Myers

Senior Associate Attorney

Michelle Myers is a former Paralegal for Steven Law Office, with approximately ten years’ experience in landlord/tenant matters. Mrs. Myers is now a duly licensed attorney in Washington State.

Mrs. Myers is originally from Arizona, but is truly a Pacific Northwest girl at heart. She spent her early years in Spokane and relocated Nezperce, Idaho, where she attended high school. After high school, she moved onto college courses at North Idaho College, later transferring to Gonzaga University to complete her undergraduate studies in sociology and criminal justice. Mr. Steven was so impressed by Mrs. Myers abilities and work ethic that he agreed to sponsor her in the WSBA Rule 6 Law Clerk Program to transition from paralegal to lawyer. 

Mrs. Myers successfully completed the APR 6 Program, thereby earning the privilege to sit for the July, 2016 Washington State Uniform Bar Exam.She passed the WA bar on her first attempt, and started practicing immediately after her admission to the bar. 

Mrs. Myers joined Quiroga Law Offices in May, 2017 as an associate lawyer. She handled cases involving immigration, family law, elder law, landlord/tenant relations, and bankruptcy. Mrs. Myers returned to Steven Law Office in September, 2017. Today, Mrs. Myers is the Senior Associate Attorney at Steven Law Office.

Mrs. Myers believes anything is possible if you are willing to go the extra mile to make it happen. At an early age, she was taught that there are no free lunches in this world; that if you want to achieve something, you must want it more than you fear it, and be willing to commit yourself 100%.

EDUCATION

  • Gonzaga University – (2005-2008); B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology
  • Washington State Bar Association Rule 6 Law Clerk Graduate 4/30/2016 

CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES/MEMBERSHIPS

Washington State Bar Association (Licensed 10/13/2016)
American Bar association
Spokane County Bar Association
SCBA – Young Lawyer’s Division
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Immigration Court
WSBA Law Clerk Board Member – January, 2019 – present

Jean Paul Barnard

Jean Paul Barnard

Associate Attorney

About Steven Law Office

Steven Law Office is located in Spokane, Washington in the immediate vicinity of the Spokane County Court House. Steven Law Office represents landlords, lessors, property management companies, homeowners, affordable housing providers, mobile home parks, manufactured home communities, and homeowners’ associations in matters related to occupancy and fair housing issues. We represent commercial landlords as well as residential landlords. We perform evictions, ejectments, and lien proceedings against individuals who fail to perform their duties as tenants or occupants of real property. Mr. Steven provides services in all counties east of the Cascade Mountains. Mr. Steven is counsel for the local Housing Authority and we are well-versed in tax credit, section 8, public housing, and other affordable housing programs.

Associates Michelle Myers and Jean Paul Barnard are highly skilled lawyers focusing on landlord tenant laws.

A large part of our practice is dedicated to defending property owners charged with housing discrimination and violations of tenant’s civil rights. We work closely with HUD and the Human Rights Commission to resolve these issues. We are experienced in litigations in both state and federal court.

New and existing clients are welcome to bring, or send, new cases to our office, without appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. You may start your case by e-mailing or faxing documents to our office. Please contact our office today to request a landlord-tenant packet with sample leases and forms.

Since housing is what we do, we are uniquely qualified represent you and your housing issues. My practice emphasis has enabled us to generate a large resource library which enables me and my staff to properly answer your questions and efficiently service your needs.

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  • Local: 509-325-8777
  • Fax: 509-444-1111

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Areas of Practice

  • Landlord-Tenant Relations and Housing
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Ejectment
  • Eviction
  • Fair Housing Claims

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. – 1990
  • University of Oklahoma
    • B.A. – 1987

Published Works

  • From Landlord/Tenant to Debt Collector/Consumer and Back Again, Gonzaga Law Review, Vol. 35, 1999-2000, Number 2
  • Fair Housing-Landlords’ Perspective, The Advocate, Vol. 57 No. 3/4 March/April 2014
  • A Comparison of Residential Tenancies in Idaho and Washington State (2013), now available on the internet at on the Idaho Bar Association website (isb.idaho.gov/pdf/temp/tenancy_law.pdf).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington Apartment Association, Acting Counsel
  • Inland Empire Landlord Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member

Recent Awards

  •  2018 Housing Law Firm of the Year from Lawyer Monthly Magazine
    View the magazine article.
  • Eric Steven named top 200 lawyers in Spokane CDA Living Magazine

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Steven Law Office

1403 West Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Map & directions

Phone: 509-325-8777
Fax: 509-444-1111

Steven Law Office provides experienced legal representation to landlords in Spokane, Cheney, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Ellensburg, Grand Coulee, Yakima, Kennewick, Moses Lake, Pasco, Pullman, Richland, Sunnyside, Walla Walla, Spokane County, Yakima County, Chelan County, Kittitas County, Grant County, Benton County, Franklin County, Walla Walla County, Whitman County Washington and all other counties east of the Cascade Mountains.