Michael O'Connell

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
SU E-mail:  oconnelm@seattleu.edu
Other E-mail: moconnellnw@outlook.com



J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1977, Editor-in-chief, Denver Law Journal, Order of St. Ives
B.A, Brockport State College, political science, 1969


Water Law


Michael O'Connell is a solo attorney in Shoreline, Washington. Previously, he was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP where he focused on project development involving natural resources, environmental, energy, water rights and Indian law matters. Michael assisted a broad range of clients throughout the West, including public ports, energy producers (hydropower, solar, wind, gas, ethanol, oil and gas developers, pipeline owners), forestry, food processing, shopping center and golf course developers, Indian tribes and parties engaged in business or other transactions with Indian tribes. Michael previously served as General Counsel for the Hopi Tribe in Arizona, the Office of Reservation Attorney for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation and Quinault Indian Nation in Washington, and with Evergreen Legal Services' Native American Project.

In Indian law matters, Michael has assisted clients on projects on and outside Indian reservations, including litigation in tribal, state and federal courts, business transactions, energy project development, water rights, tribal water quality standards, leases and rights of ways over tribal and individual trust land, tribal and state taxation, employment, tribal self-government and sovereignty, tribal regulatory authority, and tribal sovereign immunity. Michael also assisted clients with historic and cultural resources compliance, including traditional cultural properties or TCPs, human remains, and fossils.