Washington Business Advocates was founded in 2013 to defend area licensed professionals and small business owners in investigations and hearings before Washington state agencies. Since then Washington Business Advocates has helped more than 120 area business owners and licensed professionals win their case in an administrative hearing in Washington State. 

Most state agencies allow only a few weeks before an investigator's report will be irreversible (even if it is wrong). The consequences of ignoring a state investigator's charges can be very severe. Revocation, suspension, or even voluntary surrender of a professional license can prevent the license holder from ever again working with vulnerable adults or children, or in any job where he or she might be in a facility where these patients are treated. Even more serious is the fact that the negative action will be reported in an FBI criminal background check nationwide. Protect yourself. Fight for a fair ruling. 

If you or someone you know is being investigated by a state agency for regulatory compliance issues or alleged professional misconduct, Washington Business Advocates can help. 

Washington Business Advocates supports business owners and professionals in Washington who want to focus on their business rather than spend their time navigating a complicated bureaucracy. 

We promote accuracy, transparency, and accountability for administrative agencies, boards, and commissions in Washington state. 

Our people

Lead attorney Elizabeth Steen is the manager of the professional license defense and agency hearing team. She has worked extensively in matters involving state and federal agency investigations, audits, and hearings in the healthcare field in Washington state. She has also negotiated, audited, and reviewed for compliance businesses and non-profit agencies in Washington, D.C. She brings to her work experience in the office of Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) of Michigan. In addition to her work as a lawyer, she has served as the secretary of the treasury for the Ward One Democratic Party and provided pro bono legal services to the Washington Park and People non-profit organization, which provides grant funding to organizations committed to developing green spaces.

She earned her J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2007. She is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and Washington State



Richard Steen is the business manager and adviser for all operations involving administrative state agency investigations, charges, negotiations, and hearings. Richard operates two successful small businesses in the field of financial investments and housing. He has more than 40 years experience as a manager. He is an inventor and previously built a manufacturing business from the ground up. 

Richard maintains a vacation home outside Denver and skis in his spare time. 

Jeff Steen is the president and manager for all in-house operations. Jeff has owned and operated three successful small businesses. He has more than 20 years experience as a manager. 

Jeff is also a professional musician. He composes in his spare time and plays 32 instruments, including the saxophone, piano, guitar, and ukulele.