WASHINGTON (AP) _ Steven A. Martindale, Washington lawyer and lobbyist known for the parties he threw, died Wednesday at George Washington University Hospital.

Martindale, 46, had AIDS and had been writing an article on his struggle with the disease for Washingtonian magazine, which will publish it in a forthcoming issue.

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Martindale served on the staff of then-Sen. Charles Goodell, R-N.Y. and turned to public relations when Goodell left the Senate in 1971. Recently he had been associated with Saudi billionaire Adnan Kashoggi and wrote a book about him published last year in Britain under the title ''By Hook or By Crook.''

He was the subject of a Washington Post profile in 1974 describing how his parties gained him entree into the circles of the powerful. In a 1987 article in the newspaper he was asked why the powerful Washington party hostesses - he was a rare host in the calling - had disappeared. His answer, in part: ''The press scared everybody off.''

He is survived by his parents and a brother.