Jeanette is a highly organized and practical solutions-driven attorney with extensive commercial, transactional, and regulatory experience. Jeanette's experience includes drafting, analyzing, and negotiating a broad range of commercial contracts, including professional service agreements, transportation agreements, settlement agreements, and non-disclosure agreements, as well as negotiating agreements with federal and state government agencies. She regularly conducts due diligence for commercial and real estate transactions.
Jeanette is Chair of the firm's Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Group. As part of that team, she advises clients on compliance with complex regulatory requirements under federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations — with an emphasis on the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) — in the context of buying and selling contaminated property, regulatory agency enforcement defense, and contaminated site investigation and cleanup (including the Portland Harbor Superfund Site).
Jeanette began her career as a Research Assistant at Portland’s VA Medical Center and R.W. Franz Cancer Research Center. During law school, Jeanette served as the associate editor of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Environmental Law Journal.
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They have found that discovering new vistas at their own pace is worth the pain of spotty Wi-Fi and scarce hookups that come with traveling in remote sections of the country. One of the best perks of traveling by Airstream is being able to stop as needed to track down birds at varying elevations and habitats. Jeanette has an ornithology-focused zoology degree from Northern Arizona University. When she later pursued her J.D., she was drawn to Lewis & Clark Law School for its strong environmental and natural resources program. Is it any wonder that Jeanette now has a thriving environmental law practice that blends scientific study, natural world experience, and legal expertise?
While in the scenic town of Sedona, Arizona on their second outing, Jeanette received a lesson on the parenting style of Black Hawks. After spying a pair bringing food to a nest not far from her campsite, she moved in to get a closer look at the fledglings – she was promptly dive bombed by one of the parents perched nearby. Who says bird watching isn’t an action hobby?
With two interstate Airstream trips in the books, Jeanette is having fun mapping out future routes and creating bird-spotting lists. At the top of the wish list is a visit to Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains and Painted Hills. Loops through Bryce Canyon, Zion, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks are in the works for next fall. Beyond that, the road is wide open!
Featured Representative Matters
Represented Auto Dealer in Simultaneous Property Transactions
Lumber Mill Redevelopment
Underground Injection Control Well Closure
Transfer of Contaminated Property
Stormwater Compliance Counseling
Stimson Lumber Co. v. International Paper Co
Renewable Project Finance
Portland Harbor Superfund Site (CERCLA)
Petroleum Contamination and Vapor Intrusion Remediation
Offsetting Civil Penalties Through Supplemental Environmental Projects
Mining Waste Cleanup
Agricultural Property Redevelopment
Lacey Act Compliance
Hazardous Waste (RCRA) Violation Defense
Environmental Audit Oversight
Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions
Due Diligence in Bankruptcy Proceedings
Dry Cleaning Operation Cleanup
Clean Water Act Violation Defense
Clean Air Act Permitting for Renewable Energy Projects
Clean Air Act Defense
Tonkon Torp Secures Regulatory Closure of a Clean-Up Site
Tonkon Torp helped a small Northwest nonprofit organization, Columbia Dance Center, resolve an unexpected environmental problem. Find details and more featured cases here.
Diverse Team Aids Greenbrier in Joint Venture
Tonkon Torp acted as Oregon corporate counsel for its long-term client The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. in finalizing a 50/50 joint venture with Watco Companies, L.L.C. The venture combines the two companies’ railcar repair, refurbishment and maintenance businesses into a new organization, GBW Railcar Services, LLC.
Tonkon Torp Leads Oregon Grocery Chain Out of Bankruptcy
In one of the quickest and most successful conclusions of a grocery chain bankruptcy proceeding, Tonkon Torp secured court approval of a reorganization plan for C&K Market, Inc., to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy just seven months after filing. Find details and more featured cases here.
Community Involvement & Activities
American Bar Association
Co-Chair Environmental Committee/Business Law Section
Women in Environment
Portland Business Alliance
Leadership Portland Class of 2011
Multnomah Bar Association
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List
Jeanette Schuster Hosts Panel on Pending Changes to Environmental Due Diligence Standards
Jeanette Schuster Delves into Deeds at Oregon Conservation Law Forum
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List
Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2020 Ranking
2020 List for Best Lawyers in America® Includes 48 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
Environmental & Natural Resources Group Organizes SOLVE IT Earth Day Cleanup Project
Chambers USA Names 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2019 Ranking
Oregon Senate Passes Brownfields Land Bank Bill
Publications & Presentations
"Oregon Forms of Deeds," Oregon Coalition of Land Trusts, April 2021
Moderator: "Legal Issues and Enforcement," Northwest Environmental Business Council, Managing Stormwater in Oregon Conference, June 2017
"Oregon Senate Passes Brownfields Land Bank Bill," Tonkon Torp Legal Update, June 2015
Moderator and presenter: "Real Environmental Concerns in Real Property and Business Transactions," American Bar Association Business Law Section's Environmental Committee, Webinar, February 2014
Moderator: "Real Environmental Concerns in Real Property and Business Transactions," American Bar Association Business Law Section, Washington, DC, April 2013
"Clean Water Act Overview," Half Moon Seminars, December 2010
"Hot Environmental Topics – Endangered Species Act," American Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, April 2010