Water Law
Tonkon Torp understands the pressing questions surrounding the use of water and the complexities in water law. We help navigate administrative processes for obtaining water rights. We look for creative solutions to meet water needs and to resolve contentious water disputes.

We call upon our years of experience, while also staying up-to-date on emerging issues, including declining groundwater levels and climate change predictions. Our clients include:
  • Large and small-scale agricultural operations
  • Commercial and residential developers
  • Financing sources and investors
  • Hydroelectric power producers
  • Renewable energy developers
  • Recreational businesses
  • Non-governmental organizations
We provide representation before state and federal administrative agencies, courts, and legislatures. We integrate water law expertise with other practice areas including real estate and land use, energy, government relations, public policy, and environmental law.
Our water law experience covers a broad range of legal services.

Transactions

We have assisted clients on a variety of transactions involving water law and water rights, including:
  • Water rights acquisition
  • Purchase, sale, lease, or donation of water rights
  • Analysis of water rights, due diligence, title searches, and water rights audits
  • Change or modification of water rights
  • Mitigation plans and water exchanges
  • Easements and other water access issues
  • Impact of environmental regulations on water use
  • Advisory opinions for new water dependent or water-related businesses
  • Waterway ownership disputes
  • Mitigation banking

Water Law Litigation

  • Agency contested cases
  • Water rights adjudication
  • Disputes in state and federal courts

Administrative Law/State & Federal Permitting

  • Representation in administrative rule making proceedings
  • Pre-application consultations
  • Permit applications
  • Compliance resolution

Government Relations

  • Representation in state and federal legislative matters
  • Consultation with state and federal legislators, state and federal agency policy representatives, and others within the private and public interest sectors involved in making public policy

Attorneys

Janet  Neuman

Janet Neuman

Senior Counsel

Acquisition of 540 Acres, Subject to Conservation Easement

Represented the Columbia Land Trust in the acquisition of 540 acres from the Port of Vancouver, USA in the Vancouver Lake Bottomlands, subject to a conservation easement requiring that the land be actively managed to provide a feeding and nesting area for the costal flock of the Pacific Flyway population of Sandhill cranes.

Clean Water Act Violation Defense

Negotiated settlements with third-party citizen-suit claimants under the Clean Water Act.

Water Right Transfers

Represented clients in matters concerning the purchase and sale of water and water rights.

Water Rights Contested Case Defense

Represented hydro-power producers in water rights contested case proceedings before the Oregon Department of Water Resources and appellate courts.

Water Rights Protection

Represented clients in administrative proceedings to secure new and protect existing water rights.

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Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more…
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Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 20 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its 2020 USA Guide. Eighteen of the Tonkon Torp attorneys named have been previously ranked by Chambers.
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Janet Neuman Honored by the OSB Environmental & Natural Resources Section

The Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section honored Tonkon Torp attorney Jan Neuman with the 2019 ENR Section Award. Among the many accomplishments Jan has achieved in the area of water and environmental law, the Executive…
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Tonkon Torp Practice Areas Ranked in 2020 U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2020 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for six business law service categories including Land Use & Zoning Law, Securities Regulation, Commercial…
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2020 List for Best Lawyers in America® Includes 48 Tonkon Torp Attorneys

Forty-eight Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020. A majority of attorneys have been named to the list in past years, and most have been recognized for more than five…
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Janet Neuman Joins Oregon State Parks Foundation Board of Trustees

Tonkon Torp attorney Janet Neuman has joined the Board of Trustees for the Oregon State Parks Foundation
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Tonkon Torp Practice Areas Ranked in 2019 U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2019 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for six business law service categories including Land Use & Zoning Law, Securities Regulation, Commercial…
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Best Lawyers in America® Names 51 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2019 List

Fifty-one Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 41 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019. Nearly all attorneys have been named to the list in past years, and have been recognized for more than five years
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Janet  Neuman
Practice Area Chair

Janet Neuman

Senior Counsel