When our clients’ businesses intersect with the complexities of water law, we’re here to help. We commonly work with large- and small-scale agricultural operations, hydroelectric power producers, commercial and residential developers, mining operations and recreational businesses.

While water disputes are an age-old legal concern, challenges like declining groundwater levels and climate change predictions are giving rise to new areas of legal need. Our industry experts keep a close eye on recent legal, regulatory and scientific developments to keep our clients well informed.

To support our clients, we offer services including:
  • Purchase, sale, lease or donation of water rights
  • Analysis of water rights, due diligence, title searches, water rights audits (e.g., purchase and sale, asset valuation, secured financing structures and estate planning)
  • Change or modification of water rights
  • Mitigation plans and water exchanges
  • Easements and other water access issues
  • Advisory opinions for new water-dependent or water-related businesses
  • Water project development financing
  • Waterway ownership disputes
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Representation in state and federal legislative matters
Janet  Neuman

Janet Neuman

Senior Counsel

Tonkon Torp Litigators Win Judgment on Lake Oswego Access Question

A prolonged, high-profile dispute about public access to Oswego Lake was resolved recently when Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Henry Breithaupt issued an opinion upholding the City of Lake Oswego’s right to control access to the lake from the City’s public park.

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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Jan Neuman Co-Authors Study on Water and Growing Cities in Western United States

Tonkon Torp attorney Jan Neuman co-authored the study "Water and Growing Cities: A Survey of Western Water Requirements for Urban Development" prepared by the Board of Advisors for the Dividing the Waters general conference.
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