For our 29th year, we continue the tradition of gathering the most active, diverse, and experienced Oregon water law experts to address the issues of the day.
Our program will provide an update on recent water-related legislative and administrative developments, along with discussions of the key issues driving water policy. Practitioners from a wide array of viewpoints will address complex water supply and management challenges in several of Oregon’s watersheds, along with other recent decisions involving water distribution, water access, storage permits, and hydropower licensing.
We will cover developments involving new EPA regulations on water quality, the Clean Water Act, and impacts on agricultural lands; and this year’s program will include a look into the disproportionate impacts of water pollution.
We hope you will join us for this excellent program.
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David E. Filippi, Program Co-Chair, is a member of Stoel Rives LLP. He concentrates his practice on water rights and water quality, fish and wildlife law, and project facility siting and permitting.
Richard M. Glick, Program Co-Chair, practices water and environmental law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He represents individual and corporate farms, irrigation districts and municipal water utilities.
Bruce Brody-Heine, RG, LHG, CWRE, is a principal hydrogeologist at GSI Water Solutions, Inc. He navigates the state water rights process and procedures to identify long-term water supply alternatives.
Lisa Brown has been a staff attorney with WaterWatch of Oregon since 2004. She has worked with Northwest conservation groups on watershed and aquatic habitat protection projects for many years.
Thomas M. Byler is Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He previously served as Dir. of the OR Watershed Enhancement Board and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for Gov’s Kulongoski & Kitzhaber.
Direlle R. Calica serves the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians as an Energy & Water Policy Coordinator. She has extensive experience with hydro-system operations and hydro-power issues.
Dominic M. Carollo is a partner with Yockim Carollo LLP, representing industries, businesses, landowners & local governments with relationships to the timber, agriculture, water and mining sectors.
J.R. Cook is the Director of Northeast Oregon Water Association. He has over a decade of experience in water policy and an extensive knowledge of economic and natural resources issues in Eastern Oregon.
Mary Anne Cooper is the Vice President of Public Policy at the Oregon Farm Bureau. She represents the Bureau on legal issues and works with state and federal agencies on water quality and supply issues.
Tony DeFalco is the Executive Director at Verde, a tax-exempt nonprofit group that serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy.
Beth S. Ginsberg is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP. For over 30 years, she has litigated natural resource, wildlife and environmental cases and counseled on regulatory compliance and permitting issues.
Patti Goldman is the Managing Attorney of the Northwest Office of Earthjustice. She has extensive experience in the ESA and has litigated cases to protect orcas, salmon, and Northwest forests.
Justin Green is the Water Quality Division Administrator for the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality. He focuses on ensuring statewide quality/consistency and finding solutions to complex problems.
Niki J. Iverson is the Water Director for the City of Hillsboro, where she manages the City’s Water Department and several Divisions that oversee the water supply, water delivery, and utility operations.
Olivier Jamin is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He provides legal advice on federal and state environmental compliance & regulatory issues, as well as energy, land use, and litigation matters.
Peter R. Jarvis, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, practices primarily in attorney professional responsibility and risk management. He advises lawyers, law firms, corporate & government legal departments.
Sarah R. Liljefelt is a shareholder at Schroeder Law Offices PC, representing water users throughout the West on “everything water” and associated property and public lands issues.
Matthew A. Love is a partner at Cascadia Law Group PLLC. He has over 20 years’ experience focusing on permitting and litigation matters involving federal and state natural resource and environmental law.
Kirk B. Maag co-leads the Agribusiness, Food, and Beverage Team at Stoel Rives LLP and has deep roots in Oregon agriculture. He grew up working on his family’s irrigated farm and feedlot in eastern Oregon.
Jennifer Miller is Vice President of the Water and Environment Business Unit of David Evans and Associates, Inc. She specializes in natural/water resources management and wastewater infrastructure.
Merissa A. Moeller is an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. She advises clients on water resource development, water rights, water quality permitting and certifications, natural resources, and land use matters.
Laurie Rule is a Senior Attorney at Advocates for the West, a public interest nonprofit environmental law firm. She manages cases protecting public lands and wildlife in Oregon, California, and Idaho.
Tracy Rutten serves as an Intergovernmental Relations Associate for the League of Oregon Cities, advocating for water supply/quality, energy, environmental issues, solid waste, recycling & public contracting.
Steven L. Shropshire is a shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC with over 20 years’ experience in natural resources & environmental law. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of Oregon’s top water lawyers.
Mary Lou Soscia is the Columbia River Coordinator for the U.S. EPA, Region 10. She leads implementation of the Columbia River Basin Restoration program and led the Toxics Reduction Working Group.
Adam Sussman is a Principal Water Resources Consultant for GSI Water Solutions, Inc. and leads the water rights & resources practice. He is an expert in state water rights process, policy and procedures.
Trisha Thompson is a litigation attorney at Holland & Knight LLP, where her practice focuses on ethics and risk management for law firms and lawyers, as well as commercial and employment litigation.