Janet Neuman - Tonkon Torp LLP

Janet Neuman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

Jan is Senior Counsel with Tonkon Torp’s Water Law and Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Groups. She represents clients in a variety of water and natural-resource-related matters, including obtaining, transferring, and protecting water rights; addressing water conservation, distribution, policy, and management; and using and protecting both groundwater and surface water. Jan is considered one of the foremost water law specialists in Oregon and is nationally-recognized as a water law scholar. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on water law and policy.  

Jan is very knowledgeable about water and natural resource law and policy in Oregon and throughout the West. She has many years of experience with these issues and a wealth of connections with agencies, water management entities, policy makers, and water leaders. She approaches issues with a problem-solving approach. 

From 1992-2011, Jan was a tenured Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she taught Water Law, Administrative Law, Property Law, and other natural resource classes. She was also Associate Dean of Faculty and co-director of the Natural Resources Law Institute and the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project at Lewis & Clark. Prior to her academic career, Jan was Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands—the agency responsible for management of Oregon's common school fund lands and natural resources. Before working in state government, at the beginning of her legal career, Jan practiced litigation at Tonkon Torp and at the Gray Plant firm in Minneapolis.

Additional Information

Experience 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.
Wetlands Permitting Represented land development companies in wetlands permitting matters before the Oregon Department of State Lands.
Drake UniversityBA 1975Stanford Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
American Bar AssociationMultnomah Bar AssociationOregon Women Lawyers

Office Location

Pioneer Tower, Suite 1600
888 Southwest Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Water Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Janet Neuman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Water Law