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Thomas Griffin

Thomas Griffin

Associate

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Oregon, U.S.A.

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Profile

Thomas Griffin represents individuals and businesses, large and small, in overcoming environmental regulatory issues, forming and operating business entities, and completing real estate transactions, including timberlands.

Thomas has a deep understanding of the agriculture and natural resources industry because he grew up on a farm in central Oregon and was involved in his family’s agribusiness from a young age. After college, he spent four years serving as a lead staff member for Congressman Greg Walden in Washington, D.C., where he developed legislative initiatives on agriculture, forestry, environment, natural resources, and energy issues. During this time, he helped to pass several natural resource bills across the House floor, including legislation to improve management of federal forests. His unique experience on Capitol Hill helps him advise clients as they navigate both state and federal regulatory systems and agencies.

In addition to his political and regulatory experience, Thomas gained practical legal experience during law school by spending two summers with Schwabe as a Summer Associate, externing for the Honorable Judge Michael McShane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and providing legal services to entrepreneurs on a pro bono basis through the Oregon Law Small Business Clinic.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif
  • Oregon State University, Bachelor of Science degree, Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management, summa cum laude
Areas of Practice
Articles

Covered by the Clean Water Act and WOTUS? Maybe Not Anymore.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, December 2018

In December of 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released their much-anticipated draft proposed rule to re-write the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) (“2018 Rule”). The definition of WOTUS establishes the scope of agency jurisdiction over waters and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA)...

Supreme Court Ruling on Critical Habitat in Dusky Gopher Frog Case
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, December 2018

The Supreme Court has handed down one of the most anticipated Endangered Species Act (ESA) rulings in recent years. In Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv., the Supreme Court unanimously overruled the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that the Fish and Wildlife Service can only designate property that is “habitat” as critical habitat under the ESA...

Additional Articles

  • Hemp Growers Beware: 2018 Farm Bill Provides Long-Term Opportunities, but Short-Term Risk Remains
  • Covered by the Clean Water Act and WOTUS? Maybe Not Anymore.
  • Supreme Court Ruling on Critical Habitat in Dusky Gopher Frog Case
  • The Lacey Act in the 21st Century: An Old Law's Renewed Clout Imposes Serious Consequences on Importers and Processors of Foreign Wood
  • Marbled Murrelet Listed as Endangered Under Oregon’s Endangered Species Act: What Does It Mean for Timber Landowners and Operators in Oregon?
  • Moro v. Oregon: Overturning Legislative Changes to ?the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) ?Leaves Limited Options for a Cash Strapped State
  • EPA Issues Notice Declining to Further Regulate Forest Road Runoff

Seminar

  • A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

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