Jay T. Waldron
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Jay Waldron has developed a diverse practice in the areas of environmental and energy law and trial practice. He has tried complex cases in federal and state courts and has briefed and argued several energy and environmental cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has made numerous appearances before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Waldron has represented clients at nearly two dozen state and federal superfund sites and drafted dozens of power sales and power purchase agreements. He has advised clients in the siting of numerous facilities from landfills to power plants, from pipelines to gold mines. He has developed a reputation for suggesting innovative solutions to difficult issues and earned the respect of the environmental and the regulatory communities. He has written numerous articles in his specialties, including chapters in the Oregon State Bar handbooks on Environmental Law and on Damages. He authored "Navigating Environmental Law for Client Success" in The Legal Impact of Climate Change. Mr. Waldron is named one of Oregon's top attorneys in Oregon Super Lawyers and in Best Lawyers in America.
Current cases include Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and energy matters in federal court; the siting of coal export facilities and data processing centers; Klamath water rights adjudication, and energy contract litigation. He has obtained a $100 million award in international arbitration on an energy contract and a $10 million award against the State of Oregon in a forest trust land dispute. Recently, he obtained $9.7 million for Coos County in a natural gas pipeline construction dispute and a jury verdict for $1.7 million in a water pricing dispute. He also recently participated in the settlement of a $2 billion energy pricing dispute.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Waldron served six years as president of the Port of Portland Commission. He is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Oregon Health & Science University and serves on the Board of Lewis & Clark College, where he recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee. He is co-convenor of the Columbia River Clean Diesel Project and has been the Chair of the ABA TIPS environmental law committee. He has served on a number of boards, including the North Clackamas School Board, the Oregon Law Foundation, the Clackamas County Planning Commission, the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners, the Campaign for Equal Justice, and the Portland Metropolitan Studies Institute. He clerked for Judge Otto Skopil, Jr., of the U.S. District Court of Oregon and received the Oregon State Bar Public Service Award for pro bono work.
He is a director of the U.S. Rugby Foundation, a founder of the firm's East County Legal Clinic, and helped draft the Oregon State Bar standard for pro bono activities by lawyers. Mr. Waldron has played, coached and broadcast rugby on a regional, national and international level. He has also taken whitewater rafting and motorcycle adventure trips on six continents.
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
United States District Court, District of Oregon
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (1974)
University of Virginia, Ph.D. program (1968-1970)
University of Virginia, Master of Arts degree in English (1968)
Providence College, Bachelor of Arts degree in English (1967)