Shonee D. Langford


Shonee Langford helps his clients navigate Oregon and Washington water laws. Since joining Schwabe in 2004, Shonee has focused on water rights and in-water projects, finding straightforward solutions to complex water supply problems. His clients range from individuals, farms and ranches, to special districts and municipalities.

Shonee is a practical, results-oriented lawyer who recognizes that the best approach is often the simplest. His reservoir of knowledge and experience allows him to quickly identify potential solutions and provide customized, cost-effective advice. He values and draws upon the experience of colleagues, consultants and agency personnel to help accomplish his clients’ goals. 



  • Advised a global investment company on water rights aspects of transactions involving over 20,000 irrigated acres, including preparation and negotiation of water delivery agreements.
  • Represented a ranch client in negotiating a flow restoration agreement with The Freshwater Trust. Our client was paid to reduce irrigation for the benefit of summer steelhead.
  • Helped a social media company acquire water rights and related mitigation credits for a data center.
  • Formed a water supply district for a group of irrigators and helped the district secure water rights and a long-term water service contract with the Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Secured extension of water district permits through 2050, including successful negotiation of a settlement agreement.
  • Completed numerous water-related due diligence investigations for a national real estate investment company. 

Memberships & Awards


  • Oregon Water Resources Congress, Member
  • Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Member

Resources & Ideas

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt's Low-Income Legal Clinic, Volunteer Lawyer
  • Community Emergency Response Team, Salem, Oregon, Member
  • Chemeketans Outdoor Club, Executive Council




Oregon State Courts

Washington State Courts

Utah State Courts

Outside The Office