Shonee Langford

Of Counsel

Industry focus

Measure twice, cut once.

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I help my clients navigate Oregon and Washington water laws. Since joining Schwabe in 2004, I have focused on water rights and in-water projects, finding straightforward solutions to complex water supply problems. My clients range from individuals, farms, and ranches, to special districts and municipalities.

I am a practical, results-oriented lawyer who recognizes that the best approach is often the simplest. My reservoir of knowledge and experience allow me to quickly identify potential solutions and provide customized, cost-effective advice. I value and draw upon the experience of colleagues, consultants, and agency personnel to help accomplish my 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.
  • Obtained mitigation for water rights in a scenic waterway, hydraulically connected groundwater, and Deschutes ground and surface water rights.
  • Assisted applicants in obtaining water rights (storage, groundwater, surface water), transfers, permit amendments and extensions, groundwater modifications, and other authorizations from and agreements with the Oregon Water Resources Department.


  • Willamette University, College of Law, Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (2004)
  • Portland State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, Philosophy, with highest honors (2000)


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


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

Community Activities

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

Outside Interests

Adventures in the great outdoors, including backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing.

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