Claire Tonry joined Smith & Lowney in July, 2011. Her work focuses on citizen enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Prior to joining Smith & Lowney, Claire operated a solo law practice representing public interest clients, individuals and sustainable businesses. Much of her practice has aimed to reduce polluted runoff from industrial and construction sites.
Claire earned her J.D. and certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, with a focus in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2009. During law school, Claire was a director of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, a student attorney with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, a volunteer with the Northwest Environmental Eefense Center, and worked as a law clerk for the Sequoia Forestkeeper in California, and Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal in Washington D.C. Through these organizations Claire gained experience in litigation, administrative appeals and advocacy under a variety of state and federal statutes, including the Endangered Species Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act. Claire's academic work includes two significant papers on the consumer and animal welfare implications of animal products advertised as "humane".
Claire holds a B.A., with honors, in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Oregon.
Claire is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.
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