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Claudia M. Newman

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Extensive litigation experience in land use and environmental law representing in a wide variety of administrative and judicial forums. Litigation on environmental issues has ranged from complex litigation with statewide implications involving over a dozen state agencies, several federal agencies, and numerous local jurisdictions across the state to litigation involving single sites within a single jurisdiction.

Advising individuals and organizations on comprehensive planning, development regulations, and enforcement of land use laws.

Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on land use and environmental law.

Practice Areas

  • Land Use Law
  • State and National Environmental Law


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: Order of the Barrister
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Mathematics and Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Washington
  • Missouri

Published Works

  • City of Chicago v. Environmental Defense Fund: Searching for Plain Meaning in Unambiguous Ambiguity, (Co-author with Richard J. Lazarus), 4 N.Y.U. Envtl. L. J., 1995

Professional Associations

  • Washington Conservation Voters -- King County Chapter, Member, Board of Directors, 1996 to 2003
  • Washington Conservation Voters -- King County Chapter, Co-Chair, 1997 to 1999
  • Joint Legislative Task Force on Energy Facility Siting, Member, 2000
  • Code Enforcement Task Force for King County Council, Member, 1997
  • Referendum 48/No on "164", Legal Committee, 1995 to 1995
  • Northwest Fund for the Environment, Board of Trustees, 2011 to 2019
  • Washington Environmental Council, Board of Directors, 2008 to 2014
  • Cascadia Green Building Council, Board of Directors, 2007 to 2010
  • WSBA ADR/ELUL Land Use and Environmental Mediation Committee, Member, 2012 to Present
  • Washington State Dept. of Ecology SEPA Rulemaking Advisory Committee, Member, 2012 to 2013

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Past Positions

  • Bricklin & Gendler, LLP, Associate Attorney