Laura D. Beaton

Ms. Beaton joined the firm in 2013 as an environmental law fellow. She represents community groups and public agencies on a broad range of environmental and land use issues, including CEQA, NEPA, the Subdivision Map Act, and Proposition 65. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in Earthjustice’s Bozeman, Montana office, where her practice focused on advising clients on and litigating cases under state and federal environmental statutes including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. She has also handled cases involving energy development, mining, and the expansion of hydraulic fracturing in the west.

photo by Liza Heider

In 2011, Ms. Beaton graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and earned a certificate in Environment and Natural Resources Law. During law school, she worked at Earthjustice, the Western Environmental Law Center, and Cascadia Wildlands, and she was a co-director of the 2010 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. She also served as Operations Editor of Oregon Law Review and was a tutor for the law school’s Legal Research and Writing Program.

Ms. Beaton graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Prior to that, she conducted wildlife surveys for the arboreal red tree vole on federal lands in the Pacific Northwest.

Ms. Beaton is a member of the Bars of the State of California and the State of Montana (inactive). She serves on the Boards of Directors of Cascadia Wildlands and The Erythromelalgia Association.