Laura Schroeder is an Oregon native, born and raised in the small agricultural area of Vale, Oregon. She earned her B.A. in 1972 from the University of Oregon and her J.D. in 1987 from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College. She is admitted to practice law in State and Federal Courts in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. Laura began her private practice with her father, William F. Schroeder, in Vale. She started her own firm in 1991 to better serve the needs of her clients involved in water resource matters.
Long respected in the water rights (water quantity) arena representing businesses and municipalities in transactional and litigation matters, Laura’s practice includes water rights acquisitions, sales, contracts, easements, well share and water delivery agreements, adjudications, permitting, extensions, transfers, certification, regulatory compliance and litigation of water rights disputes before state administrative bodies as well as State and Federal trial and appellate courts. She also has extensive experience working with the United States Bureau of Reclamation on behalf of her irrigation district clients in contract negotiations and title transfers. Her water rights emphasis has expanded by necessity to advise buyers and sellers in water use for real estate development including land use compliance.
As the demand for water quantity has increased with the population, Laura’s emphasis expanded into water quality issues including development of conservation and water management plans, instream leases, reuse and recharge permitting, wetlands maintenance, creation and mitigation, water quality permitting, storm drain permitting and use.
Formerly a preschool, high school and college teacher, Laura uniquely involves her clients in the legal process of their cases while providing educational opportunities for understanding the legal process. Her undergraduate degree in Theatre makes Laura an engaging, entertaining, and sought-after speaker in the water law arena.
While these challenges find Laura engaged, she continues to provide consulting advice internationally on water law development and negotiations within and between countries in water allocation, development and management.