Broad experience, effective communication and disciplined execution help provide meaningful solutions.
Joe Furia focuses his practice on environmental and natural resources law. Prior to Landye Bennett Blumstein, he served as general counsel and policy director for the conservation nonprofit, The Freshwater Trust where Joe led a four-person legal team and outside counsel on all legal matters including contracts, corporations, fundraising, litigation defense, intellectual property, and employment. He also directed policy efforts on natural resources, water quality and water quantity issues in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and nationally, including water quality trading legislation, rules and guidance, Clean Water Act Section 401 certifications, natural resource agency budgets and management plans, Natural Resources Damages Act compliance, and state surface water and groundwater legislation, rules and management plans.
Joe previously practiced at a private firm with a focus on environment, land and natural resources issues, energy regulation and development projects, and commercial litigation. He advised clients on issues arising from a broad range of regulatory programs under state and federal law, including Superfund, Washington Model Toxics Control Act, Oregon water rights, the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Federal Power Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Washington Forest Practices Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Mining Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act, Endangered Species Act, Administrative Procedures Act, and state corollaries. Joe also assisted clients with the siting of energy projects, the drafting of energy transmission, generation and interconnection agreements, and commercial litigation issues.
Prior to legal practice Joe worked in business development and government affairs for a hybrid vehicle company and a Silicon-Valley technology company.
Joe helps clients identify environmental and natural resource issues; he provides solutions to benefit the bottom line and the environment. Experience in business, government, nonprofits and private practice helps him to see all sides of complex issues. His solutions accommodate political and economic realities and help clients accomplish their goals.
If he wasn’t a lawyer, he would enjoy conserving and restoring wildlife habitat. If he could live anywhere he wanted, Joe would still live in Portland. When he’s not at work, he enjoys time with his family, his bird dog, and his boat.
Admitted to Practice
- United States District Court for the District of Oregon
- Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 2008
- Environment/Natural Resources Law Certificate
- Natural Resources Law Scholarship
- Environmental Law Review (Ninth Circuit Review, Online Managing Editor)
- Yale College, B.A. with Distinction, 2000
Memberships & Recognition
- Oregon State Bar Environment and Natural Resources Section
- American Bar Association, Section on Environmental and Natural Resources