Nick Lawton joined the firm as an associate attorney in September 2015. Nick received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2013 along with certificates in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Intellectual Property. After graduation, he served as an Energy Fellow, earning an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law while also helping to found the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. Before law school, Nick earned a B.A. in English, cum laude, with an emphasis in creative writing from Pomona College. He spent several years as a starving artist before deciding to put his pen to use as a public interest attorney.
During law school, Nick served as Form and Style Editor for Animal Law Review for two years. He also gained practical litigation experience through clerkships at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and Lewis & Clark’s environmental law clinic, Earthrise Law Center. During those clerkships, Nick had the opportunity to work on the enforcement of a wide range of environmental statutes. Clerking at Earthrise Law Center gave Nick the opportunity to argue his first motion for summary judgment in federal court shortly after graduation.
At Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks, Nick has focused on cases advocating for protection of wildlife and natural resources. His prior experience in environmental law and policy include his law school clerkships and his service as one of the first staff attorneys at the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. At the Green Energy Institute, Nick worked to design and advocate for effective ways to promote distributed renewable energy, particularly rooftop solar power, in an effort to mitigate climate change while avoiding the negative environmental impacts of utility-scale development. Nick’s publications include white papers on reducing the soft costs of distributed solar power and on modernizing building standards to require rooftop solar panels, as well as a law review article that earned a prize from the American Bar Association Public Lands section, Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act: Demanding a Gift of Federal Lands, 16 Vt. J. Env. L. 1 (2014). Nick is a member of the Oregon State Bar.