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Dave Bahr

Dave Bahr

Practice areas:

Litigation, Environmental and Natural Resources, Government, Administrative Law

About Me

I have been litigating in the public interest for over twenty-five years and represent plaintiffs in public record and environmental cases throughout the United States. My clients currently range from the largest environmental groups in the country to journalists covering the Columbia River salmon wars to a small non-profit Ohio water district locked in litigation with the DuPont chemical corporation. Before establishing my current practice in 2009, I was a senior staff counsel at the Western Environmental Law Center for six years. Prior to that, I represented clients in federal and state environmental, public records, land use, special education and civil rights litigation throughout the country.


The director of the National Archives and Records Administration recently appointed him to the federal Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee to help improve the administration of FOIA and to recommend legislative action, policy changes or Executive actions. I am a principal in FOIAdvocates.com, an internet project intended to foster greater public access to information possessed by state and federal governments. I received the Sunshine Award in 2001 from Society of Professional Journalists. The Award is presented to individuals and organizations which the Society determines have made a significant contribution to public understanding and education about laws governing open records and meetings and to “recognize outstanding efforts in advocacy under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state public records laws and personal courage in working to keep public information publicly available.” I was also honored to have been awarded the Kerry L. Rydberg Award for accomplishment in public interest environmental litigation by the 1999 Public Interest Law Conference at the University of Oregon Law School

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Litigation: 32%
    25 years
  2. Government: 29%
    25 years
  3. Environmental and Natural Resources: 29%
    25 years
  4. Administrative Law: 10%
    25 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Kevin Elliott Parks

    I had the pleasure of working for, and learning from, Dave while he was at WELC. He's an incredibly gifted attorney whom I highly endorse.

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    Kevin Parks Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bahr is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services.

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    Howard Lewis Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bahr Law Offices, PC

1035 1/2 Monroe Street
Eugene, OR, 97402

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ORActive199005/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2009
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2008
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2007
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2006
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2005
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2004
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2003
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2002
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2001
Profled in Lawyers Weekly USALawyers Weekly USA2001
Sunshine Award (for public records work)Society of Professional Journalists.2001
BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2000
Kerry L. Rydberg AwardLand, Air, Water at the 1999 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference1999
"Happening Person"The Eugene Weekly newspaper1996

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderBahr Law Offices, P.C.2009 - Present
Senior AttorneyWestern Environmental Law Center2003 - 2009
InstructorUniversity Of Oregon Law School - Environmental Law Clinic2003 - 2009
ShareholderDavid Bahr & Associates, P.C.2002 - 2003
ShareholderBahr & Stotter Law Offices, P.C.1994 - 2002
AttorneySorenson Law Offices1992 - 1993
Managing AttorneyRainier Legal Services1990 - 1992

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Multnomah Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Tenth CircuitAttorney Member2009 - Present
American Society of Access ProfessionalsAttorney Member2007 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAttorney Member1994 - Present
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT OF OREGONAttorney Member1992 - Present
Oregon State BarAttorney Member1990 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Audubon Soc. of Portland v. U.S. Nat'l Res. Conservation Serv., 841 F. Supp. 2d 1182 (D. Or. 2012).Complete win for Audubon, the court ordered the records to be released
Ctr. for Sierra Nev. Conservation v. U.S. Forest Serv., 832 F. Supp. 2d 1138 (E.D. Cal. 2011)Judge ruled for plaintiffs and closed 42 routes that cross meadows
Hawley v. United States Department of Commerce, et al; 3:10-cv-00140-KI (D. Or 2010)Negotiated complete release of all records

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
White PaperMining In Oregon: Current Impacts, Future Options2005
Wildlands CPRThe Road-Ripper’s Guide to the National Parks1995

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawCertificate of Natural Resources LawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceA Guide to Using the Freedom of Information Act and State Public Records Laws2012
Oregon J School Society of Professional Journalists Spring MeetingThe Popular Media's Use of Public Records Laws2012
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act2011
ASAP 2008 Annual Symposium & Training ConferenceIntoduction to Common Problems for FOIA requesters outside of DC2008
ASAP 2007 Annual Symposium & Training ConferenceThe Requester Community and FOIA2007
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act2004
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act2003
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act2002
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act2001
"Best of CLE"Fundamentals of FOIA Litigation2001
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act2000
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act1999
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act1998
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act1997
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of the Freedom of Information Act1996
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceCitizen Use of Freedom of Information Act1995
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceFreedom of Information Act1994