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Ronald S. Yockim

Senior Partner

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (1981)
  • B.A., Warburg College (1971)
  • M.S., Mankato State University (1975)

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar (1981)
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United State Supreme Court
After earning his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1981, Ron started out working in private practice primarily dealing in matters related to the oil and gas industry. From 1984 to 1986 he served as assistant director of State Lands for the State of Oregon and then served as general counsel for D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. between 1986 and 1991. In 1991, Ron left D.R. Johnson to return to private practice and has practiced out of Roseburg, Oregon ever since. In private practice, Ron has frequently represented local governments, timber companies and sawmills, irrigation districts, and private ranches with matters involving threatened and endangered species, public land law and policy, state and federal environmental law, land use planning, and water rights. He has published scientific articles and legal publications and has frequently spoken on natural resource topics including presentations on wave energy, salmon recovery, water rights, forest management and public lands. Ron also has a robust real estate practice focusing on the sale and acquisitions of ranches, timber, and timberland.

Prior to entering legal practice, Ron worked as a scientist and fisheries biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Some of Ron’s representative cases include:

  • Douglas County v. Lujan, 810 F. Supp. 1470 (D. Or. 1992)
  • Douglas County v. Babbitt, 48 F.3d 1495 (9th Cir. 1995)
  • Cert petition to U.S. Supreme Court No. 95-371 (1995)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Thomas, 940 F. Supp. 1534 (D. Or., 1996)
  • ONDA v. Dombeck, 172 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Cert response U.S. Supreme Court No. 99-153 (1999)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Green, 953 F. Supp. 1133 (D. Or., 1997)
  • Douglas County v. William Daley, No. 98-6024-HO (D. Or. 1998)(ESA)
  • Oregon Natural Resources Council v. BLM, 03-478 (D. Or. 2008)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. Shuford, No. 08-36041 (9th Cir. 2009)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. McDaniel, No. 08-35942 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Umpqua Watersheds v. USFS, No. 09-6338 (D. Or. 2010)
  • Wilderness Society v. USFS, No. 09-35200 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Decker v. Northwest Env. Defense Center, 133 S. Ct. 1326 (2013)
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Ronald S. Yockim

Senior Partner

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (1981)
  • B.A., Warburg College (1971)
  • M.S., Mankato State University (1975)

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar (1981)
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United State Supreme Court
After earning his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1981, Ron started out working in private practice primarily dealing in matters related to the oil and gas industry. From 1984 to 1986 he served as assistant director of State Lands for the State of Oregon and then served as general counsel for D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. between 1986 and 1991. In 1991, Ron left D.R. Johnson to return to private practice and has practiced out of Roseburg, Oregon ever since. In private practice, Ron has frequently represented local governments, timber companies and sawmills, irrigation districts, and private ranches with matters involving threatened and endangered species, public land law and policy, state and federal environmental law, land use planning, and water rights. He has published scientific articles and legal publications and has frequently spoken on natural resource topics including presentations on wave energy, salmon recovery, water rights, forest management and public lands. Ron also has a robust real estate practice focusing on the sale and acquisitions of ranches, timber, and timberland.

Prior to entering legal practice, Ron worked as a scientist and fisheries biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Some of Ron’s representative cases include:

  • Douglas County v. Lujan, 810 F. Supp. 1470 (D. Or. 1992)
  • Douglas County v. Babbitt, 48 F.3d 1495 (9th Cir. 1995)
  • Cert petition to U.S. Supreme Court No. 95-371 (1995)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Thomas, 940 F. Supp. 1534 (D. Or., 1996)
  • ONDA v. Dombeck, 172 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Cert response U.S. Supreme Court No. 99-153 (1999)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Green, 953 F. Supp. 1133 (D. Or., 1997)
  • Douglas County v. William Daley, No. 98-6024-HO (D. Or. 1998)(ESA)
  • Oregon Natural Resources Council v. BLM, 03-478 (D. Or. 2008)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. Shuford, No. 08-36041 (9th Cir. 2009)
  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. McDaniel, No. 08-35942 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Umpqua Watersheds v. USFS, No. 09-6338 (D. Or. 2010)
  • Wilderness Society v. USFS, No. 09-35200 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Decker v. Northwest Env. Defense Center, 133 S. Ct. 1326 (2013)


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Dominic M. Carollo

Managing Partner

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (2009)
    • Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • B.A., Oregon State University (2005)

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar (2009)
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
Dominic began his law career working for a large full service law firm in Portland, Oregon. While practicing in Portland, Dominic’s work focused on litigation in the environmental and natural resource field involving the ESA, NEPA, NFMA, FLPMA, CWA, CERCLA, RCRA, public lands, grazing, federal Indian law and water rights. He also frequently worked on matters involving insurance coverage disputes, business disputes, contracts disputes, construction defects, and personal injury. In 2011, Dominic left Portland and brought his experience to Ron’s practice in Southern Oregon, which allowed Dominic the opportunity to work more closely with clients involved in the timber industry and expand the firm’s areas of practice. Today, Dominic handles most of the firm’s litigation, along with consulting clients on a wide variety of natural resource, environmental, real estate and business law and policy matters.

Prior to his law career, Dominic worked as a sportfishing guide on the Alaskan Peninsula guiding clients for all species of salmon, halibut and rainbow trout. He also spent time working for Oregon State University’s College Forests while attending OSU.

Some of Dominic’s representative cases include:

  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. Tidwell, 716 F.Supp.2d 982 (2010) (D. Or.)

    • Represented numerous private ranches in Oregon as intervenor-defendants and plaintiffs in case challenging Forest Service’s and National Marine Fisheries Service’s authorization of grazing permits on the Malheur National Forest under the ESA.

  • Stout v. Forest Service, No. 09-152-HA (D. Or.)

    • Represented private ranch as a plaintiff in a challenge to Forest Service’s management of wild horses on the Malheur National Forest based on Sections 7 and 9 of the ESA.

  • Wilderness Soc. v. U.S. Forest Serv., 630 F.3d 1173
    (9th Cir. 2011)

    • Represented the Public Land Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Steens Mountain Landowner Group, Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Oregon Cattlemen's Public Lands Committee, and Oregon Farm Bureau Federation as amicus curiae in en banc appeal challenging intervention standards in the Ninth Circuit.

  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. BLM, No. 10-1331-SU (D. Or.)

    • Represented Steens Mountain Landowners Group as intervenor-defendants in challenge to BLM’s RMP.
  • Cascadia Wildlands v. Kitzhaber, 911 F. Supp. 2d 1075 (D. Or. 2012)

    • Represented forest product trade associations and private timber companies as intervenor-defendants in ESA case challenging the State of Oregon’s management of state timberlands.

  • U.S. Forest Service v. Pacific Rivers Council (U.S. S.Ct. No. 12-623)

    • Represented the Public Land Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as amicus curiae in U.S. Supreme Court appeal relating to legal standards under NEPA.

  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Jewell, 3:12-CV-00596-MO, 2013 WL 5101338 (D. Or. Sept. 11, 2013)

    • Represented Harney County as intervenor-defendant in lawsuit challenging BLM’s authorization of a right-of-way to a private developer for the construction of an energy transmission line for a private wind farm.

  • Lone Rock Timberland Co. v. Nicholls, 6:11-CV-6274-TC, 2012 WL 2836880 (D. Or. July 10, 2012)

    • Represented private timber company in dispute between another private landowner and the BLM relative to the use of a federal logging right of way.

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Dominic M. Carollo

Managing Partner

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (2009)
    • Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • B.A., Oregon State University (2005)

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar (2009)
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
Dominic began his law career working for a large full service law firm in Portland, Oregon. While practicing in Portland, Dominic’s work focused on litigation in the environmental and natural resource field involving the ESA, NEPA, NFMA, FLPMA, CWA, CERCLA, RCRA, public lands, grazing, federal Indian law and water rights. He also frequently worked on matters involving insurance coverage disputes, business disputes, contracts disputes, construction defects, and personal injury. In 2011, Dominic left Portland and brought his experience to Ron’s practice in Southern Oregon, which allowed Dominic the opportunity to work more closely with clients involved in the timber industry and expand the firm’s areas of practice. Today, Dominic handles most of the firm’s litigation, along with consulting clients on a wide variety of natural resource, environmental, real estate and business law and policy matters.

Prior to his law career, Dominic worked as a sportfishing guide on the Alaskan Peninsula guiding clients for all species of salmon, halibut and rainbow trout. He also spent time working for Oregon State University’s College Forests while attending OSU.

Some of Dominic’s representative cases include:

  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. Tidwell, 716 F.Supp.2d 982 (2010) (D. Or.)

    • Represented numerous private ranches in Oregon as intervenor-defendants and plaintiffs in case challenging Forest Service’s and National Marine Fisheries Service’s authorization of grazing permits on the Malheur National Forest under the ESA.

  • Stout v. Forest Service, No. 09-152-HA (D. Or.)

    • Represented private ranch as a plaintiff in a challenge to Forest Service’s management of wild horses on the Malheur National Forest based on Sections 7 and 9 of the ESA.

  • Wilderness Soc. v. U.S. Forest Serv., 630 F.3d 1173
    (9th Cir. 2011)

    • Represented the Public Land Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Steens Mountain Landowner Group, Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Oregon Cattlemen's Public Lands Committee, and Oregon Farm Bureau Federation as amicus curiae in en banc appeal challenging intervention standards in the Ninth Circuit.

  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. BLM, No. 10-1331-SU (D. Or.)

    • Represented Steens Mountain Landowners Group as intervenor-defendants in challenge to BLM’s RMP.

  • Cascadia Wildlands v. Kitzhaber, 911 F. Supp. 2d 1075 (D. Or. 2012)

    • Represented forest product trade associations and private timber companies as intervenor-defendants in ESA case challenging the State of Oregon’s management of state timberlands.

  • U.S. Forest Service v. Pacific Rivers Council (U.S. S.Ct. No. 12-623)

    • Represented the Public Land Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as amicus curiae in U.S. Supreme Court appeal relating to legal standards under NEPA.

  • Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Jewell, 3:12-CV-00596-MO, 2013 WL 5101338 (D. Or. Sept. 11, 2013)

    • Represented Harney County as intervenor-defendant in lawsuit challenging BLM’s authorization of a right-of-way to a private developer for the construction of an energy transmission line for a private wind farm.

  • Lone Rock Timberland Co. v. Nicholls, 6:11-CV-6274-TC, 2012 WL 2836880 (D. Or. July 10, 2012)

    • Represented private timber company in dispute between another private landowner and the BLM relative to the use of a federal logging right of way.



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Matthew D. Query

Associate

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (2017)
  • B.A., University of Colorado (2012)

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar (2017)
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon

Matt decided to attend Lewis & Clark Law School because of his interests in water law, natural resource management and the use public lands. While in law school, Matt was accepted for externships at two large law firms in Portland, Oregon, which gave him experience with litigation and policy involving ESA, NEPA, FLPMA, public lands, grazing, agricultural land use, and water rights. During law school, Matt was selected to represent his school in the National Trial Competition, held several positions in the Student Bar Association and Mock Trial Honor Board, served as Associate Editor of the Animal Law Review, founded the Student Angling Law Society, and was inducted into the Cornelius Honors Society. Additionally, Matt completed the Western Resources Legal Center practicum, where he had the opportunity to work on briefs for active federal litigation pertaining to public land use. In 2017, shortly after graduation, Matt was invited to join Ron and Dominic’s practice in Roseburg. Since joining the firm, Matt has been a hands-on participant in all the firm’s natural resources litigation. In his first year and a half at the firm, Matt has gained considerable experience in state and federal litigation at the administrative, district and appellate court levels, and continues to develop and play a crucial role in everything from motion practice to drafting briefs for the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Matt spent his time working and fishing his way through New Zealand, Europe, South America, and Alaska.

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Dominic M. Carollo

Managing Partner

Education

  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law Schoochol (2017)
  • B.A., University of Colorado (2012)

Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar (2017)
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
Matt decided to attend Lewis & Clark Law School because of his interests in water law, natural resource management and the use public lands. While in law school, Matt was accepted for externships at two large law firms in Portland, Oregon, which gave him experience with litigation and policy involving ESA, NEPA, FLPMA, public lands, grazing, agricultural land use, and water rights. During law school, Matt was selected to represent his school in the National Trial Competition, held several positions in the Student Bar Association and Mock Trial Honor Board, served as Associate Editor of the Animal Law Review, founded the Student Angling Law Society, and was inducted into the Cornelius Honors Society. Additionally, Matt completed the Western Resources Legal Center practicum, where he had the opportunity to work on briefs for active federal litigation pertaining to public land use. In 2017, shortly after graduation, Matt was invited to join Ron and Dominic’s practice in Roseburg. Since joining the firm, Matt has been a hands-on participant in all the firm’s natural resources litigation. In his first year and a half at the firm, Matt has gained considerable experience in state and federal litigation at the administrative, district and appellate court levels, and continues to develop and play a crucial role in everything from motion practice to drafting briefs for the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Matt spent his time working and fishing his way through New Zealand, Europe, South America, and Alaska.