Laura Kerr JD ’14
Laura Kerr JD ’14 has been elevated to the partnership of Stoel Rives, effective January 1, 2022. An experienced environmental attorney, Kerr counsels clients on environmental compliance, enforcement, permitting, and cleanup matters arising under federal and state environmental laws. She is a creative problem solver who uses a results-oriented approach to help clients navigate complex regulatory programs. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kerr was an environmental researcher and educator. She served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Aiken, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, and is currently a member of the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section, serves on the Steering Committee for the Northwest Environmental Business Council’s Cascade Chapter, and maintains an active pro bono practice. Kerr was named one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA; included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (Environmental Law), 2021–2022; and listed among Rising Stars (Environmental, Environmental Litigation, Energy, and Natural Resources) in Oregon Super Lawyers ®, 2017–2021. She was also selected to participate in the Environmental Law Institute’s Emerging Leaders Initiative in 2020.
Traveled to China with Tom Lindley, chair of Perkins Coie’s environment, energy, and resources practice, to provide pro bono assistance to the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). Kerr, an associate at Perkins Coie, acted as a consultant on the development and implementation of environmental laws designed to address China’s environmental concerns.