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Attorney at Law & Partner

Andrew J. Waldera

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Andy Waldera practices in the areas of water, land use, environmental/natural resources, and agricultural law.  He represents clients in judicial, administrative, and local government proceedings regarding water rights and land use matters under state and federal law, including under the Idaho Local Land Use Planning Act and the federal Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and hazardous waste management and defense matters under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

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Practice Areas

  • Agricultural Law
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Water Law

Education

  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (2002), ENR Certificate
  • B.S., Tufts University (1999), magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Idaho State and Federal Courts (2002)
  • Oregon State Courts (2018)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2019)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Director, Lower Boise Watershed Council (Agricultural Stakeholder Representative)
  • Editorial Board of the Western Water Law and Policy Reporter (2004 to present)
  • Idaho State Bar Water Law Section:  Mr. Waldera is a former six term Chair of the Idaho State Bar Water Law Section

Recognition

  • Chambers USA – Environmental Law (2015-20)
  • Super Lawyers Environmental Law (2017; 2020)
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Environmental Law (2012-16)

Professional Presentations

  • “Water and Real Estate Development in Idaho,” Law Seminars International, October 2017
  • “Cooperation on Drain Water Management,” Idaho Municipal Attorneys’ Summary Workshop, June 2017
  • “Irrigation District Urbanization – Risk, Considerations and Management,” National Water Resources Association, August 2016
  • “Lower Boise Phosphorous TMDL Collaboration with Agriculture,” Idaho Environmental Forum Annual Conference, August 2015
  • “Irrigation Issues Facing Treasure Valley Irrigators,” 2014 Irrigation Conference, December 2014
  • “Water Issues Impacting Agriculture and Other Natural Resource Users,” Idaho‑Eastern Oregon Seed Association, December 2014
  • “Water Rights 101 and Due Diligence, The Legal Side of Agriculture,” Leadership Idaho Agriculture, February 2014

Personal Information

When he is not practicing law, Andy enjoys fishing and hiking with his wife Sabrina and children Sidney, Clayton and Cassidy. Any other free time is spent fighting with fickle irrigation pipe and weeds, and fixing fence.

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