Dan Lawler | Rural Lands Attorney

Dan Lawler


Dan is 1000 Friends' Rural Lands Attorney. He works to protect farm and forest lands by participating in local land use actions, litigating land use appeals, and coordinating with community advocates throughout Oregon.

Dan received his bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy & Planning from Virginia Tech in 2015 and his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2018. He worked as a city planner while studying for the bar exam and practiced as a city, county, and special district attorney for three years after being admitted to the bar. As a staff attorney with 1000 Friends, Dan enjoys using land use law to preserve Oregon's rural spaces and uphold the state's land use planning system. 

Governor Tom McCall famously said that "Oregon is an inspiration." Oregon's diverse array of natural environments and unique communities inspire Dan to work hard in the office and to connect with our state's people and places outside the office. His favorite places in Oregon are the volcanic, alpine meadows of the Three Sisters Wilderness. Outside of Oregon, Dan loves to explore the mountains, rainforests, and beaches of the Olympic Peninsula. 

During his time off work, Dan enjoys backpacking, trail running, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and documenting his adventures through photography. He also loves to play basketball and to discover the best local restaurants in Eugene. 

dan@friends.org | (971) 420-0922 | He/Him/His