Claudia M. Newman, Partner
Areas of Practice
Environmental and Land Use Law
Ms. Newman has extensive litigation experience in the fields of environmental and land use law. She has represented environmental organizations, citizens groups, individuals, and local governments in a wide variety of administrative and judicial forums.
She has assisted clients with matters involving comprehensive planning, environmental review, and site-specific development proposals. She has represented clients in a variety of federal matters that involved the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and other federal environmental laws.
Ms. Newman brings a passion to her work:
I put tremendous energy into each case. I’m determined to achieve the best legal solution for my clients.
Collaborative and resourceful, Ms. Newman works well with others all while moving her clients’ interests forward. Ms. Newman’s experience has ranged from complex litigation with statewide implications involving over a dozen state agencies, several federal agencies, and numerous local jurisdictions across the state to litigation involving single sites within a single jurisdiction. She has appeared before a number of different administrative bodies, including the Growth Management Hearings Boards, the Shorelines Hearings Boards, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, and numerous local government hearing examiners and legislative bodies. She has appeared before the Washington State Superior Court, Western District of Washington Federal Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Newman is a regular lecturer at land use law and green building CLEs and has presented to and trained organizations and individuals on a wide variety of topics including land use laws and green building.
She formed Bricklin Newman, LLP partnership with emphasis in land use and environmental law in 2002 (partnership name changed to Bricklin & Newman, LLP in 2009) after working as an associate at Bricklin & Gendler since 1994.
Memberships and Activities
Washington State Bar Association
Missouri State Bar Association
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Board of Trustees, Northwest Fund for the Environment, 2011-present
Board of Directors, Washington Environmental Council, 2008 to 2014
Board of Directors, Cascadia Green Building Council, 2007 to 2010
Member, WSBA ADR/ELUL Land Use and Environmental Mediation Committee, January 2012 – present
Member, Washington State Dept. of Ecology SEPA Rulemaking Advisory Committee, August 2012 – October, 2013
Member, ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 189, authoring Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, 2006 to 2008
Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Washington Conservation Voters — King County Chapter, April, 1997-April, 1999, member April, 1996 to June, 2003
Member, Joint Legislative Task Force on Energy Facility Siting, 2000
Member, Code Enforcement Task Force for King County Council, 1997
Referendum 48/No on “164” Legal Committee, 1995
Washington University School of Law J.D. 1994 – Order of the Barrister
University of Wisconsin, Madison B.A. 1988