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William N. “Nick” Lawton is an Associate at Eubanks & Associates, LLC. Previously, Nick was an Associate at Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP from 2015-2019. Nick’s legal specialties include advocating for protection of wildlife and natural resources, environmentally sustainable energy production, and government transparency. Nick has won several major victories in federal appellate and trial courts as lead counsel or co-counsel.
Nick received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2013 along with certificates in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Intellectual Property. During law school, Nick served as Form and Style Editor for Animal Law Review for two years. He also gained practical litigation experience through clerkships at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and Lewis & Clark’s environmental law clinic, Earthrise Law Center. After graduation, he served as an Energy Fellow, earning an LL.M., summa cum laude, in Environmental and Natural Resources Law while also helping to found the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. At the Green Energy Institute, Nick worked to design and advocate for effective ways to promote distributed renewable energy, particularly rooftop solar power, in an effort to mitigate climate change while avoiding the negative environmental impacts of utility-scale development. Nick’s publications include white papers on reducing the soft costs of distributed solar power and on modernizing building standards to require rooftop solar panels, as well as a law review article that earned a prize from the American Bar Association Public Lands section, Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act: Demanding a Gift of Federal Lands, 16 Vt. J. Env. L. 1 (2014). Before law school, Nick earned a B.A. in English, cum laude, with an emphasis in creative writing from Pomona College. He spent several years as a starving artist before deciding to put his pen to use as a public interest attorney.
In his spare time, Nick can be found hiking with his dog in Shenandoah National Park, singing with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, or playing the guitar on his patio.