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Todd Jarvis
Todd Jarvis

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Todd Jarvis

Practice focused almost exclusively on water, water rights, groundwater development disputes, groundwater flooding disputes, groundwater protection strategies, springs, water wells, cannabis and water, as well as well construction disputes and claims. Expertise in both face-to-face and online mediation and small and large group facilitation.

Todd Jarvis, PhD, is an engineering geologist with over 35 years of experience in deep well drilling in fractured rock and karst. Prior to joining Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Oregon (UO) he worked for global water/wastewater engineering and groundwater engineering firms. He also worked as an expert witness and provided litigation support on groundwater rights and water well construction in the western US before becoming enlightened as a certified mediator in the US. He currently specializes in dispute prevention and conflict resolution related to aquifers, groundwater development and protection, and water well construction. He is a Pro Tem Instructor at the University of Oregon Law School teaching Environmental Conflict Resolution. His book Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers was released in 2014. He co-authored Collective Aquifer Governance: Dispute Prevention for Groundwater and Aquifers through Unitization in 2022 with Jakob Wiley.

ADR Experience

  • Three years – Online Dispute Resolution, SquareTrade, Over 600 cases
  • Two years – Online Water Conflict Transformation Instructor, Oregon State University
  • Four years – Water Conflict Transformation Instructor, Natural Resources Leadership Academy, Oregon State University
  • Two years – Wicked Problems and Natural Resources Negotiations Instructor, Natural Resources Leadership Academy, Oregon State University
  • Ten years – Environmental Conflict Resolution Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon Law School
  • Multiple years, one week terms – UNESCO PCCP Instructor, Water Conflict Transformation, Perugia, Italy; Amman, Jordan; Gaborone, Botswana; Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • One year, one week term – Co-instructor, Water negotiations, Mekong River Commission, Vientiane, Laos
  • One year, multiple meetings, Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, Coos Bay, Oregon
  • Two years, Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Programme, Oregon State University
  • Certified Online Mediator


  • BS, MS – Geology/Hydrogeology, University of Wyoming
  • Post Graduate Certificate – Conflict Resolution, University of Utah
  • Post Graduate Certificate – Business Fundamentals, Oregon State University
  • PhD – Geography, Oregon State University
  • Certified Engineering Geologist
  • Certified Water Right Examiner

Areas Of Practice

  • Boundary Disputes
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Natural Resources
  • Online Mediation

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Online Arbitrator

Fees and Provisos