About Blue River Law

Blue River Law provides litigation, advisory work, and network building services. Blue River Law assists clients in all stages of public interest environmental matters, from initial information-gathering, strategizing, and campaigning, to litigation in federal and state courts and before regulatory bodies. This includes discovery, trial and appellate work.  

Elisabeth Holmes, Attorney

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Elisabeth ("Eli") Holmes has practiced law since 2002. Prior to starting Blue River Law in 2013, Eli was a staff attorney at the Center for Food Safety where she managed the Center’s animal factory civil litigation and administrative docket, addressing issues ranging from potentially harmful animal feed additives to enforcement actions against animal factories. Eli represented the Center for Food Safety in the landmark RCRA lawsuit against four industrial dairies for contamination of groundwater, CARE and CFS v. Cow Palace, LLC et al., Case No. 02:13-cv-03016-TOR (E.D. Wash. 2013).  Read the Cow Palace Consent Decree here. For several years prior to joining the Center for Food Safety, Eli practiced family law and probate litigation where she specialized in high net worth divorces and complicated will contests. Eli serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of Land Air Water and is a member of Public Justice Foundation. Eli is admitted to practice in Oregon, Massachusetts, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Eli is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and Public Justice Foundation.

Environmental Law

In addition to serving as counsel on animal factory civil litigation and administrative matters, Eli has worked for counsel to non-profit organizations on a variety of environmental cases against corporations, federal, state, and local agencies. Representative matters include Shasta-Trinity National Forest timber sales, urban tree preservation laws, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, proposed statewide waivers of environmental protections, illegal pesticide applications, biopiracy, and Walmart expansions. Eli has experience working with the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, state public health laws, right-to-farm laws, trespass and nuisance laws, and local ordinances on public health and environmental issues. While at the University of Oregon, Eli served as a clerk to the Vice Chair of the United Nations’ European Economic Commission’s Aarhus Convention’s Compliance Committee. The Compliance Committee enforces access to information, public participation, and justice in environmental matters. Eli co-authored with Attorney Charlie Tebbutt “Power, Politics and Poison:  The Story Behind National Cotton Council of America v. U.S. EPA.” 41 Environmental Law Reporter 10946 (10-2011). 

Family Law & Probate Litigation

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Eli previously worked in private practice for Lee & Rivers, LLP (formerly Lee & Levine, LLP) and Taylor, Ganson & Perrin, LLP where she was three times nominated as a “Rising Star” by “SuperLawyers” Magazine for family law.  Eli also served as a judicial law clerk in the Massachusetts Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department. 


Eli holds a LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Oregon, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, a M.A. in French from Middlebury College, and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. 


Eli grew up in the Great Lakes region and has a special love for Lake Superior. She has backpacked extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Central America, and Tasmania.  Eli has lived in Denmark, France, Switzerland, Senegal, and Brazil. She is also a Surfrider Oregon Beach Ambassador, helping track marine debris and plastic pollution along Oregon's coastline.