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Russell C. Prugh

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Russell Prugh's practice focuses on environmental and natural resources litigation, and environmental permitting for facilities and projects in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Russell has particular experience with stormwater compliance issues, and represents clients in litigation arising under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, MTCA, and other federal and state environmental laws.

Russell earned his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review and a National Moot Court Competition team member. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources from the University of the South (Sewanee). Prior to joining Marten Law, Russell served as a legal intern with the RCRA Enforcement Division of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and a full-time intern law clerk at the Vermont Supreme Court. Following law school, Russell also served as law clerk in the State of Alaska Superior Court.

Representative Experience

  • Prosecuting environmental insurance claims on behalf of a gasoline distributor at over 50 former gasoline stations located throughout the Pacific Northwest;.
  • Assisted a municipality in a multi-million dollar cleanup of a contaminated landfill, including development of a strategy for pursuing other parties with potential liability for site contamination.
  • Assisted in defending a mining, smelting, and refining company in an evidentiary estimation hearing in connection with the largest environmental bankruptcy case in United States history.
  • Assisted a developer in a Clean Water Act citizens suit involving alleged filling of wetlands.


  • Marten Law PLLC, Seattle, WA (2009 - Present)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick J. McKay, Superior Court Judge, State Court of Alaska (2008-2009)
  • Intern to the Honorable John A. Dooley, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court (2007).
  • Intern, RCRA Enforcement Division, Office of Civil Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. (2006).
  •  Environmental Services Technician, Cadman, Inc., Redmond, WA (2003-2005)


  • J.D., summa cum laude, Vermont Law School (2008)
  • B.A., University of the South, Sewanee, TN (1999)

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Section
  • Member, King County Bar Association


  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments on Federal Liability under CERCLA,” American Bar Association Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee Newsletter (August 2011)
  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Rules CERCLA Liability Does Not Extend to Permit Holder,” The Environmental Counselor (June 2011)
  • Author, “District Court Says EPA Cannot Shortcut Rulemaking Process by Issuing Interpretive Guidance,” The Environmental Counselor (March 2011)
  • Contributing Author, “Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems,” American Bar Association Environment, Energy, & Resource Law Year in Review 2009 (2010)
  • Author, “Ninth Circuit: Clean Water Act Precludes Pre-Enforcement Review of EPA Administrative Compliance Orders,” The Environmental Counselor (December 2010)
  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Overturns District Courts, Becomes Third Circuit to Allow Intervention in CERCLA Settlement Proceedings,” The Environmental Counselor (August 2010)
  • Co-Author, “EPA Issues Construction Stormwater Rule,” Washington State Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter (May 2010)
  • Author, “Despite Budget Woes, Environmental Bills Aired Out,” King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (May 2010)
  • Author, “EPA Releases Additional Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Rules for Three Industry Sectors,” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (May 4, 2010)
  • Co-author, “Federal Agencies Issue MOU to Speed Siting of Electric Transmission Lines on Federal Land; Congress Still Debating Siting Legislation,” The Environmental Counselor (January 2010)
  • Co-author, “Despite Apparent Recovery, Climate Change Keeps Grizzly Bears on ESA List” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (December 15, 2009)

Civic Activities

  • Supervisory Attorney, Anchorage Youth Court
  • Volunteer Lecturer, Anchorage Career Academy

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