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Zachary A. Kearns

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Zak Kearns’ practice focuses on environmental and natural resources litigation, energy, and environmental permitting and compliance. He works on cases arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and other federal and state environmental laws.

Zak earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. There, he participated in the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and served as a legal intern at the Clean Air Task Force and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Strike Force. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. 



  • Associate, Marten Law PLLC, Portland, OR (2014 – Present)
  • Legal Intern, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Environmental Crimes Strike Force (2014)
  • Legal Intern, Clean Air Task Force (2013)


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School (2014)
  • B.A., Stanford University (2008)

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Oregon

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Member, American Bar Association

Select Publications and Speeches

  • Co-Author, "U.S. Species Plan Could 'Zone Out' Half Of California's Desert Solar," Solar Industry Magazine (November 2014)
  • Co-Author, "Does DRECP Draft Signal Doom for California Wind?," North American Windpower (October 2014)
  • Co-Author, "A Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing Environmental and Health Issues in Oil and Gas Leases," Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (2014)