Our Values

Marten works at the cutting edge of environmental and energy law. We hire attorneys and staff who share our passion and excitement for our work, match our dedication to our clients, and look forward to a challenge. We prize collaboration, and consider every single member of our firm a vital asset to reaching success. We are always looking for new team members to further innovation, diversity, and growth within Marten.

Not only do we take care in providing our clients the best service, we also believe in investing in our employees, and providing a comfortable, welcoming workplace. We do not believe in creating a competitive, toxic work environment that pits attorneys against one another for success; instead, we believe that collaboration and diverse viewpoints bring the best service, and ultimately the best results for our clients. At Marten, our staff are not just a name or number. Each employee is a valued, integral member of our team that has the opportunity for input, growth, and success.

We hire lateral attorneys, entry-level associates, summer associates, and staff. Please see the pages below for more information on open positions at Marten. We look forward to the possibility of you joining us. 

For information on our Employee Benefits, please see our Employee Benefits Summary

Diversity and Inclusion

Marten recognizes the importance of recruiting talented professionals from the widest possible range of backgrounds. Environmental issues cannot be decoupled with discrimination issues, and we believe a core tenent of addressing systematic racism and discrimination is through representation. We continue to work towards our goal of employing a more representative, diverse staff through our hiring process. We evaluate each applicant as an individual, and consider not only their experience, but also their potential. For information on our diversity initiatives, please reach out to our Diversity Chair, Jessica Ferrell.

Marten is an equal opportunity employer. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. Consistent with applicable laws, the firm makes all decisions involving any aspect of the employment relationship without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. Discrimination and/or harassment based on any of those factors are inconsistent with our philosophy of doing business and will not be tolerated. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all aspects of recruiting and employment, including compensation, benefits, advancement, transfers, and reductions in force.

Pro Bono

Marten strongly encourages its lawyers and staff to engage in meaningful pro bono legal and related work. Being a lawyer provides significant advantages in our society; along with these come a commensurate degree of responsibilities—in particular, to those who do not enjoy similar advantages or have been unlawfully denied access to and protection of the law.

We are currently focusing our energies into three primary areas: Immigration, Environmental Justice, and Voter Suppression. We partner with national and local organizations in order to maximize our impact. The firm is a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), and committed to dedicating substantial pro bono resources to initiatives that combat systemic racism.

Approved pro bono work will by no means be limited to these topic areas. Marten lawyers and staff are encouraged to voice their desire to work on other issues, so the firm can best support them. Approved pro bono hours are credited, up to 100 hours, toward the billable goal for lawyers with the firm.

Immigration-Related Proceedings

Marten Partner Jess Ferrell facilitates the firm’s representation of indigent clients in immigration-related proceedings. She coordinates with a variety of national and local immigration advocacy groups toward this end, including the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Cases in this category span an array of federal laws, including the Immigration and Naturalization Act and other laws and regulations implementing the U.N. Convention Against Torture; the Violence Against Women Act; and additional generally applicable laws that may disproportionately affect the immigrant community.

Environmental Justice

Marten Partner Steve Odell is the primary gatekeeper for opportunities in the realm of environmental justice, defined by EPA as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.”

Implementation of this concept takes many different forms. Many federal and state policies encourage the consideration of the disproportionate impact of environmental and health issues on lower-income communities and/or those of color. Few directives are mandatory, however. Furthering environmental justice therefore requires practicing in an array of federal, state and local legal fields toward fair and uniform application across communities.

Voter Suppression

Marten Partner Jonathan Rackoff leads politically related pro bono work. He has focused on efforts promoting voter registration, voter protection, and engagement in the political process to ensure widespread enfranchisement.

For more information on our Pro Bono initiatives, please contact Marten Partners Steve Odell and Jonathan Rackoff


Please see Marten's 2020 National Association for Law Placement (NALP) form for more information about our firm, and our hiring practices. 

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