Position Description

Marten Law LLP seeks a partner-level attorney with litigation experience to work in its Seattle, Portland, Boston, or Washington D.C. offices. The successful candidate must be admitted to practice in one or more of these jurisdictions, and have at least eight (8) years of experience in complex litigation, including managing litigation teams of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. 

Experience Required

  • Litigation Skills - This position requires eight (8) or more years of experience with the following:
  • Federal and state court litigation, administrative hearings, and other legal proceedings, including:
  • First-chair bench trial experience on matters with at least $1 million at issue
  • Setting and executing case strategy
  • Preparing pleadings
  • Motions practice, briefing, and oral argument
  • Document discovery, review, management, and production, including large-scale electronic discovery
  • Taking and defending fact, expert, and document depositions
  • Hiring and directing expert witnesses in diverse fields
  • Evaluating and applying technical research and data to legal arguments
  • Negotiating settlements and participating in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes
  • Legal Skills
  • Team Leadership. Must effectively lead, motivate, mentor, and manage other attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants, as week as consulting and testifying experts, and interact directly with the firm’s clients.
  • Interpersonal Skills. Must be both decisive and collaborative, demonstrate strong verbal communication skills, and exhibit well-developed emotional intelligence.
  • Writing. Must produce superior written product. Experience as the primary author of client memoranda, arbitration and mediation briefs, motions, and/or appellate briefing is required.
  • Speaking, Depositions, and Oral Argument. Must be experienced, skilled and confident in verbal presentation skills in a variety of contexts, including before federal and state courts and national audiences of your peers.
  • Research. Must be efficient, creative, and effective in performing legal research. Experience researching substantive environmental law, civil procedure, administrative law, and regulatory requirements at the federal and state level is required.
  • Judgment. Must have the experience and aptitude to consistently exercise superior judgment and maintain high ethical standards.

Preferred but Discretionary Experience

  • Litigation experience with environmental and energy laws is preferred, but, for the right candidate who is interested and motivated to learn the field, not required.
  • Likewise, a portable book of business is preferred, but not required for particularly talented candidates.

Other Essential Job Duties

Marten Law attorneys must be able to regularly travel nationally to accomplish legal work (client meetings, court appearances, depositions, discovery, expert witness meetings, and site visits) for our clients.

Our billable hour expectation is 1850 billable hours a year. This will require more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of this position. The expectation is that this person will devote, on average, 37+ hours a week on billable job functions (more during trial) and another 7+ hours a week on non-billable activities (firm administration, marketing, professional development, newsletter articles, supervising others).

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Candidates in the top 15% of their law school class or other substantial professional achievement over the course of their career
  • Law review experience preferred
  • Clerkship experience preferred

About Marten Law

Leaders in Environmental and Energy Law

Marten Law has built a national reputation as a leader in environmental and energy law. Our team of lawyers includes recognized authorities in environmental litigation, emerging contaminants, alternative energy, climate change, air quality, hazardous and solid waste, water resources and water quality, fisheries, environmental review and permitting, and a host of other issues that our business and public clients confront every day. Unlike general practice firms, we focus on one practice area, so that we can be the best at it in the country.

To ensure that we stay at the forefront of our field, every lawyer in the firm writes for our nationally recognized biweekly newsletter called Marten Law News, which reaches over 45,000 subscribers in all 50 states and more than 20 countries. Our attorneys have authored over 300 articles for LexisNexis, West, the ABA, and numerous other publishers.

Extraordinary Clients

Our clients recognize that the best expertise may not be in the biggest firm, but in the firm with the greatest experience and skill in the area in which they need help. For that reason, we have the privilege of representing some of the largest companies in America, and some of the most innovative smaller and emerging companies. We have been chosen to represent numerous public sector clients, particularly in regulatory and development matters, where our experience can bring a project to completion.

We strive to deliver successful outcomes, not billable hours. We know our clients’ businesses and work as partners to meet their objectives, overcome their legal obstacles, and maximize their opportunities.

Extraordinary Lawyers

We attract and retain lawyers by offering them the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging projects and cases in our field. We expect our lawyers to be at the leading edge of environmental and energy law. A team-oriented work environment enables us to deliver the best advice and product to our clients.

Salary/Title/Portable Business

  • Annual salary depending on experience, beginning with $215,000, with objective and subjective bonuses
  • Title: Partner
  • Some portable business is preferred but not required
  • Potential to join equity partnership 

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (must summarize litigation successes)
  • A minimum of one substantive piece of original written work product (max five pages)
  • Three or more professional references
  • Law school transcript
    To apply, please send your application materials to Richard Allan, Hiring Attorney, at rallan@martenlaw.com.

    You can expect a respectful, diverse working environment

    • Marten Law is dedicated to anti-racist and anti-oppression policies. We are committed to improving greater diversity, equity and inclusion and combating systemic racism. We hire based on demonstrated qualifications without regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other qualities.
    • Marten Law does not tolerate discrimination, threats, bullying, harassment or any other unwanted behaviors of any kind between or among its employees, or third parties (including opposing counsel, clients, visitors, service providers or guests). People experiencing or observing any of these behaviors are expected to report it to the CAO or the Managing Partners. Marten Law will investigate any complaint and take any actions deemed needed, up to and including termination.
    • Candidates are expected to be truthful throughout the interview process and must pass a background check. 
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