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Meline G. MacCurdy

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Meli represents clients in environmental litigation, compliance, and permitting.  She has particular experience with environmental cleanups, cost recovery, and allocation of environmental liabilities under state and federal cleanup laws, water quality issues including stormwater and NPDES permits, environmental review statutes, and hazardous waste management.  

She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cornell Law School, and her Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from Colgate University.

Representative Experience

  • Advising a manufacturing company facing billion dollar cleanups on two separate waterways, including litigation with multiple private parties and the United States.
  • Assisting a client in redeveloping a former sawmill and service station into the national headquarters for an international technology company.  Successfully recovered cleanup costs from a former owner through litigation.
  • Representing multiple manufacturers against federal and citizen suit stormwater enforcement actions.
  • Assisted a client defend an administrative appeal of a shoreline development permit associated with the facility expansion; involved challenges under multiple environmental review laws.
  • Assisted a client resolve multi-million dollar claims associated with the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste at a large manufacturing facility.
  • Minimizing the potential MTCA liability of a municipality facing a multi-million dollar cleanup of a formerly owned contaminated landfill.  Helped the client establish that other parties were the source of groundwater contamination, thereby minimizing the client’s exposure, and secured insurance coverage to eliminate the client’s exposure.
  • Assisted a national construction company facing a Clean Water Act lawsuit associated with alleged unpermitted dredge and fill during construction of a new bridge.
  • Representing a parts manufacturer in Oregon with the investigation of potential historical releases at its manufacturing facilities, negotiating with state regulators, and pursuing additional potentially response parties at the site.
  • Represented local governments with a $30 million groundwater cleanup in New Mexico, including negotiating with EPA in designing and performing site work and pursuing other potentially responsible parties.
  • Assisted a wire fabrication facility in defense of a CERCLA lawsuit involving over 100 parties at a large urban waterway; obtained dismissal by showing that releases from facility could not have caused contamination in the waterway.
  • Resolved a Washington county’s liability associated with a legacy asbestos plant through negotiation of a consent decree with the United States.


  • Marten Law PLLC, Seattle (2007-present)


  • J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School (2007)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Colgate University (2001)

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 Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Vice-Chair, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy & Resources and Litigation, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee (2014-Present)
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • "Rising Star®," Super Lawyers (2016-2017)

Select Publications

  • Author, Ninth Circuit Holds Discharging to Groundwater Wells Requires Clean Water Act, 16 PRATT’S ENERGY LAW REPORT 193 (LexisNexis A.S. Pratt) (June 2018)
  • Author, “Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd.,” ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation (Aug. 11, 2016)
  • Author, EPA Issues New Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges, Law360 (July 2015)
  • Author, “CERCLA 'Arranger Liability' Continues To Elude Clarity,” Law360 (Apr. 23, 2015)
  • Co-Author, Questions Remain for the Timber Industry After Supreme Court’s Decision in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, with D. Timmons, Environmental Law (December 2013)
  • Author, "The Ninth Circuit Restricts the Scope of the ‘Diligent Prosecution’ Bar to Federal Clean Water Act Citizen Suits," Western Water Law & Policy Reporter (August/September 2013)
  • Author, "What to Expect from EPA's New Vessel General Permits" Environmental Law360 (April 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Clean Water Act Lawsuits: Avoiding and Responding to Third-Party Lawsuits,” The Water Report (Sept. 15, 2010)
  • Author, “EPA Proposal for Numeric Nutrient Standards for Florida Waters has National Implications,” American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Trends, Vol. 41 No. 5 (May/June 2010)
  • Co-Author, “EPA to Consider Ocean Acidification Under Section 303(d) of Clean Water Act,” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (May 17, 2010)
  • Co-Author, “EPA Issues Construction Stormwater Rule,” Washington State Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter (May 2010)
  • Author, “Lessor of Equipment Used at Contaminated Site Held Liable Under CERCLA,” American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Law Trends & News, Vol. 6 No.3 (Spring 2010)
  • Author, “Federal Appellate Court Upholds EPA’s Clean Water Act Water Transfers Rule,” The Environmental Counselor (Aug. 2009)
  • Author, “Washington State Legislature Considers Cap-and-Trade Bill, Which May Start in 2012. Or Maybe Not.” LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Center (Feb. 17, 2009)
  • Author, “Insurer Has Duty to Defend Claims Arising Under “Modified” Pollution Exclusion,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 244 (December 2008)
  • Author, “EPA Seeks to ‘Green’ Environmental Cleanups,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 241 (September 2008)
  • Author, “Get Off Of My Cloud: PRP Denied Intervention in Environmental Coverage Dispute,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 240 (August 2008)
  • Author, “EPA Announces Plan for More Frequent Inspections at Small Industrial and Municipal Water Dischargers, CAFOs, Construction Sites,” The Environmental Counselor, Issue No. 239 (July 2008)

NCR Corp

Marten Law was retained by NCR Corp, a Fortune 500 maker of automated banking systems and electronic terminals, based in New York, to defend governmental and private claims brought against it and several other companies under CERCLA, the federal Superfund statute. More

State of Louisiana (Gulf Oil Spill)

The firm acted as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of Louisiana in the Gulf Oil spill litigation. Marten Law was the only out-of-state firm selected to assist the Attorney General. Louisiana was a principal complainant (along with the United States and four other Gulf states) in the largest environmental lawsuit ever brought in the United States. More