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Merissa Moeller

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Merissa Moeller brings multi-faceted experience with environmental and land use matters, from her work for state and regional natural resources agencies, the private sector, and the courts. Those diverse experiences help Merissa to place complex legal issues in a real-world context to deliver practical solutions for clients.

Merissa’s water and land use practice has included regulatory and permitting work on behalf of municipal water utilities, irrigation districts, and wineries. She has advised clients on permitting for major infrastructure projects, water rights, and water quality permitting and certifications. As a litigator, she represents clients in state and federal disputes over natural resources.

Before joining Marten Law, Merissa was an environmental attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. During law school, she worked on behalf of Oregon’s natural resource agencies with the Oregon Department of Justice. Merissa also served as a judicial clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable Lynn Nakamoto and Honorable Roger DeHoog, where she drafted formal judicial opinions.


  • Marten Law PLLC, Portland, OR (2018-present)
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Portland, OR (2017-2018)
  • Judicial Clerk to Hon. Lynn Nakamoto, Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals (2015-2017)
  • Judicial Clerk to Hon. Roger DeHoog, Oregon Court of Appeals (2016)
  • Legal Extern, Columbia River Gorge Commission, White Salmon, WA (2015)
  • Law Clerk, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Portland, OR (2014-2015)
  • Law Clerk, Oregon Department of Justice, Natural Resources Section, Portland, OR (2013-2014)


  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, cum laude
    • Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
    • Managing Editor, Environmental Law Review
    • Teaching Fellow, Legal Analysis and Writing Department
  • B.A., International Political Economy, University of Puget Sound, magna cum laude
    • Honors in International Political Economy
    • Minor in Environmental Policy & Decision Making

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

Professional and Community Activities

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Section; Real Estate and Land Use Section – Oregon State Bar Association
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Associate member, Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, 2016-present
  • Women in the Environment


  • Co-author, “POTUS Undoes WOTUS, on to SCOTUS,” E-Outlook, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section, Oregon State Bar, May 2017
  • “Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area,” Washington State Bar Association, Real Property Deskbook, 01.01.16
  • Co-author, “Pacific Northwest Moving Ahead with Climate Change Policy?” Power Magazine, January 2015


  • “Water Law 101: An Overview of Water Rights in Oregon,” 27th Annual Oregon Water Law Conference, The Seminar Group, Nov. 8-9, 2018, Portland, OR

Community Involvement

  • Law Student Mentor, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2017-present
  • Member, Mazamas Mountaineering Club, Portland, OR