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Sarah J. Wightman

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Sarah Wightman’s practice focuses on environmental, natural resources, and land use litigation and compliance, as well as product and environmental counseling. She helps public and private clients navigate complex legal issues such as drinking water contamination, hazardous waste regulations, product safety and stewardship, environmental cleanup, stormwater management, water rights, land use and zoning, and renewable energy development.

Sarah earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. While at the University of Michigan Sarah also earned a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environment, specializing in environmental policy and planning. In addition, Sarah worked as a law clerk for the U.S. EPA and completed legal research and writing projects for the National Wildlife Federation, the Graham Sustainability Institute, and the cities of Flint and Detroit.

Prior to law school, Sarah wrote and managed a watershed-based plan as part of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar federal grant, ensuring the project's regulatory compliance with federal and state agencies. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky in natural resource conservation and management.


  • Associate, Marten Law LLP, Seattle (2016-present)
  • Legal Intern, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department, Detroit (2016)
  • Legal Researcher, University of Michigan Taubman College and City of Flint Department of Planning and Development, Ann Arbor (2015-2016)
  • Law Clerk, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia (2013)


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (2015)
  • M.S., University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (2016)
  • B.S., summa cum laude, University of Kentucky (2010)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington

Professional Activities

  • Oregon Editor, Western Water Law & Policy Reporter (April 2017 – present)


  • Co-Author, Chapter 8: Underground Storage Tanks, Real Property Deskbook (2017 Supplement)
  • Author, “Energy Developments in Washington,” Pratt’s Energy Law Report (February 2017)
  • Co-Author, “High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan, Integrated Assessment Final Report,” Graham Sustainability Institute (September 2015)