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Marten Law Expands Regulatory Practice in Seattle, Recruits Former White House, U.S. EPA Officials

October 23, 2018

Marten Law PLLC, a preeminent litigation and regulatory firm known for its national leadership on energy and environmental matters, continues its expansion with the addition of two senior-level regulatory experts from Washington, D.C.

Former White House and U.S. EPA senior lawyer Jonathan Rackoff joins Marten’s Seattle office as a partner. An experienced litigator and veteran crisis manager, Rackoff will lead Marten’s growing Regulatory & Government Investigations practice. Joining his team is Nathan Frey, a non-lawyer consultant to Fortune 100 companies and industry trade groups, and globally recognized authority on regulatory policy who advised both the Obama and Bush White Houses.

About Jonathan Rackoff

Mr. Rackoff comes to Marten with nearly two decades of diverse regulatory experience and a deep background in energy and environmental law and policy. As Senior Counsel on the legal leadership team at EPA, Rackoff served as the 15,000-person Agency’s chief oversight and crisis-response lawyer nationwide, defending nearly 100 high-stakes investigations. He also supervised regulatory negotiations between EPA and the White House. Before that, as counsel to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Mr. Rackoff oversaw legal implementation of the President’s regulatory agenda government-wide, spanning over 2,400 significant regulatory actions by 32 federal agencies, as well as privacy, IP enforcement, and cybersecurity issues. Since leaving government, Mr. Rackoff has been serving as the General Counsel of two biotechnology startups.

“Jonathan brings our clients unusually broad experience in regulatory law at the national level,” said Brad Marten, managing partner. “He has invaluable insights on how federal enforcers think, as well as strong relationships throughout EPA, DOT, FDA, and many other federal agencies, having earned the well-deserved respect of his colleagues over more than a decade of public service.” With his multi-faceted government and private-sector experience, Mr. Rackoff is well-positioned to help Marten’s clients navigate the fast-changing regulatory landscape by providing strategic counseling on compliance and internal investigations, defending government enforcement, responding to congressional and state AG oversight, and, if necessary, challenging complex regulatory schemes in court.

Mr. Rackoff earned his BA from Oberlin College, and his JD from Stanford Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked both on the Ninth Circuit Court of the Appeals and in the Central District of California.

About Nathan Frey

Nathan Frey serves as a policy advisor and consultant for Marten Law, assisting clients in regulatory and policy issues at the local, state, national and international level and providing guidance and direction on regulatory advocacy.

Frey leads the Regulatory Strategies and Solutions (RSS) Group, which develops and implements regulatory risk management strategies for Fortune 100 companies, industry trade associations and prospective emerging market entrants. Prior to founding RSS, Frey served in OIRA for nearly a decade, leading the Obama administration’s policy vetting of over 200 nationally significant rulemakings by EPA, the Department of Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, and others – 60 of which had over $100 million in annual economic costs.

Nathan Frey consults with clients in several key areas, including:

  • Regulatory and policy issues at the local, state, national and international levels
  • Provide guidance and direction on regulatory advocacy

“I’m excited to combine forces with Marten,” said Frey. “The Firm’s known in DC and across the nation for its superb environmental bench and diverse client roster, which includes big tech companies – this benefits my practice and makes for a potent cross-functional team.” Like Rackoff, Frey contributes in-depth knowledge of how new rules are developed and implemented, and his technical expertise in cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment will complement Marten’s robust knowledge base to enable powerful, science-based advocacy.

Frey holds a BA in International Relations from Lewis & Clark College, an MA in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Nathan Frey will be providing his services through RSS Group, his wholly owned consulting company.