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Prominent Energy and Environmental Lawyer Richard Allan Joins Marten Law as a Partner in the Firm's Growing Portland Office

January 14, 2013

(Portland, OR) - Prominent Portland lawyer Richard Allan joins Marten Law, expanding its energy and environmental law practice. Allan, formerly a partner with Ball Janik LLP, has more than 20 years of experience representing utilities, developers and other Northwest businesses with their environmental, land use and natural resource issues. Marten Law, whose Portland office has expanded rapidly in the last three years, is the largest environmental and energy firm in the West, with offices in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

“Richard is widely viewed as one of the top environmental and energy lawyers in Oregon and we’re very pleased to have him join us,” said the managing partner of Marten Law’s Portland Office. “The firm represents natural gas, wind, oil and gas producers throughout the West, and with Richard’s joinder, we will be able to provide greater service to our utility and independent power producer clients, as well as other industrial developers.”

Allan is experienced in the acquisition, siting, expansion and operation of power,manufacturing and real estate projects. His experience in adversarial proceedings ranges from numerous local land use hearings and appeals, to administrative contested cases before state agencies concerning energy, wetlands, water rights and environmental enforcement, to trial court and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts.

“It’s very exciting for me to join Marten Law – a growing firm that is entirely focused on environmental and energy issues,” said Allan. “The firm has a roster of experienced and well-known environmental and energy lawyers that few firms can match. “

Marten Law represents clients throughout the country in sometimes controversial and often complex environmental, energy and natural resource permitting, compliance and litigation matters. They include the largest Superfund cleanup in the country (in the Great Lakes) , the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, major wind farm siting projects in California and Nevada, and natural resource litigation in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. In Oregon, the firm represents a number of irrigation districts and municipal corporations on water rights and related environmental matters and multiple clients on regional and national energy matters.

Allan received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1988 where he was Editor in Chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly. After law school he was Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Malcolm M. Lucas, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Courty. He was previously a policy analyst for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Allan is a frequent writer and speaker on environmental issues. He is a member of the Oregon Business Association, Environment and Economic Development Committee and of the Oregon Bar Association Sections on Environment and Natural Resources, and Real Estate and Land Use. He has been recognized by his peers as an Oregon Super Lawyer in Land Use/Zoning (2010-2012) and named a Chambers USA Industry Leader, Environmental and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2008-2012).

Marten Law has built a national reputation as a leader in environmental, natural resource and energy law. Our team of lawyers includes recognized authorities in 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 clients confront every day. To ensure that we stay at the forefront of our field, we publish a biweekly newsletter which reaches over 60,000 subscribers in all 50 states and more than 20 countries.