Jennifer brings an insider’s view of government to Marten’s environmental litigation and regulatory oversight teams. A veteran of the U.S. EPA’s Office of General Counsel, she defended the Agency in over 30 lawsuits and responded to multiple Congressional and Inspector General oversight investigations, including counseling senior officials on investigation response. Jennifer’s environmental litigation experience includes representing local and municipal governments in complex Superfund cleanups, defending companies against Notices of Violation and civil penalties for alleged environmental violations, and litigating citizen’s suits under federal environmental laws.
Jennifer previously headed EPA’s electronic discovery team in some of the Agency’s biggest and most complex enforcement and defensive matters, including the Volkswagen AG Clean Air Act enforcement litigation, the Gold King Mine release multidistrict litigation, and the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in the Lower Passaic River area in New Jersey. She represents private companies, local governments, and individuals in state and federal court and before administrative bodies, defending against enforcement actions and investigations, supporting permits and regulatory approvals, and bringing suits to force cleanup at contaminated sites and military facilities. She also assists companies in internal investigations related to alleged environmental and regulatory violations.
During law school, Jennifer interned for The Honorable District Judge Jose E. Martinez, Southern District of Florida. Jennifer served as the student editor of the University of Miami Law Review online journal JOTWELL (A Journal of Things We Like Lots) and was the winner of the Pace Environmental Law Competition Best Brief in Spring 2011. Before attending law school, Jennifer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ixchiguan, Guatemala, working as a project manager for the Technology and Family Health project, which built gravity-based water systems, rainwater catchment systems, and woodstoves in rural areas of Guatemala.
Education & Clerkship
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law, Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif (2011)
- University of Miami Law Review, Student Editor
- Moot Court: Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board
- Best Brief‐ Intervenor, Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Spring 2011
- B.A., with honors, University of New Mexico, Philosophy and English (2005)
Admissions & Memberships
- New York
- Marten Law LLP, Portland, OR (2018 - present)
- Chief Counsel and Team Lead, eDiscovery & eDocument Collection, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of General Counsel, Washington, D.C. (February 2015 ‐ October 2018)
- Attorney‐Advisor, General Law Office, Information Law Practice Group, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of General Counsel, Washington, D.C. (August 2011 ‐ October 2018)