Martha Geyer is an environmental, natural resources, and land use attorney, who advises clients on environmental litigation and regulatory compliance.
Martha counsels public and private clients on environmental remediation and cost recovery; water quality and water rights; emerging contaminants; renewable energy development; and federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Her clients include municipal water providers, real estate developers, renewable energy companies, and a variety of individuals and businesses. She has worked on matters arising under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, MTCA, RCRA, and other federal and state environmental laws.
Prior to joining Marten, Martha earned her Juris Doctor, concentrating in environmental law, from University of Washington School of Law, where she was an editor on the Washington Law Review and a pro bono project coordinator for the Environmental Law Society. During law school, Martha externed as law clerk for Earthjustice Northwest and worked as a summer associate at Cascadia Law Group, an environmental and natural resources law firm in Seattle. In both settings, she worked on complex environmental and administrative law issues and assisted with all aspects of litigation. She was a law clerk for the UW Regulatory Environmental Law & Policy Clinic where she petitioned the Washington Forest Practices Board for rulemaking to consider carbon sequestration potential in forest management protocols. She also interned for the Honorable Graham C. Mullen of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, writing internal memoranda on diverse issues of federal and state law and drafting published legal opinions.
Before law school, Martha worked in sustainable international development as a project coordinator for an environmental consulting firm in Washington, DC. She collaborated with international consultants and financial institutions to implement projects around the globe and across sectors, including renewable energy, transportation, land and resource use, and urban planning. Martha received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Hamilton College in environmental studies, concentrating in government.
- Represents municipalities and water districts in actions against U.S. Department of Defense and chemical manufacturers for contamination of public water systems by PFAS, including in the Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Products Liability Multi-District Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
- Advises clients on compliance with evolving PFAS regulations and remediation funding opportunities
- Represents clients in contested water rights claims and in negotiations with the Washington Department of Ecology to acquire additional water rights
- Represents companies in hazardous waste contamination and allocation disputes under the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), including insurance coverage disputes
- Represents clients carrying out hazardous waste remediation and advises on regulatory compliance
- Represents clients in land use dispute with the City of Seattle
- Represented client in negotiations with EPA on cleanup actions under CERLCA and the Clean Water Act (CWA) and defended against tribal CWA citizen suits disputing remediation
- J.D., University of Washington School of Law, Concentration in Environmental Law (2019)
- B.A., with honors, Hamilton College, Environmental Studies (2014)
Admissions & Memberships
- State Bar of Washington
Recognition & Activities
- Member, ABA SEER
- Member, Washington Bar ELUL
- Member, King County Bar Association
- Member, Law Firm Anti-racism Alliance
- Member, Women in the Environment