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Environmental Associate Attorney

Washington, DC


We are looking for exceptional candidates with environmental transactional and/or litigation experience to handle some of the country’s most significant environmental issues.

This position requires substantive familiarity with state or federal environmental and energy laws. The successful candidate must have experience in either litigation under state or federal environmental and energy laws, or advising corporate and/or public clients on renewable energy facilities, enforcement, asset transfers, siting, permitting, and/or hazardous waste cleanup. As a growing national firm, we’re seeking highly motivated, top-tier attorneys looking to grow their practice and work synergistically with our other lawyers’ practice areas.

At Marten, you will:

  • Be part of an elite team of lawyers, focused exclusively on the environment, who push themselves to be the absolute best.
  • Enjoy the independence and opportunity for serious advancement that exists when you are practicing at a firm that matches your interests at a top salary that rewards your hard work.
  • Work on the nation’s most interesting and sophisticated matters in environmental and energy law.
  • Receive a competitive compensation package comparable to other elite law firms, with annual associate salaries starting at $190,000 in 2023. See our Employee Benefits Summary page for more information.


  • Are a high performer with 3+ years of experience in federal and state environmental or energy law.
  • Are an exceptional writer, with experience as the primary author of legal memoranda, briefs, motions, discovery, contracts, regulatory agreements, and/or substantive policy articles and commentary.
  • Are an efficient, creative, and effective legal researcher, with experience researching environmental, land use, or administrative law and regulatory requirements at the federal and state level.

Have substantial experience either:

  • Representing public and private sector clients seeking to minimize the environmental liability risks associated with asset transfer, development, siting, and permitting (including wind, solar, energy storage, and natural gas facilities); or
  • Representing public and private sector clients in other transactional matters involving environmental liability in business, including but not limited to hazardous waste cleanup; or
  • Representing clients in administrative or court hearings, associated motions practice, administrative record cases and/or non-record civil cases, drafting and responding to discovery requests with limited supervision, conducting and supervising document review and production, and taking or defending fact and expert witness depositions.

Other Essential Job Duties

  • Marten Law attorneys must be able to regularly travel nationally to accomplish legal work (client meetings, court appearances, depositions, discovery, expert witness meetings, and site visits) for our clients.
  • Our billable hour expectation is 1850 billable hours a year. This will require more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of this position. The expectation is that this person will devote, on average, 37+ hours a week on billable job functions (more during trial) and another 7+ hours a week on non-billable activities (firm administration, marketing, professional development, newsletter articles, supervising others).

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Candidates in the top 15% of their law school class or other substantial professional achievement over the course of their career
  • Law review experience preferred
  • Clerkship experience preferred


At Marten Law, your base compensation is only a portion of your overall compensation package. We pride ourselves on the support we offer our lawyers as they build their practice at Marten Law, both personally and professionally. We offer a wide range of benefits, perks and resources that empower attorneys to integrate their lives

  • Annual starting salary minimum is $190,000, with objective and subjective bonuses. Actual pay will be adjusted based on the candidate’s education, training, experience and other job-related factors permitted by law.
  • Potential to join equity partnership
  • Health insurance benefits options, including medical, prescription, vision, dental, basic group life, and short-term disability.
  • Flexible spending accounts for health flex and dependent care expenses.
  • 401(k) retirement plan with annual company profit sharing match.
  • Employee assistance program providing confidential professional counseling, financial and legal assistance at no charge to team members and immediate family members.
  • Internet reimbursement.
  • Hybrid Working Environment, 4 days in the office with Wednesdays WFH
  • Work from home set up with everything you need to be successful at home. We provide laptop, cell phone and internet reimbursement.
  • Monthly wellness stipend,
  • A collaborative workplace, which will challenge you and celebrate your work.
  • A chance to learn with and from interesting and enthusiastic colleagues.

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