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Marten Law Welcomes Four New Attorneys

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November 21, 2022

Marten Law is pleased to announce the four new associate attorneys who have recently joined the Firm. They are (from left) Bryce Brown, Shannon Nelson, Michael Smith, and Victor Xu.

Bryce Brown practices in the Portland office. He graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2022, where he was an Environmental Law Fellow, served as an associate editor of Environmental Law, and worked as a research assistant to Professor Craig Johnston. During law school, Bryce clerked at the Oregon Department of Justice, Trial Division. Prior to law school, Bryce was an Environmental Project Manager and Environmental Chemist, and received his M.S. and B.S. in Environmental Science from Brigham Young University.

Shannon Nelson practices in the Seattle office. She graduated in 2022 with a dual degree from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. While at Michigan, Shannon earned the Yvonne S. Quinn Scholarship, the Dow Sustainability Fellowship, and the Henry Bates Overseas Fellowship, and was nominated to the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. She was a Notes Editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform (Vol. 54) and a Supervisor of the Environmental Crimes Project. She also taught courses in environmental law and in human health and the environment. Shannon received her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University.

Michael Smith practices in the Portland office. Michael graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he twice competed as a national environmental moot court team member, worked as research assistant to Professor Michael Blumm, served as associate editor of Environmental Law, and received the Bernard O'Rourke Award for environmental legal writing. As a clinical student, he successfully briefed and argued a Clean Water Act case against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After graduation, Michael clerked for the Hon. Justice Rebecca Duncan at the Oregon Supreme Court.

Victor Xu practices with Michael and Bryce in Marten’s Portland office. He clerked for the Hon. James Sweeney II of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and for the Hon. Harris Hartz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Victor is a graduate of both Stanford University - where he was Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper, The Stanford Daily - and Stanford Law School, where he was a Public Interest Fellow, led a community-law pro bono project, and received the John Hart Ely Prize for legal writing.


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