Zak Kearns is a litigator who focuses on complex environmental and business disputes. Whether it is a technical set of facts or a novel legal question, Zak takes pride in turning complex problems into compelling stories. He is as comfortable advocating on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, as he is individuals and family businesses.
Admitted to Practice
Associate, Marten Law PLLC (2014-2017); Student Attorney, Harvard Emmet Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (2012-2014); Law Clerk, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Crimes Strike Force (2014); Law Clerk, Clean Air Task Force (2013); Summer Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan (2012).
Oregon State Bar Environment and Natural Resources Section; Multnomah Bar Association.
“CERCLA Liability for Air Emissions? Ninth Circuit Says No, Denies Petition for En Banc Rehearing,” Marten Law Environmental News (November 2016) (co-author); “Debating Federal and State Electricity Market Jurisdiction,” Law360 (March 2016) (co-author); “Does the Clean Water Act Regulate Discharges of Pollutants to Hydrologically Connected Groundwater? Federal Courts Disagree,” Marten Law Environmental News (January 2016); “Getting On Board With The Latest Oil Train Regulations,” Law360 (August 2015) (co-author); “Oil Train Update: New Federal Regulations Go into Effect, Washington Enacts Legislation, and Legal Battles Continue,” Marten Law Environmental News (July 2015); “CERCLA Liability for Air Emissions? Federal Court Ruling Could Supersize Superfund,” Legal Opinion Letter, Washington Legal Foundation (April 2015) (co-author); “New Groundwater Legislation Will Have Dramatic Impacts on California Agriculture,” Marten Law Environmental News (January 2015) (co-author); “The Columbia River Treaty Review: Will the Water Users’ Voices Be Heard?,” Marten Law Environmental News (November 2014) (co-author); “U.S. Species Plan Could ‘Zone Out’ Half of California’s Desert Solar,” Solar Industry Magazine (November 2014); “Does DRECP Draft Signal Doom for California Wind?,” North American Windpower (October 2014) (co-author).