• Overview
  • Representative Cases
  • Experience
  • Recognitions
  • Memberships
  • News
  • Publications

Zak Kearns is a litigator who focuses on complex business and environmental 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.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 2014
  • Stanford University, B.A., 2008

Admitted

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Oregon
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Zak Kearns is a litigator who focuses on complex business and environmental 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.

Representative Cases

Representing group of defrauded investors in securities fraud litigation

Representing cannabis-industry clients in civil RICO litigation

After winning temporary restraining order, helped obtain favorable settlement for member of real estate development firm in membership dispute before American Arbitration Association

Obtained favorable settlement for former member of cannabis business in state-court litigation involving breach of settlement agreement

Obtained favorable settlement for cannabis business in employment and securities litigation in state court

Represented former gasoline service station owner and operator in 9-figure insurance coverage dispute involving contamination at former service station sites. Helped obtain favorable settlements from multiple insurers, and favorable results at trial

Represented large regional business in CERCLA case involving site of former industrial-scale dry cleaner. Helped assemble and worked closely with team of nationally renowned technical experts, conducted discovery, and drafted motions

Represented Fortune 100 industrial client in contract dispute with federal government before administrative agency. Federal government ultimately dropped all claims, which totaled over $25 million

Represented family ranching business in Klamath Basin Adjudication, including drafting briefs on novel questions of Oregon water law

Experience

Associate, Marten Law (2014-2017)

Summer Associate, Marten Law (2013)

Summer Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan (2012)

Recognitions

Oregon Super Lawyer Rising Star (2018)

Memberships

Oregon State Bar Environment and Natural Resources Section

Multnomah Bar Association

Publications

“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)