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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Connie Sue M. Martin

Connie Sue M. Martin



  • Water Law
  • Indian Law
  • Environmental Compliance and Safety
  • Agency Actions and Rulemaking

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Connie Sue Martin helps Indian tribes, ports, companies of all sizes and individuals address environmental contamination and restore injured natural resources. Whether it means compelling an agency or responsible party to act, negotiating a cleanup to fit a construction timeline, litigating in state and federal court, or drafting and enforcing tribal environmental codes, Connie Sue gets the job done.

Bar Admissions

  • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Court of Claims 
  • Hawaii State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts
  • Nooksack Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington 
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Washington State Courts 


  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude (1996)
  • Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science degree (1987)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Master of Arts degree (1993)
  • Rutgers University Institute of Animal Behavior, Graduate Fellow (1987-1988)
Areas of Practice

Agency Actions and Rulemaking | Environmental Compliance and Safety | Indian Law | Water Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Environmental Cleanup

  • Represents two port districts in ongoing cleanup at a number of sites in southwestern Washington.
  • Represents a private marine construction company in Oregon in addressing natural resource damage claims asserted by federal and state agencies and several Indian tribes.
  • Represents a lumber company in an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency of naturally occurring asbestos.

Environmental Litigation

  • Represents the Port of Vancouver in an adjudication by the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council of an energy project proposed by a port tenant.
  • Defended a small business owner in an administrative penalty action brought by the Environmental Protection Agency for Clean Water Act violations based on industrial stormwater discharges without a permit.
  • Represented a former service station owner in a Model Toxics Control Act cost recovery action.
  • Represented a private marina owner in a Clean Water Act citizen suit against a municipality for unpermitted discharges of stormwater and pollutants into the marina’s moorage basin.
  • Defended a commercial shellfish harvester against shellfish trespass claims brought by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
  • Represented citizens’ groups in an action before the Pollution Control Hearings Board challenging the permits issued to a regional commuter railroad and its compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.
  • Represented the Colville Confederated Tribes in Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals Ltd., the first enforcement of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) against a responsible party located outside the United States for impacts within the United States.

Indian Law

  • Represents the Nooksack Indian Tribe in the U.S. v. Washington treaty rights litigation.
  • Represents the Nooksack Tribe’s corporate entity in its casino loan workout litigation, Outsource Services Management v. Nooksack Business Corporation.
  • Represents three California tribes in their efforts to be restored to federal recognition.
  • Drafted a tribal Superfund code and cleanup standards for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; assists the Band in its ongoing implementation and enforcement of the code.


  • State of Commercial Real Estate and Construction in the Pacific Northwest
  • Tribal Resources Damage Claims: Culverts Case Implications for Tribal Trusteeship and Natural Resource Damage Claims
  • Expect Faster Cleanups and Redevelopment of Brownfield Properties with New VCP Law
  • Working Around an Unworkable Voluntary Cleanup Program
  • How to handle an environmental inspection
  • Washington Department of Ecology Issues ?Updated Water Quality Permit for Large-Scale CAFOs
  • Dairy Settlement Sets Difficult Precedent for Agriculture


  • Navigate the Latest Remediation Opportunities and Challenges on your Projects
  • Tribal Consultations Conference
  • Tribal NRD Assessments Seminar: PFOAs, PFOSs, PFCs and Other Emerging Persistent Contaminants in Water Supplies
  • On the Edge of the World—Navigating Environmental and Legal Challenges on the Washington Coast
  • Developing Contaminated and Blighted Properties: The Developer Perspective
  • Developing Contaminated and Blighted Properties
  • Tribes as Trustees

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