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Guy R. Martin

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Guy Martin is one of the senior natural resources, energy and environmental lawyers in Washington, D.C., with years of direct high level experience in the Congress, in the Executive Branch and at the state level.  Guy has years of experience representing and counseling clients with serious objectives and problems to solve in the federal government.  He covers virtually every resource area from land and water to energy resources, as well as Indian law and policy, including tribal gaming issues.  His emphasis is leading complex projects to achieve client objectives in the federal government, from specific legislative provisions to policy decisions in support of client objectives, and clearing the way through federal permits and approvals for client objectives to succeed on the offense or on the defense.  To do so, Guy develops strategy for the project, forms a team which taps the potential of the client, others at Perkins Coie and outside consultants, and then engages in an active campaign that is totally devoted to client objectives.

Current and recent clients include:  the Western Urban Water Coalition, the 13th Region of Alaska Natives, the Geothermal Energy Association, the Metropolitan Water Department for Southern California and numerous major urban water agencies in the western United States, Burlington Resources, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, El Paso Natural Gas, the Governor of Pennsylvania and numerous counties and municipalities nationwide, Boeing, Stark Investments and other financial companies, Magna Entertainment and other racing and gaming interests, business and community groups nationwide and many others.

As a former high level resources official at the Department of Interior, Congressional staff member, and the highest state resources official in Alaska, Guy works easily and authoritatively with those in office now on difficult legal and policy issues where knowledge and credibility are essential.  Strategic counseling, focused representation, negotiation and litigation are all tools used with the Congress and the key resources agencies of the federal government including Interior, Energy, EPA, Agriculture, Commerce and the White House, among others.

Prior to practicing law, Guy served as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Water Resources, and prior to that he was the Commissioner of Natural Resources for the State of Alaska.  He also served as the Director and Washington, D.C. Counsel for the State of Alaska District of Columbia Office.  Guy started his career as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Nick Begich (Alaska).

Guy earned his law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1967 and his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in 1964.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, 1985 - present
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, 1978 - present
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell 

    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Section 
  • Colorado Bar Association, Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Section 
  • Alaska Bar Association, Natural Resources, Environmental and Energy Section; Native Law Section 

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Mount Holyoke College
  • Board of Directors, Capitol Hill Community Foundation (D.C.)
  • Board of Advisors, University of Colorado School of Law, Natural Resources Law Center

Related Employment

  • Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Water Resources, 1977 - 1981
  • Commissioner of Natural Resources for the State of Alaska, 1975 - 1977
  • Washington, D.C., Counsel/Director of State of Alaska District of Columbia Office, 1973 - 1975
  • Legislative Assistant to Congressman Nick Begich (Alaska), 1971 - 1973 

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 1967
  • University of Colorado, B.A., 1964

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Alaska

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Alaska Supreme Court
  • Alaska Superior Court
  • Alaska State Courts
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • Colorado Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals