Roger Martella co-leads the environmental practice group at Sidley Austin LLP. He rejoined Sidley Austin LLP after serving as the general counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, concluding 10 years of litigating and handling complex environmental and natural resource matters at the Department of Justice and EPA. In 2015, Roger was recognised by Who’s Who Legal as the environmental lawyer of the year globally.
Roger’s practice focuses on three primary areas. First, Roger advises companies on developing strategic approaches to achieve their goals in light of rapidly developing demands to address climate change, promote sustainability and use clean energy. Second, Roger handles a broad range of environmental and natural resource litigation and mediation. Third, Roger advises multinational companies on compliance with environmental laws in the United States, China, the European Union and other nations.
Roger counsels approximately 50 of the world’s leading conventional and renewable energy, industrial, transportation, agricultural, forestry, and technology companies on bet-the-company environmental issues, regulatory matters, and litigation including transitioning to an era of legal controls addressing greenhouse gas emissions, increasingly stringent pollutant controls, alternative and clean energy, hydraulic fracturing, and sustainability both in the United States and abroad.
Roger employs a strategic, forward-looking approach to solving emerging law and policy issues across the world that have the potential to create both opportunities and risks for domestic and multinational energy and manufacturing companies and industries. Roger’s approach is to build a collaborative and coalition-building framework that seeks the strongest possible results through up front coordination with government, industry, and NGO stakeholders, leveraging strong honest broker relations with government officials and understanding of government approach to realise resolutions that have led to extraordinary favourable resolutions offering significant regulatory relief to industries and pennies-on-the-dollar enforcement settlements for companies.
Roger received his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1995 and his BS from Cornell University in 1992. Admissions include: District of Columbia and Maryland.
WWL says: Roger Martella is an “exceptionally creative and instinctive lawyer”, and his “impressive clientele” includes counselling 50 of the world’s leading conventional and renewable energy companies
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