Connie Sue Martin

Connie Sue Martin

Partner, Industry Group Leader

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC

Connie Sue Martin helps Indian tribes and companies address environmental contamination and restore injured natural resources. She is one of the country’s most experienced practitioners of environmental Native American law, with over 20 years of experience representing tribes.

As outside counsel for tribes, ‎she reviews and evaluates tribal codes and has drafted tribal Superfund ‎ordinances and soil, sediment, groundwater, and surface water cleanup standards, environmental enforcement manuals, civil ‎procedure and appellate procedure codes, enforcement of judgment rules, tax codes, ‎and corporation codes. She is also a litigator with significant experience representing tribes in complex litigation ‎before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration. ‎

Connie Sue’s environmental practice focuses primarily on hazardous substance contamination. Spills happen, and when they do, Connie Sue guides clients through emergency spill response, investigations, remediation, regulatory compliance and reporting, enforcement actions, and citizen suits. She also helps clients to prevent or reduce environmental liabilities through environmental due diligence, contractual allocations of liability and negotiated or litigated resolutions. 
Connie Sue has significant technical and policy training and experience. Early in her career, she ‎completed the Department of Interior’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment and ‎Restoration Training at the National Conservation Training Center, a program for federal, ‎state, and tribal trustee agency personnel that is not open to the private sector. In ‎addition, with the National Tribal Environmental Council’s Superfund Working Group, she ‎helped develop policy guidance for the implementation of CERCLA on Indian ‎reservations. ‎She is presently a member of the Washington Department of Ecology’s Stakeholder and Tribal Advisory Group (STAG) for the update to the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Rule, an appointment that recognizes her expertise in navigating the MTCA cleanup process.

Connie Sue has been recognized by U.S. News–Best Lawyers in America annually ‎since 2010 for her expertise in environmental and natural resources law and litigation ‎and Native American law. In 2015 and 2017, she was named the Native American Law ‎Lawyer of the Year for Seattle.‎