Svend A. Brandt-Erichsen

Svend Brandt-Erichsen has been an environmental lawyer for 25 years, having spent 20 years in private practice. Svend began his career on the legislative staff of Alaska’s Senator Ted Stevens and served as Regional Administrator of the State of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). His practice is focused on the development and ongoing operation of energy and natural resource projects. Svend is managing partner of Marten Law’s Seattle Office.

Svend has litigated claims and advised companies on permitting and other issues arising under all of the major environmental statutes. In addition to permitting and compliance issues under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and RCRA, this has included a wide variety of matters under the Endangered Species Act, as well as litigation over the adequacy of environmental assessment and impact statements under NEPA and its state law counterparts. He has litigated cost recovery and natural resource damage claims under CERCLA and state law. He also has advised utilities on TSCA requirements, and helped utilities negotiate the fish and wildlife mitigation measures for hydroelectric projects. Svend routinely handles appeals involving environmental matters, having argued cases in the Fifth, Ninth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the State courts in Washington and Alaska, and participated in appellate proceedings in the Third, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits.


  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University (1988)
  • B.A., University of Colorado (1984)

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bars of Alaska and Washington
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, D.C., and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for Alaska, the Western District of Washington, and the Central District of Illinois

Contact Svend A. Brandt-Erichsen

Marten Law
1191 Second Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, Washington  98101
Phone: (206) 292-2611


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Washington

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