K. Russell LaMotte
1350 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-3311Washington
- Cornell University (A.B., 1989)(Phi Beta Kappa)
- Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1993)
- Harvard Law Review (1991-1993)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
- District of Columbia
- Pennsylvania (inactive)
- American Bar Association
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
Mr. LaMotte helps multinational companies navigate international environmental regulatory regimes and multi-jurisdictional product compliance regulatory matters. He served for over ten years as an international lawyer at the U.S. Department of State, representing the U.S. Government in designing, negotiating or implementing most of the major multilateral environmental and oceans agreements. He also served as a clerk for the Hon. Judith Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. LaMotte co-chairs the Firm’s International Environmental Practice, and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. His experience and representative matters include:
Chemicals, Substances in Articles, Product-Related Environmental Compliance, and Supply Chain Management
- Advising U.S. consumer products and manufacturing companies on implementation of SEC conflict minerals rule and related supply chain management issues.
- Advising global clients on issues relating to corporate due diligence and human rights, including United Nations Guiding Principles and emerging supply chain management demands relating to forced labor in complex supply chains.
- Advising chemicals, pesticides, toy, and electronics companies on compliance with chemicals-related market access regulations, including REACH, RoHS, and other national-level chemical and article import notification schemes. Extensive work on multijurisdictional projects involving complex market access and compliance challenge for chemical products overseas.
- Representing the semiconductor industry on the new listing of a substance in the Stockholm POPs Convention with critical applications for semiconductor manufacturing.
- Advising and representing pharmaceutical companies seeking essential use exemptions for ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Clean Air Act.
- Advising and representing electronics importers on the U.S. excise tax on substances manufactured with ozone-depleting substances.
Biotechnology, Access and Benefit-Sharing, and Biodiversity
- Advising consumer products, chemicals and ag-biotech companies on the global impact of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including relevant due diligence strategies for genetic resources and products derived from genetic resources.
- Advising ag-biotech companies regarding the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and GMO product approvals, with a focus on multijurisdictional projects involving new technologies or emerging issues.
- Advising and representing global crop protection trade association on matters relating to the Rotterdam Convention.
- Advising multinational agrosciences companies on the listing of substances under the Rotterdam Convention and POPs treaties.
- Advising consumer product manufacturers on environmental due diligence and compliance implications of products derived from natural ingredients.
- Advising companies on domestic and international illegal logging initiatives.
Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, and Geoengineering
- Serving as legal adviser to U.S. delegation to Kyoto Protocol meetings.
- Advising multinational corporations on implications of climate change and energy efficiency measures at the state and federal level.
- Advising North American airline industry on a broad range of climate change-related issues, including on matters relating to the development and implementation of a cap-and-trade GHG emissions reduction scheme consistent with the Kyoto Protocol and on proposals to include aviation in the already-existing European Trading System.
- Counseling Fortune 500 company on relationship between global climate change regime and stratospheric ozone regime.
- Frequent speaker on international climate change and geoengineering matters.
Oceans Law and Marine Pollution
- Serving as legal adviser or negotiator to U.S. delegations in numerous multilateral oceans-related forums, including deep seabed mining regulations at the International Seabed Authority; meeting of the States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); marine pollution agreements at the International Maritime Organization (IMO); negotiation of the UNESCO Convention on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage; and the Protocol on Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution.
- Counsel to leading company pursuing ocean iron fertilization as a tool for long-term carbon sequestration, including input on measures under review in the London Convention/London Protocol.
- Counsel to leading company engaged in archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of deep-water shipwrecks.
- Advising companies about compliance with Antarctic Treaty System agreements.
- Advising non-governmental organization regarding identification of vessels engaged in illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
- Adjunct Professor, American University's Washington College of Law ("International Business and the Environment")
- Member, Executive Council, American Society of International Law
- Member, Board of Governors, Washington Foreign Law Society
- Former Member, Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Capitol Chapter (2010-2015)
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