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K. Russell LaMotte


(T) (202) 789-6080
(C) (202) 413-7828

1350 I Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20005-3311

  • 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
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Mr. LaMotte practices in the area of international and U.S. environmental law. As co-chair of the Firm’s International Environmental Practice Group, he represents clients in matters relating to international environmental regulatory regimes and advises on multi-jurisdictional product compliance regulatory matters. He is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. 


Mr. LaMotte served for over ten years as an international lawyer at the U.S. Department of State, where he was most recently Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser, and where he represented the U.S. Government in either designing, negotiating or implementing most of the major environmental and oceans agreements.

Chemicals, Substances in Articles, Product-Related
Environmental Compliance, and Supply Chain Management

  • Advise U.S. consumer products and manufacturing companies on implementation of SEC conflict minerals rule and related supply chain management issues.
  • Advise 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.
  • Represented the semiconductor industry on the new listing of a substance in the Stockholm POPs Convention with critical applications for semiconductor manufacturing.
  • Advised and represented pharmaceutical companies seeking essential use exemptions for ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Clean Air Act.
  • Advise and represent electronics importers on the U.S. excise tax on substances manufactured with ozone-depleting substances.
  • Advise and represent global crop protection trade association on matters relating to the Rotterdam Convention.
  • Advise multinational agrosciences companies on the listing of substances under the Rotterdam Convention and POPs treaties.

Biotechnology and Biodiversity

  • Advise ag-biotech companies regarding the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and GMO product approvals.
  • Advise consumer product manufacturers on environmental due diligence and compliance implications of products derived from natural ingredients.
  • Advise companies on domestic and international illegal logging initiatives.

Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, and Geoengineering

  • Served as legal adviser to U.S. delegation to Kyoto Protocol meetings.
  • Advised multinational corporations on implications of climate change and energy efficiency measures at the state and federal level.
  • Advised 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.
  • Counseled 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

  • Served 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.
  • Advise companies about compliance with Antarctic Treaty System agreements.
  • Advise non-governmental organization regarding identification of vessels engaged in illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.


  • Adjunct Professor, American University's Washington College of Law (“International Business and the Environment”)
  • Appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law (3-year term) (2008-2010)
  • Appointed by President of the American Society of International Law to serve as Co-Chair of the Society’s 2010 Annual Meeting
  • Recognized in The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 
  • Recipient of numerous U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Awards
  • Recipient of EPA gold and silver medals for work on multilateral environmental agreements
  • Recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s 2001 Younger Lawyer Award


  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Judith Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Ford Fellow in Public International Law, 1993-1994
  • 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School
  • Book Review and Commentary Editor on the Harvard Law Review, 1991-1993


  • Member, Executive Council, American Society of International Law
  • Member, Board of Governors, Washington Foreign Law Society
  • Member, Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Capitol Chapter

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