Russell Fraker represents clients in domestic and international environmental matters, predominantly through compliance counseling on regulatory regimes affecting facilities and products. He has broad, multi-jurisdictional experience with air, biosafety, chemical, product stewardship, waste, and water laws.
Russell has worked throughout the Americas, and has particularly deep experience in Brazil and Canada. As a member of the Firm’s Latin American practice group, he assists companies with a wide range of compliance issues across the region, including market access requirements for products, facility permitting and audits, defense against enforcement actions, transactional due diligence, and waste classification and management.
Within the U.S., Russell works primarily in the major media laws (air, soil, and water) and the regulation of products in the electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. He often works with industry groups to respond to Clean Air Act regulations, submitting comments on proposed EPA rules and subsequent petitions for agency reconsideration and challenges in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for judicial review of final rules.
Examples of Russell’s recent work include:
Before law school, Russell worked as an environmental consultant to the oil, forestry, and telecommunications industries, as a marine fisheries observer, and in the planning, permitting, and repair of undersea cable systems in over twenty countries. His work in the non-profit sector includes past management positions in two conservation organizations and his current position on the National Forest Leadership Council.
Russell received his law degree in 2008 from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a co-founder and Managing Editor of the Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review . He also has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Reed College and a master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University.