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Russell N. Fraker

Of Counsel


1350 I Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-3311
Washington

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • Reed College (B.A., 1989)
  • Yale University (M.A., 1993)
  • Vanderbilt Law School (J.D., 2008)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
  • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • D.C. District Court
Languages
Languages
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

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:

  • Advising a Fortune 50 electronics company on regulatory issues raised by its operations throughout Latin America, and managing relationships with local counsel to ensure that in-country representation conforms to the client’s requirements.
  • Tracking and reporting on worldwide regulatory developments affecting electronics and pharmaceuticals for trade associations and individual companies.
  • Researching and analyzing waste laws of all major Latin American countries to support a client’s product stewardship and recycling programs.
  • Performing due diligence on the environmental aspects of proposed corporate acquisitions, with properties spread around the world.
  • Assisting companies with the integration of new acquisitions through transfer of title to environmental permits and product registrations.
  • Researching and analyzing biosafety laws worldwide for potential regulatory impacts on seeds and livestock produced using novel technologies.
  • Advising electronics industry groups on collective advocacy to amend Latin American product take-back and energy efficiency regulations to make compliance practical.
  • Assisting a major metropolitan water treatment plant to secure air emissions permits for new and modified sources and equipment.
  • Researching and analyzing Latin American chemical regulatory laws for a client’s global compliance project.
  • Representing a food company in purchase of property that was the site of historical waste dumping, to enable voluntary remediation without incurring liability.

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.

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