Michael Ceja Martinez is Managing Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward.

Mike has represented labor unions, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in challenges to unlawful policies under the Administrative Procedure Act and U.S. Constitution. His cases involve environmental conservation and justice, consumer protection, occupational safety and health, and other issues.

Prior to joining Democracy Forward, Mike served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. There, he represented the United States and federal agencies in all aspects of complex environmental matters under various federal pollution control statutes, including the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

Mike was also formerly a member of the Litigation practice at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.

Mike graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Senior Editor on the Columbia Law Review and President of the Latinx Law Students Association. He then clerked for United States District Court Judges Philip R. Martinez in the Western District of Texas and S. James Otero in the Central District of California. Mike also holds a B.A. with honors from Stanford University.

Mike is a member of the California and District of Columbia bars.

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