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Mr. Halterman was a partner in Marstel-Day from 2003 through March 2021, serving as its general counsel and chief financial officer, as well as leading program areas and major projects. His clients included the Department of Defense, US Marine Corps, Navy and Army, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service among other federal, state, local government, NGO and private-sector clients. He remains available to the firm as a senior executive consultant in the areas of communication, outreach, and engagement strategy/plan development; strategic planning generally, compatible land-use planning; legislative and regulatory analysis and assessment. He has a life-long appreciation for the natural environment Growing up n a small town in a rural setting he was inspired during his youth to become an environmentalist, conservation enthusiast, and activist by publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.
Prior to joining Marstel-Day, he spent a career as a congressional employee, retiring from the dual position of Democratic Counsel/Policy Director of the US House Armed Services Committee and General Counsel to Representative Ronald V. Dellums, for whom he worked 28 years. After retiring from congressional service and before joining Marstel-Day, he provided consulting services at the intersection of national security and environmental policy, continuing to utilize his facilitation and consensus building skills on resolving complex and contentious issues. This includes his tenure on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory National Ignition Facility Directorate Review Committee and his work facilitating policies, procedures and projects for ecological management of water resources while supporting the Port of Oakland, San Francisco International Airport and serving as the Director of the Bay Dredging Action Coalition. Among many other civic commitments, he served as a member of the California Democratic Party State Central Committee and Executive Board; served as President and Chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and the ACLU Foundation of Northern California; served on the Board and as Chairman/President of the Oakland Ballet Association; and was a founding member of Human Rights Advocates, an organization dedicated to training lawyers to utilize international human rights law in US practice.
Mr. Halterman co-authored Defense Sense: The Search for a Rationale Military Policy (Ballinger Pub Co., 1983); Lying Down with the Lions: A Public Life from the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power (Beacon Press, 2000); and, “The Fog of War(Powers)” (37 Stanford Int’l Law Journal 197, 2001). He is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar and of the bars of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Supreme Court of the State of California. He maintains his status as an active member of the California Bar.
Mr. Halterman received his BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law). While in law school, he served a legal internship at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland and was a member of the Law School’s Moot Court Board.