About NRDC: NRDC Staff

Mitchell Bernard

Mitchell Bernard is NRDC's litigation director. At NRDC, he has successfully litigated water, air, toxics, and environmental justice cases against Texaco, Mallinckrodt, Duke Energy, and a variety of government agencies. From 1995-98, as a monitor appointed by United States District Judge John S. Martin, Jr., he oversaw the creation and implementation of an environmental compliance program at Con Edison. He later served as a consultant to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He graduated with honors from Princeton University, where he received the Page Prize for Achievements in Creative Writing. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and won the Poses Prize for student clinical practice. He served as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Dimple Chaudhary

Dimple Chaudhary is a senior attorney with NRDC's Litigation Team in Washington, D.C. Dimple previously worked with NRDC's Urban Program and Litigation Team as a legal fellow from 2005-2007. Before returning to NRDC, she clerked for Judge Carol B. Amon for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale LLP. Dimple holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.Sc. in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

Aaron Colangelo

Aaron Colangelo is a senior attorney with NRDC’s Litigation Team in DC. Aaron has litigated cases regarding coastal water quality, farmworker exposure to pesticides, and toxic chemicals in children’s toys and other consumer products. Aaron also teaches an environmental protection clinic at Howard University School of Law. Before joining NRDC in 2001, Aaron worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling. Aaron graduated from Penn State University and Harvard Law School.

Peter DeMarco

Peter DeMarco is a Ford Fellow with the Litigation Team in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.S. from Stanford's Emmett-Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. At Stanford, Pete served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and the Afghanistan Legal Education Project. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University and an M.A. in African Studies from the University of Ghana at Legon.

Rachel Heron

Rachel Heron has joined the Litigation Team in the Washington, D.C. office as the 2013-2015 Beagle Fellow. She previously clerked for Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rachel holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as a managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and represented clients through Harvard's Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Green New York Clinic, and Supreme Court Clinic. Rachel received her bachelor's degree from Lafayette College, concentrating in both English and Geology.

Margaret Hsieh

Margaret Hsieh is a Schwarz Fellow with NRDC's Litigation Team in New York. She previously interned with the Litigation Team during the summer of 2010. Before returning to NRDC, Margaret clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Allyne Ross in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Margaret holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. in Literature from Harvard College.

Jared Knicley

Jared Knicley is a Beagle Fellow with NRDC's Litigation Team in Washington, D.C. He previously interned in the D.C. office during the summer of 2011. Before returning to NRDC, Jared clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Jared holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, participated in the Green New York Clinic, and served as a teaching fellow for a course on environmental politics. Jared received his bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Selena Kyle

Selena Kyle heads the new Chicago branch of the Litigation Team. Her current docket focuses on Midwest environmental justice issues, including the open storage of petroleum coke and coal in working-class communities of color on Chicago's southeast side. Her past work includes successful lawsuits to block a California state budget raid of $155 million in energy efficiency funding; to help protect neighbors of a rural Tennessee landfill from toxic contamination that has leached into their well water and the air in and around their homes; and to curb overfishing of Pacific groundfish. In 2012, a California legal newspaper named Selena one of the state's top 50 lawyers in their first decade of practice. Before joining NRDC, Selena clerked for Judge Susan Dlott on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She attended Stanford Law School and University.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is the litigation assistant for the Litigation Team in DC. Before joining NRDC, Jennifer was a legal assistant at Skadden Arps, a finance intern at Citigroup, and traveled to Costa Rica to study tropical ecology and sustainable development. She graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor's degrees in environmental policy and international studies.

Gabriel Levine

Gabriel Levine is the litigation assistant for the Litigation Team in New York. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Yale University, where he wrote his senior thesis on the ethics of climate engineering. Gabe previously worked as a Yale President's Public Service Fellow with the City of New Haven Office of Sustainability, and as an intern with NRDC’s New York Program.

Nancy Marks

Nancy Marks is a senior attorney on the Litigation Team in New York, where she has worked since 1986. She has worked recently on cases to clean up chromium wastes from a residential urban community, to abate moldy conditions in New York City public housing for residents with asthma, to ban pesticides and other dangerous chemicals, and to address mercury contamination in two rivers. Nancy also co-directs NRDC’s environmental law clinic with New York University School of Law. She holds degrees in geology from Williams College and Stanford University and is a 1983 graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to joining NRDC in New York, Nancy served two years in the environmental protection division of the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, and spent one year as a legal fellow in NRDC’s San Francisco office.

Sharmeen Morrison

Sharmeen Morrison is the litigation assistant for the litigation team in San Francisco. Prior to joining NRDC, she studied substance use and youth cultures at the Institute for Scientific Analysis, a sociological research non-profit. Sharmeen holds a B.A. in sociology from UC Berkeley.


Jaclyn Prange

Jaclyn Prange is an attorney with the litigation team in San Francisco. Before joining NRDC, Jackie represented public agencies and environmental organizations in land use and environmental matters at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. She also clerked for the Honorable Cormac J. Carney on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Jackie holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from UCLA School of Public Health, and a B.S. in biology and political science from University of Oregon.

Josh Purtle

Josh Purtle is a Koob Fellow in NRDC's San Francisco Office. Before joining the Litigation Team, Josh clerked for Justice Joel H. Bolger of the Supreme Court of Alaska. Josh holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale College.

Cassie Marlantes Rahm

Cassie Marlantes Rahm is an attorney with the Litigation Team in New York. She has worked on cases in federal and state court involving mountaintop removal coal mining, stormwater pollution, and pesticide regulation, among others. Prior to joining NRDC in 2011, Cassie worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Cassie received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, and during law school served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review.

Jen Sorenson

Jen Sorenson is an attorney with NRDC's Litigation Team in San Francisco. She has worked recently on cases to protect whales and other marine mammals from exposure to sonar and explosives during Navy training exercises, and to restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock production. In 2013, Jen received the Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award from the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Before joining NRDC, Jen clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Wesleyan University and Yale Law School.

Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer is the legal program assistant in NRDC's Chicago Office. Before joining the Litigation Team, Craig was a research assistant at the American Bar Foundation and a Princeton-in-Asia Research Fellow in NRDC's Beijing Office, where he worked to support the legal advocacy of Chinese environmental non-profits. Craig received his bachelor's degrees in history and international studies from Northwestern University.

Sarah Tallman

Sarah Tallman is a Litigation Fellow in NRDC's Chicago Office. Before joining the Litigation Team, Sarah clerked for Hon. Karen Nelson Moore on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sarah holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the admissions committee of the Yale Law Journal and was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton University.

Michael Wall

Michael Wall is NRDC's deputy litigation director. He led the plaintiffs' trial teams in two multi-week evidentiary hearings to protect delta smelt and chinook salmon from the operations of state and federal water projects; won a ruling that the U.S. Maritime Administration must halt illegal pollution at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, in San Francisco Bay; established that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had illegally desiccated sixty miles of the San Joaquin River; and achieved a landmark environmental justice victory to protect drinking water in Dickson, Tennessee. Michael previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced at a private firm. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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