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Alexandra Bowman for NRDC

Since NRDC’s founding in 1970, our attorneys have been at the forefront of the environmental legal movement. In 2006, we established the Litigation Team—a specialized team of attorneys who litigate across the breadth of NRDC’s specializations—to bolster our litigation capacity, particularly in complex and evidentiary cases. We litigate across a broad range of environmental and public health issues, often working closely with NRDC’s subject-matter experts. In addition to representing NRDC, our attorneys may also represent other nonprofit organizations, community groups, and individuals.

Today, the litigation team includes about 40 attorneys and assistants in Chicago; New York City; San Francisco; Santa Monica, California; and Washington, D.C. In federal and state courts across the country, we advance and defend environmental protections and hold polluters accountable when they break the law. Our recent work includes:

Winning a case and translating that victory into real-world results may take years, or even decades. It may involve intensive discovery, evidentiary hearings, or complex remedy implementation efforts. But we persist as long as it takes because we’re fighting for healthy people, healthy ecosystems, and a just, climate-resilient future.

NRDC’s Litigation Team regularly hires recent law school graduates for fellowship positions. Learn more about our fellowships.

For other opportunities, including for law students, please visit our FAQs about legal internships and NRDC’s Careers page.

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