Claire Woods

Senior Attorney

Claire Woods litigates cases in state and federal court to prevent pollution, preserve the environment, and protect communities from environmental contaminants and health hazards. Woods has worked on cases to clean up chromium, lead, and volatile organic compounds from 1950s-era sludge lagoons, abate excess and unlawful air emissions from power plants and other industrial polluters, remediate polluted groundwater aquifers, and hold manufacturers accountable for unlawful and harmful chemical releases. Most recently, she served as lead counsel in litigation brought by residents of Newark, New Jersey against public officials for their violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which led to astronomical levels of lead in residents' drinking water. Prior to joining NRDC, Woods served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, where she represented federal agencies in civil litigation to enforce environmental statutes against polluters. Woods holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is based in NRDC's Santa Monica office. 

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