Michael Wall

Codirector, Litigation

Michael Wall litigates major cases to prevent pollution, protect the environment, and preserve the rights of all Americans to seek justice in the courts. He led the plaintiffs’ trial teams in lawsuits that reshaped federal and state water project operations in California’s Central Valley; won court orders forcing the Maritime Administration to halt the illegal discharge of hazardous waste into San Francisco Bay and holding the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation liable for drying out 60 miles of the San Joaquin River; and represented residents of Dickson, Tennessee, in a landmark environmental justice victory to address toxic chemicals in groundwater under their homes. Before joining NRDC, Wall served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced at a private firm. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, clerked for the Honorable Edward E. Carnes on the Eleventh Circuit, and is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He is based in NRDC’s San Francisco office.


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