Michael Wall

Litigation Director

Michael Wall leads NRDC’s Litigation Team and represents NRDC and its allies in major cases to prevent pollution, protect the environment, and preserve the people's rights to seek justice in the courts. He has led the plaintiffs' trial teams in lawsuits that reshaped federal and state water project operations in California's Central Valley; won a court order forcing the U.S. Maritime Administration to halt the illegal discharge of hazardous waste into San Francisco Bay; held 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. Prior to 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, where he was an editor for the Harvard Law Review, and clerked for Judge Edward E. Carnes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is based in NRDC's San Francisco office.

State Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Awards and Memberships

Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers


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