Selena Kyle

Senior Attorney

Selena Kyle focuses on complex evidentiary litigation and environmental justice-oriented matters. She served as lead trial counsel for the remedy phase and oversees the settlement of NRDC's Clean Air Act citizen suit against the owner of the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant outside Peoria, Illinois. The settlement requires the plant to close by the end of 2022 and provides close to $9 million for Peoria-area bus electrification, low-income energy efficiency, solar, lung health, and job training programs to help support Illinois’s clean energy transition. Kyle has also supported NRDC and Chicago-based environmental justice groups in opposing the proposed relocation of the General Iron metal-shredding facility from Chicago’s wealthy North Side to the Southeast Side, and in pushing for EPA to better study and control methylene chloride pollution that threatens neighbors of hazardous-waste recycling facilities and workers across the country. Her past accomplishments include protecting neighbors of a Tennessee landfill from air and water contamination; defeating a Monsanto challenge to California's decision to list the active ingredient in Roundup as a carcinogen; abating stormwater pollution in Los Angeles County rivers and ocean waters; and blocking a California state budget raid of $155 million in energy-efficiency funding.  

Kyle is a 2020 recipient of the American Constitution Society's Ruth Goldman Award, for women in the Chicago legal community who have made significant contributions to advance the status of women in the legal profession and the goals of ACS. In 2012, she was recognized by The Recorder, a California legal newspaper, as one of the state’s top 50 lawyers in their first decade of practice. Before joining NRDC, Kyle clerked for Judge Susan Dlott on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics and urban studies and a J.D. from Stanford University. She is based in NRDC's Chicago office.  

Bar Admissions

California
Illinois

Court Admissions

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 Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Awards and Memberships

2020 American Constitution Society 2020 Legal Legend/Ruth Goldman Award
2021 California Lawyer on the Fast Track


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