Michael Wall

Codirector, Litigation

Michael Wall litigates major cases to prevent pollution, protect public health and the environment, and preserve the rights of all Americans to seek justice in the courts. Among other cases, he has led the plaintiffs’ trial teams in lawsuits that reshaped federal and state water project operations in California’s Central Valley. He has won court orders that forced the Maritime Administration to halt the illegal discharge of hazardous waste into San Francisco Bay and that held the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation liable for drying out 60 miles of the San Joaquin River. He also represented residents of Dickson, Tennessee, in a landmark environmental justice victory that protected them from toxic chemicals in groundwater and the soil under their homes. Before joining NRDC, Wall served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, and practiced at a private firm. He clerked for the Honorable Edward E. Carnes on the Eleventh Circuit and is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers and of the American Bar Foundation. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


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