Job Opportunity with NRDC

Senior Attorney – Multiple Locations


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NRDC’s Litigation Team is seeking to hire one or more Senior Litigators to be affiliated with any one of our five main U.S. offices: Santa Monica, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, or Washington D.C.

The Team is a group of approximately 30 lawyers and 8 litigation and operations assistants who pursue litigation across a broad range of environmental and public health issues and in collaboration with and on behalf of communities most impacted by environmental injustices (including Black, indigenous, and people of color, and low-income and rural communities). We have filed lawsuits resisting the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle environmental protections, including cases defending national monuments, challenging the suspension of clean water safeguards, opposing offshore drilling and seismic exploration, and protecting energy efficiency standards. We also have a growing docket of environmental enforcement cases against government and private party polluters. This has recently included cases to protect the people of Newark, New Jersey and Flint, Michigan, from lead in drinking water; to remediate toxic pollution in the Penobscot River in Maine; to abate mold in New York City public housing for residents with asthma; and to halt air pollution from a coal-fired power plant in Illinois.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s physical offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until circumstances allow us to re-open our offices, we will continue to support staff with remote working arrangements.

  • Litigates significant cases on behalf of NRDC and its allies, with the ability to lead all aspects of a case from initial development through briefing, oral argument, pre-trial discovery, trials, and other court hearings.
  • Supervises the litigation of others, providing guidance and support to achieve the highest quality standards while fostering teammates’ growth and development.
  • Works with NRDC lawyers, co-counsel, and others to refine litigation strategy and coordinate with non-litigation advocacy.
  • Develops and nurtures relationships with NRDC’s advocacy programs and outside allies to identify and develop potential litigation.
  • Juris Doctorate degree and a minimum of eight years of active litigation experience.
  • Preference for experience with pretrial discovery (including written discovery and fact and expert depositions) and witness examinations at trial or other evidentiary hearings.
  • The ability to lead and inspire case teams, to mentor and support less experienced lawyers and staff, and to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
  • A demonstrated ability to work, with sensitivity and awareness, with people of different backgrounds and identities than the applicant’s own, including race, gender, sexual identity or orientation, age, class, and disability.
  • Exceptional legal writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Creativity, resourcefulness, and humility.
  • Ability to travel when necessary.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, or social justice work.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

About NRDC

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.