Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, February 26, 2019

Contact: Kieran Suckling, (520) 275-5960,

Veteran Environmental Lawyer Glitzenstein to Join Center for Biological Diversity

TUCSON, Ariz.— Eric Glitzenstein, a public interest attorney who has argued groundbreaking environmental and wildlife protection cases and helped secure protections for hundreds of species across the country, is joining the Center for Biological Diversity as its director of litigation. He’ll begin work with the Center in July.

“Eric’s tremendous expertise and passion for protecting the wild will be a game-changer in our fight to save life on Earth,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “Some of the most important environmental issues of our time will be decided in court in the coming years, and Eric will play a critical role in making sure we’re doing all we can to protect wildlife, people, air and water.”

Glitzenstein is a founding partner of public interest law firm Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP. He specializes in environmental, wildlife, animal protection, natural resource and open government cases. He has been lead or co-counsel in hundreds of cases in federal courts throughout the country. Glitzenstein has argued dozens of cases in the U.S. courts of appeals, as well as several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

On behalf of both national organizations and grassroots activists, Glitzenstein has won significant cases under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and other federal environmental and animal protection laws.

Among his victories are rulings that protected the Canada lynx and its habitat under the Endangered Species Act, led to the creation of new sanctuaries and refuges for the Florida manatee, secured federal protection under the Act for hundreds of animals and plants, led to a strengthened recovery plan for grizzly bears, eliminated plans to hunt grizzlies in Montana, halted gray whale hunting on the Washington coast and strengthened pollution standards under the Clean Water Act.

“I’m excited to be joining one of the hardest-hitting, ambitious and creative environmental groups in the country,” Glitzenstein said. “For years the Center has been at the forefront of the legal fight to save wildlife and has had a remarkable record of success. The next chapter will be the most important one yet, and I’m honored to be part of it.”

Glitzenstein is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1981, magna cum laude) and Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1978). Before co-founding the law firm with Katherine Meyer, he clerked for Judge Thomas Flannery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and served as a staff attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

He has been invited to testify before congressional committees on a variety of topics, including the proper implementation of the Endangered Species Act, the licensing of nuclear power plants, access to presidential records, the functioning of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and impacts of wind power projects on wildlife. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.

For 12 years Glitzenstein was on the board of directors of Defenders of Wildlife. He has been a vice chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Animal Law, as well as its committee on open government and right to privacy. 

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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