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David Cassuto

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Staff Attorney

Location: Washington, D.C.
Supervisor: Vice-President, Conservation Law

Position Description

This position is based in Defenders’ Washington, D.C. National Headquarters office and requires working knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources law and significant litigation experience. Primary emphasis is on litigating cases under federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and helping to develop and advance Defenders’ conservation policies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Litigate cases brought under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Act, Refuge Improvement Act, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information Act and other federal statutes
  • Develop innovative litigation strategies and cases to protect imperiled wildlife species, to conserve wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems in the face of global warming, and to ensure conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands
  • Actively participate in the development and advancement of Defenders’ conservation policy goals
  • Help to develop a network of pro bono attorneys and manage outside counsel
  • Advise staff on legal questions and legislative matters
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Juris Doctor degree, admitted to at least one state bar

Experience: 3+ years of litigation experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


  • Strong legal writing, research, and verbal communications skills
  • Working knowledge of federal natural resources, public lands, and wildlife conservation laws
  • Demonstrated commitment to public-interest advocacy, environmental protection and natural resources conservation

How To Apply

Interested applicants please reference Staff Attorney in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history (must be included to be considered) to us via e-mail at:


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