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(503) 283-5474, ext. 401

Amy Atwood

Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity

Ms. Atwood is a public interest environmental litigator who addresses biodiversity protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  She is an expert on listing of species as endangered or threatened and implementation of the Act. As lead counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, she negotiated a landmark settlement agreement between the Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 that has spurred the agency to re-start its program for adding species to the lists of endangered and threatened species. In addition to the Endangered Species Act, Ms. Atwood has extensive experience litigating under several federal environmental and open government laws, particularly against federal agencies regarding matters of biodiversity protection, energy development, and freedom of access to government information.

Ms. Atwood has published and spoken on the Endangered Species Act, energy issues, and open government under the Freedom of Information Act. She has also published opinion pieces, and has appeared in numerous print media and on radio.

Prior to joining the Center for Biological Diversity, Ms. Atwood spent four years at the Western Environmental Law Center. She began her career at Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, a public interest environmental law firm in Washington, D.C.  She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a member of the Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Team, and her J.D. from Vermont Law School.


Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
Staff Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center
Associate Attorney, Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal


J.D., Vermont Law School
B.A., University of California at Berkeley


Contributing Author, Litigation under the Federal Open Government Laws (Harry A. Hammitt, et al., eds.) (2002, 2004, 2009)

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