Senior Attorney, Northwest Regional

  • Earthjustice
  • Hybrid (Seattle, WA, USA)
  • Jan 22, 2024
Full time Legal

Job Description

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to defend magnificent places and irreplaceable ecosystems; to transition our economy to 100% clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, tribes, individuals, and communities to address the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Bozeman, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

The Northwest Office opened in 1987 to enable Earthjustice to take a more active role in preserving the unique natural resources and environment of the Pacific Northwest. Since that time, the Northwest office has undertaken campaigns to protect old growth forests, promote salmon recovery, improve water quality, protect Puget Sound, the Salish Sea, and the communities that depend on them, stop coal-fired power plants, prevent the Pacific Northwest from becoming a fossil fuel fossil fuel export hub, promote an equitable transition to 100% clean energy, fight air pollution, and protect farmworkers and communities from toxic pesticides, among other things. Although the primary focus of the Northwest office is representing environmental and community groups in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and northern California, we often take cases with national and international scope.

This Senior Attorney role would engage in all types of matters brought by the office, although a substantial portion of this position would involve work on salmon habitat and river protection.

Our office is located in the heart of downtown Seattle near the federal and state courthouses and the waterfront. Our goal is to produce the highest quality legal work in a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment. The Northwest Office has a staff of 17, including 13 attorneys.


  • Lead complex cases and the full range of litigation tasks, including factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, trials, and oral advocacy.
  • Work with clients, other attorneys, and partners to investigate, develop, and litigate cases.
  • Work with our media and policy and legislation teams, as well as clients and partners, to leverage legal advocacy to obtain positive change and results.
  • Train and mentor junior attorneys, including by building their litigation skills in the course of legal advocacy.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with new and diverse clients and other partner organizations.


  • Law school graduate and state bar admission. Must be willing to apply for admission to the Washington State Bar if not already admitted.
  • 6+ years of litigation experience is required; 8+ years of litigation experience preferred.
  • Experience working on issues surrounding salmon habitat and river protection, including the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act, strongly preferred.
  • Excellent research, analytic, writing, and communication skills required; trial skills a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with a diverse set of clients and partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Able to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Commitment to public interest work and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission, including a desire to fight for the right of all to a healthy environment.
  • A sense of humor and a willingness to have fun

Salary depends on experience and location.

Salary range in Seattle, WA: $158,700+ depending on experience

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Earthjustice is a qualifying employer for purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

For litigators and advocates committed to saving the planet and the people who depend on it, being a Senior Attorney at Earthjustice is the best job on the planet. Learn more about our Senior Attorney careers and work online here:

To Apply

Interested candidates should send the following via Jobvite:

  • Resume
  • One or two page cover letter that addresses (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission; and (2) any experiences you have working on salmon habitat and river protection, including work with tribal communities.
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.

We are looking to hire a candidate that is available to start any time between March and June 2024.  Preference will be given to candidates who apply by February 11, 2024. After that, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies please.

Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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