Eric Glitzenstein

Director of Litigation
Center for Biological Diversity
Lecturer on Law
Harvard Law School


Eric Glitzenstein is Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and the Director of Litigation at the Center for Biological Diversity, a national conservation organization dedicated to preventing human-caused extinctions and protecting life on Earth. The Center has more than 50 attorneys nationwide who litigate in federal and state courts on a wide variety of wildlife protection and other environmental issues. Mr. Glitzenstein oversees and coordinates the Center’s litigation of cases brought under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and many other statutes on which the Center’s attorneys rely to further the protection of wildlife and imperiled ecosystems.

Prior to working with the Center, Mr. Glitzenstein was the co-founder (with Professor Katherine Meyer) and Managing Partner of the D.C.-based firm Meyer & Glitzenstein, one of the nation’s leading public-interest law firms. On behalf of both national and grassroots non-profit organizations, the firm specialized in the protection of wildlife and captive animals, environmental and natural resource conservation, and open government cases, among other issues.

Prior to co-founding Meyer & Glitzenstein in 1993, Mr. Glitzenstein was a staff attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group for seven years. In that capacity, he worked on a wide variety of public-interest issues, including open government, nuclear safety, and environmental and natural resource protection.

Mr. Gitzenstein is a 1978 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a 1981 graduate (magna cum laude) of the Georgetown University Law Center. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Thomas Flannery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.