Abigail Dillen (@AbbieDillen ) is the Vice President of Litigation for Climate & Energy based out of Earthjustice's headquarters in San Francisco, California. Abigail leads the organization's litigation and legal advocacy to achieve the essential shift from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy.
Before stepping into her current role, Abigail was the Managing Attorney of Earthjustice’s coal program, which has played a central role in forcing the overdue retirement of coal-fired power plants around the country. She litigated many precedent-setting cases that have held polluters accountable and cleared the way for clean energy nationally. These wins include: requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate first-ever standards to govern disposal of coal ash and limit the wastewater discharge of toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants; blocking a $2 billion transmission project to transport dirty coal energy from the Ohio Valley to East Coast cities; blocking permits for new coal-fired power plants; and cutting off federal funding of new coal plants.
Abigail came to Earthjustice in 2000. Working first out of our Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana, she worked to protect public lands and the many imperiled species that depend on them, including wolves, grizzly bears, and native trout.
Abigail received her B.A. from Yale University and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated Order of the Coif.
Earthjustice is my professional home because litigation is an incredibly powerful tool to force progress and protect the things that matter most. Energy is my focus because we can’t address climate change without a transformative shift to clean energy. Climate change is my passion because I believe we still have a chance to preserve a livable planet.
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.