Patti Goldman is a managing attorney of the Northwest regional office in Seattle, WA.
Early in her legal career, Patti litigated many public interest issues, including civil rights, constitutional law, governmental accountability, pesticides, and trade and the environment. When she decided to move into environmental litigation full-time, she dreamed of working for Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (as Earthjustice was known then). That dream came true in 1994, when she joined the Northwest office as a staff attorney; she became managing attorney in 1998. Patti went on to serve as Earthjustice's Vice President for Litigation until 2014.
As a litigator, she has concentrated on safeguarding ancient forests, salmon, and water quality; preventing risks from pesticides; and the threat international trade institutions pose to environmental protections. Patti's work at Earthjustice was instrumental in preserving and extending protections for Northwest national forests by thwarting Bush administration attempts to roll back federal laws. She's gone up against chemical companies seeking to keep hazardous pesticides on the market and against international trade institutions, like the WTO, that threaten to undermine environmental protection. Some of her sweetest victories have occurred when litigation has remedied injustices to farmworkers poisoned by pesticides and to Indian tribes whose way of life is threatened by poor stewardship of our environment. In 2007, she was given the woman of the year award by the Seattle University Women's Law Caucus. She has been named a Superlawyer by Washington Law and Politics since 2006.
For a decade prior to joining Earthjustice, Patti worked for Public Citizen Litigation Group. In 1983, she graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, where she served as editor in chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. After graduating, she clerked for a federal district judge and worked on women's civil rights litigation through a Georgetown University Law School fellowship. She has a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
"By enforcing the Endangered Species Act, Earthjustice is making sure this country is fulfilling its trust to future generations."