Mary joined Earthjustice in July 2013 as a staff attorney for the coal program. She is a former trial attorney with the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division where Mary successfully litigated a variety of complex cases across the country under the federal natural resource and pollution statutes. She received the NOAA General Counsel award and multiple DOJ commendations including a nomination for the prestigious John Marshall Award.
In private practice, as a partner with Perry & Haas, Mary was one of a team of attorneys who represented families in six of the major cases arising out of the BP Texas City Refinery explosion, achieving substantial settlements for all the clients in only four months from the date of the explosion. Just prior to joining Earthjustice, Mary had her own solo law practice focusing on civil litigation with an emphasis on environmental and natural resource law.
Mary graduated from Amherst College in 1997 and earned a joint degree from The University of Texas School of Law and The LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2001. Her master’s report examined how global trade rules affect regulation of invasive species. Mary lives with her husband and three children in southeastern Pennsylvania.