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Christopher Amato

Staff Attorney

Christopher Amato is a staff attorney in the Northeast regional office in New York, NY.

Chris has over 30 years’ experience litigating complex environmental matters in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Before joining Earthjustice, Chris served as Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where he provided policy direction for all DEC natural resource programs, including freshwater and tidal wetlands; stream protection; fish, wildlife and marine resources; endangered and threatened species; open space and land acquisition; and management of state-owned forest lands and wildlife management areas.

Chris previously served as Deputy Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General's Office, where he supervised the Bureau's enforcement and defensive environmental litigation in upstate New York. Prior to working at the Attorney General’s office, Chris was Senior Litigator with the Environmental Law Division of the New York City Law Department, where he handled major environmental enforcement cases from trial through appeal, including several complex Superfund matters.

While in private practice, Chris served as Environmental Counsel to the Onondaga, Cayuga, and Tuscarora Indian Nations and also represented the Nations on treaty rights, cultural resource, taxation, and sovereignty issues. Chris also worked as a fisheries biologist with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pacific Northwest.

Chris’s work at Earthjustice focuses on environmental justice issues and on protection of public lands and wildlife.