Prior to joining Earthjustice, Pete worked for six years at Waterkeeper Alliance on coal-related pollution issues with Waterkeeper groups around the world.
Pete graduated from the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2011, where he received the Bonn Vigari Public Service Award for best student in environmental law. As a student, he worked for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, assisting on pesticides and petroleum bulk storage enforcement cases. Pete also participated in Pace’s Environmental Litigation Clinic for three semesters, representing a coalition of conservation groups in Clean Water Act enforcement cases against three mountaintop-removal coal mining companies that had falsified tens of thousands of pollution monitoring reports. These cases gave him the opportunity to participate in an oral argument in Kentucky state court, where he argued novel issues concerning state-court jurisdiction over federal citizen suits. Pete's diverse set of skills includes GIS mapping, field data collection, and drone piloting.
Pete grew up in Alabama and has lived for extended periods in North Carolina and New York. When he’s not working, Pete can often be found hiking and fishing with his yorkie-poodle, Bubba.
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