George Torgun

Senior Attorney Oceans Program

George Torgun, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice

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George Torgun is a senior attorney with the Oceans Program, and is based in San Francisco. His practice focuses on fighting fossil fuel development and protecting the biodiversity of our ocean ecosystems.

George has been working on environmental issues throughout his career, which includes service in both federal and state government, and working at non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Oceans Program, George spent six years a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice, was the managing attorney at San Francisco Baykeeper, and worked as an attorney in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. This is also George’s second stint at Earthjustice, as he spent nine years in the California Regional Office from 2004-2013.

George received his B.A. in environmental studies and political science from Gettysburg College, and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

George and his partner, Sarah Burt (a deputy managing attorney in the International Program), and their sons Robin and Sasha live in Berkeley with two cats, four chickens, and a pet snake. When not in the office, George spends much of his time trail running, coaching youth baseball, and exploring the outdoors with his family.

The Latest from George Torgun

March 31, 2023

In the News: Mother Jones

Team Biden Just Offered an Italy-Sized Area of the Gulf of Mexico to Big Oil

“These leases were brought back to life by the IRA but there was no legal reason to offer almost the entire Gulf of Mexico to the oil and gas industry.”
March 29, 2023

In the News: CNN

Biden administration moves ahead with massive Gulf of Mexico drilling auction, weeks after approving Willow Project

“There’s nothing in the IRA that required it to be so large. If it goes forward as planned, it’s double the size of Willow. It’s going to lock in fossil fuel development in the Gulf for the next 50 years.”
March 14, 2023

In the News: Associated Press

Alaska oil project approval adds yet another climate concern

“This administration has pledged to oversee a historic transition to clean energy, but actions speak louder than words.”