Natalie Barefoot


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Natalie tackles international ocean issues with the belief that legal protections should be earth-oriented, community-inspired, and respect all living beings. By focusing legal strategies through the lens of wildlife and in particular keystone species, such as sharks and cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), Natalie advances protections for wildlife and their ocean habitats.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Natalie was the director of University of Miami School of Law’s Environmental Justice Clinic. Before University of Miami, Natalie provided legal services and support through Cet Law to communities and organizations seeking to improve protections for cetaceans all over the world.

Natalie also worked with the United Nation Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Post Conflict and Disaster Management Branch based out of Geneva, Switzerland as a programme officer specializing in general legal and environmental law issues. Before joining UNEP, Natalie was an attorney with Hogan Lovells, LLP in their Miami office, focusing her law practice on environmental litigation involving such laws as the endangered species act and coastal zone management act. Prior to embarking on a career as an attorney, Natalie worked in international development as a financial specialist and grants manager with Pact, Inc., based in Harare, Zimbabwe and Washington, D.C.

Natalie loves to spend time with her clients diving, swimming, paddling, and boating in or on the water.

The Latest from Natalie Barefoot

An oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, swims in the waters off Hawaii.
July 26, 2022

We’re Showing Sharks Some Legal Love

As part of our work to preserve biodiversity, Earthjustice has mounted a series of legal challenges to protect vulnerable shark species from industrial fishing.

August 19, 2021

NOAA Just Named 31 Nations That Engage in Illegal or Unregulated Fishing. Here’s Why That’s a Step in the Right Direction.

This new approach will help the agency protect marine biodiversity.
One of the ocean's biggest and most powerful fish, bluefin tuna are disappearing because of commercial fishing in the areas where they reproduce.
November 20, 2020

World Trade Organization Is Negotiating New Agreement to Protect Our Oceans From Overfishing

Earthjustice is one of more than 160 leading environmental organizations that have signed on in support of ending unsustainable funding practices