Based out of Earthjustice's California office, Abigail Dillen leads the organization's litigation docket and legal advocacy work on climate change and reducing carbon pollution, identifying strategic opportunities for the expansion of clean energy and bringing down barriers to clean energy nationwide.
She directs Earthjustice's work to lead the country's transition away from fossil fuels toward cleaner sources, to improve energy efficiency, and to equip our nation's electrical grid to deliver clean, safe renewable energy.
Since joining Earthjustice in 2000, Dillen has been the force behind numerous precedent-setting legal victories that have held polluters accountable and cleared the way for clean energy nationally.
Among those, Dillen co-counseled litigation requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate first-ever standards to limit the wastewater discharge of toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants; forced the nation's largest grid operator, PJM, to reevaluate the need for a $2 billion transmission project to transport old, outdated dirty coal energy from the Ohio Valley to East Coast cities; required first-ever soot (PM2.5) limits in an air permit for a proposed new coal plant, ultimately derailing the project; established citizens' standing to enforce Clean Air Act protections for national parks and wilderness areas; and advanced the fight to stop federal funding of new coal plants.
Dillen received her B.A. from Yale University and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated Order of the Coif.