Joel Reynolds

Western Director, Sr. Atty, NRDC

Joel Reynolds joined NRDC as a Senior Attorney in 1990, after ten years with the Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, both in Los Angeles. Since 1980, he has specialized in complex law reform litigation, arguing cases on behalf of environmental and community organizations at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and has led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns. He has twice been selected California Attorney of the Year in the environmental law category and, in 2012, was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, one of the largest land trusts in California. He is a frequent contributor to the Opinion pages of major media like The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and other leading newspapers in California. His work has recently been profiled in the New York Times best seller "War of the Whales" (Simon & Schuster 2014). From 1986 to 1990, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center. He graduated from U.C. Riverside in music and political science in 1975 and Columbia Law School in 1978.