Paulo Palugod is a lawyer at Earthjustice in Seattle. He has worked on cases to protect the Puget Sound from ship pollution and wastewater; to ensure that federal and state agencies consider greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed fracked-gas-to-methanol facility in Kalama, Washington; to challenge Trump regulations that reverse protections for endangered species; and to restore salmon and orca populations in the Puget Sound and Klamath Basin.
Prior to Earthjustice, Paulo spent seven years in the Obama administration in the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. There, he helped oversee the Division’s docket; worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation; negotiated a settlement agreement with Sunoco to require upgrades of its leak detection systems and inspection of its crude oil pipelines; and advanced administration initiatives to further environmental justice and honor obligations to Tribes. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and worked on the climate resilience team in the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Paulo lives in Beacon Hill with his partner and enjoys backpacking, cooking, HIIT classes, and interior design.