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Government Experience

  • Department of Justice: Environment & Natural Resources Division—Senior Attorney, Environmental Defense Section (2009-2019)


  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (2001) cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2004) cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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Amanda Shafer Berman

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.688.3451
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Amanda Shafer Berman is a partner in the Environment & Natural Resources and Litigation groups in the Washington, D.C. office. Amanda draws on her extensive appellate and district court experience to achieve the best possible outcome for clients in a wide variety of litigation, including cases arising under environmental statutes.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Amanda served as a senior attorney in the Department of Justice’s Environmental Defense Section. She briefed and argued over a dozen cases in the federal courts of appeals, winning all matters in which a decision was rendered.  These included seminal environmental cases such as Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA (addressing EPA’s first greenhouse gas regulations, upheld in large part by the Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA); White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA (addressing power plant emissions of mercury and other air toxics); and West Virginia v. EPA (defending EPA’s Clean Power Plan at the proposal and final stages). Amanda assisted the solicitor general’s office in defending the D.C. Circuit’s favorable decisions in several of her cases.  

Amanda was also lead counsel for the government in dozens of district court matters arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and other statutes. She achieved successful outcomes for federal clients, including the Department of Defense and EPA through motions practice, trial, and settlement negotiations, setting internal records and making new precedent in several instances. 

Amanda is a five-time recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Excellence and was awarded EPA Gold and Bronze medals for her work on climate change and air toxics litigation.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Appointed to the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures (2017-2020 term)
  • Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law (2007-2013)

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Biden First 100 Days: A Look at the Laws Impacting the New Administration’s Regulatory Priorities," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 22, 2021). Presenters: Amanda Shafer Berman, Daniel W. Wolff, S. Starling Marshall, and Byron R. Brown.
  • "Part 1 - Higher Education and the Biden Administration’s Priorities: Are there significant changes ahead?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 19, 2021). Presenters: Amanda Shafer Berman, Caroline E. Brown, Astor Heaven, Laurel Pyke Malson, Rebecca L. Springer, Suzanne E. Rode, and Eli Berns-Zieve
  • "A New Day in DC: How the Administration May Take Action on Climate, Air, and Water Issues," American Foundry Society (December 17, 2020). Speaker: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Climate 2021: Preparing for the Legal, Regulatory, Policy and Shareholder Challenges Ahead," Crowell & Moring and Crowell & Moring International Webinar (December 9, 2020). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman; Panelists: David B. Blair, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Amanda Shafer Berman, Himamauli Das, and Joshua Boswell.
  • "Northern Plains Resource Council v. U.S. Army Corps and Nationwide Permits," Clean Water Act 2020: Law & Regulation Webcast (December 4, 2020). Presenter: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Climate and CAA Regulation Under the Biden Administration," Edison Electric Institute Webinar (December 2, 2020). Speaker: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Election 2020: Environmental Law and Policy," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 28, 2020). Presenters: David Chung, Robert Meyers, Byron R. Brown, Paul Freeman, Amanda Shafer Berman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, and Amy Symonds.
  • "Two Roads Diverging: A Look at Federal Air and Climate Regulation in 2021," 29th Annual 2020 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite (October 16, 2020). Speaker: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Reexamining Indirect Discharges and the Clean Water Act After County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund," Strafford Publications, Inc. Webinar (July 29, 2020). Presenter: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Post Pandemic Litigation Outlook," ANA Legal Webinar (July 14, 2020). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Holly A. Melton, and Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "COVID and The Courts," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 11, 2020). Presenters: Mark A. Klapow, Amanda Shafer Berman, Andrew Holmer, Rochelle-Leigh Rosenberg, and Eli Berns-Zieve.
  • "Foreign Gifts and Contracts Reporting: Increased Compliance Risk for Higher Education," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 9, 2020). Presenters: Laurel Pyke Malson, Amanda Shafer Berman, Nathiya Nagendra, and Eli Berns-Zieve.
  • "Endless Litigation—Past, Present, and Future—Over EPA’s "WOTUS" (Waters of the United States)," Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2020). Speaker: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "End of the Road? Examining the Trump Administration v. California over Vehicle Emission Standards," D.C. Bar, Washington, D.C. (February 25, 2020). Speaker: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Groundwater Indirect Discharges and CWA Regulation: Permitting Requirements in Light of Circuit Court Split," Strafford Webinar (May 23, 2019). Presenter: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Kisor v. Wilkie: The End of Auer Deference? Oral Argument Recap and Discussion of What's to Come," D.C. Bar, Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2019). Presenter: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Administrative Law: The Year in Review," D.C. Bar (2018). Moderator: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Climate Change, the Justice Department, and You," Department of Justice, ENRD Academy (2015 and 2016). Speaker: Amanda Shafer Berman.
  • "Women in International Law," American Society for International Law (2008). Panelist: Amanda Shafer Berman.


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