Joel Reynolds heads the Southern California Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the country's premiere environmental advocacy groups. He has twice been named as California's Environmental Lawyer of the Year.
Joel Reynolds joined the Natural Resources Defense Council 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. He graduated in 1975 from the University of California at Riverside with degrees in Music and Political Science and in 1978 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and winner of the Convers Prize. After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge John Bartels in New York and, since 1980, 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.
He currently heads NRDC's Southern California Program, where he has focused on litigation and major domestic and international campaigns across a broad range of environmental issues, including children's health, environmental justice, endangered species and coastal protection, transportation, parkland conservation, and marine mammal protection. He co-directed NRDC's successful five-year campaign against Mitsubishi Corporation's plan to industrialize the World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio, the last undisturbed gray whale breeding lagoon on earth.