At a Glance
- Career History: Defenders of Wildlife, general counsel and vice president (2006-2010); Georgetown University, deputy executive director of Environmental Law & Policy Institute (2004-2006); Troutman Sanders LLC, attorney (2000-2004)
- Alma Mater: Harvard University, B.A.; Brown University, M.A.; Yale Law School, J.D., 1981
- DC Office: address, (202) 514-2701
Path to Power
Dreher earned his B.A. from Harvard College, and went on to earn an M.A. in American civilization from Brown University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981.
Whether working for the government, a nonprofit organization, or in private practice, Dreher has spent his entire legal career defending environmental interests.
Many of Dreher's big cases, and indeed a large part of environmental litigation in general, relate to the proper use of public lands. These cases usually originate in suits filed against the federal government under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which Dreher has called "the Magna Carta of U.S. environmental policy" and the country's "environmental conscience."
While working for the Clinton administration, Dreher served under two-term EPA head Carol Browner, an attorney who is now director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy.
AtJustice, Dreher works forIgnacia Moreno and with John Cruden and other ENRD colleagues.
Dreher was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, donating $1,000 to her campaign in June 2007. Once Barack Obama had wrapped up the Democratic nomination in June 2008, Dreher donated $500 to his campaign, followed by a $1,000 donation in October.