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Marco Simons

Marco Simons is currently the Legal Director of EarthRights International (ERI), a nongovernmental legal and advocacy organization that focuses on the intersection between human rights abuses and environmental degradation, especially in the context of extractive industries. At EM, Marco focuses on transnational litigation against corporations for human rights and environmental abuses, including the seminal Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case Doe v. Unocal, arising out of abuses associated with a natural gas pipeline in Burma. He is currently litigating several ATS cases as well as transnational environmental cases. Marco is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he received the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights to work with EarthRights International. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then worked for Hadsell & Stormer, Inc., a Pasadena civil rights law fm, which was co-counsel on Doe v. Unocal and on the ATS case Bowoto v. Chevron (on which ERI is also counsel). He also served as Collzmunications Director for the campaign of Ro IUlanna for U.S. Congress in California's 12th District, and has taught human rights law at Occidental College and American University. Marco holds an undergraduate degree in environmental science. He is currently admitted to practice in California, Washington DC, and Washington state