Bob Dreher

Bob Dreher

Legal Director

Bob has spent his legal career focusing on environmental and natural resources matters, working in government, with environmental groups, in private practice, and teaching. Bob served in the Obama administration as Associate Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources for the U.S. Department of Justice, and in the Clinton administration as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He represented environmental organizations and tribes as managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. office, counseled businesses in private practice with the firm Troutman Sanders, LLC, and served as Deputy Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute. From 2016 to 2020, Bob served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Defenders of Wildlife, with responsibility for all of Defenders’ programs for wildlife conservation. Bob currently serves as Visiting Senior Conservation Fellow at the Ruckelshaus Institute at the University of Wyoming. Bob received his B.A. from Harvard, a master’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Bob has worked to protect rivers throughout his career. He led a campaign while with Earthjustice to secure proper identification and protection of candidate wild and scenic rivers during the Forest Service’s planning process that led to Congressional designation of dozens of rivers on federal lands. He successfully opposed a major new hydroelectric dam on the Penobscot River, and then represented environmental groups and the Penobscot Nation in negotiating the buy-out and removal of three existing dams, restoring fish populations in the river. And he represented the environmental community in the seminal litigation that led to comprehensive federal and state programs to restore the Everglades, Florida’s “River of Grass.” More broadly, Bob has worked to promote proper management of federal lands, to protect and recover threatened and endangered species, and to advocate for strong programs to address the looming threats of biodiversity loss and climate change.