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Sean Dixon

Senior Attorney



Sean Dixon joined Riverkeeper in early 2014 and is a Senior Attorney in the litigation department. Sean’s diverse workload ranges from stormwater control and habitat protection to fossil fuel advocacy and climate change adaptation and resiliency planning. Sean is also working on many urban water issues, including Superfund remediation and green infrastructure, and supports concerned citizens taking action to remedy water quality violations in their neighborhoods. The bulk of Sean’s work focuses on the waterways of New York City.

As part of this work, Sean is a member of the Gowanus Canal Superfund CAG, sits on the Steering Committees for the SWIM Coalition and Newtown Creek Superfund CAG, is a Board Member of the Newtown Creek Alliance, and is the New York State Co-Chair of the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program’s Citizen Advisory Committee.

Sean is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a Volunteer SCUBA Diver at the New York Aquarium, Co-Founder of Village Fishmonger, and, starting in 2017, is the Membership and Diversity Enhancement Officer on the Executive Committee of the 10,000-member American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law (ABA SEER).

Sean received his J.D. and LL.M. from Pace Law School, where he studied environmental and climate change law. He also earned a Masters of Environmental Management in coastal ecology and climate science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in marine biology and coastal geology at Boston University’s Marine Program. Before joining Riverkeeper, Sean spent several years working as the Coastal Policy Attorney at Clean Ocean Action, worked as a fisheries observer in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and spent two years as a Lecturer on coastal zone resource management at Yale University.

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