Travis Annatoyn is Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward. Travis joins Democracy Forward following more than five years at the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. There, he defended federal clean energy, conservation, and environmental justice initiatives against both statutory and constitutional challenges in courts nationwide. Travis has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and as a C.V. Starr Lecturer in Law at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law, and clerked for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams at the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Travis holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Travis is a member of the State Bar of New York; he practices under the supervision of organization principals while his D.C. bar application is pending.

Featured Work
  • Advisory Committees
  • Energy and Environment

Uncovering industry influence over the Made in America Advisory Committee

We filed a lawsuit against the Interor Department to unearth communications between government officials and industry representatives involved in the industry-laden Made in America Advisory Committee

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  • Energy and Environment
  • Grants

Uncovering the politicization and mismanagement of grant decisions

We filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department to investigate the politicization of grant decisions and the role played by an inexperienced Zinke ally leading the process.

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  • Advisory Committees
  • Energy and Environment

Natural Resources Defense Council et al. v. Zinke

Challenging the International Wildlife Conservation Council, an illegal body designed to facilitate the unsustainable trophy hunting of endangered species.

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