Daniel Cooper

LDF Legal Program Director

Daniel Cooper is the director of the legal program for LDF. He advises the Foundation on legal initiatives, including the Water for Fish Fund, the Revolving Litigation Fund, and the Climate Litigation Initiative. Daniel is a founding partner at Lawyers for Clean Water, Inc., was admitted to the California Bar in 1991, and has represented citizen plaintiffs in environmental advocacy for his entire career. Working with Law School clinics, Keepers, and environmental justice organizations, Daniel pioneered enforcement of the NPDES permits for industrial stormwater, municipal stormwater, and municipal sewage systems. Daniel has led litigation encompassing over twenty years and 250 cases, eliminating millions of gallons of raw sewage and toxic pollutants from neighborhoods, creeks, rivers and bays. Using existing laws, DiCaprio Foundation’s legal programs work to protect species and habitats, and to empower impacted tribes and other communities to protect their resources and cultures worldwide. As well as advising the DiCaprio Foundation, Daniel continues to provide counsel to environmental advocates on advocacy, administrative processes, and litigation in state and federal court.

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