Lewis Gordon has been a lawyer for nearly forty years, and is the founder (2003) and Executive Director of the Environmental Defender Law Center, which works to protect the human rights of people in developing countries who are fighting against harm to their environment. Following a federal court clerkship, Mr. Gordon entered private practice in Alaska in 1982. He successfully defended environmentalists and environmental organizations from intimidation lawsuits, and represented them in environmental litigation as well. From 1989-94, while the managing partner of the Anchorage firm of Ashburn & Mason, Mr. Gordon served on the nine member plaintiffs’ steering committee that managed the massive litigation arising from the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. He has been invited to every continent to speak on human rights and corporate accountability issues before legal groups, NGOs, and foundations.