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Jonathan Wood is a Staff Attorney in PLF’s Environmental Law Practice Group. His litigation focuses on the federal Endangered Species Act and other administrative law issues. He was the lead attorney in People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the first case to strike down federal regulation under the Endangered Species Act as exceeding federal power under the Commerce Clause.
In addition to the Endangered Species Act, Jonathan’s practice has included direct litigation and amicus briefs in cases concerning federal and state environmental laws, as well as restrictions on property rights and economic liberty. He has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs and has been quoted in The New York Times, L.A. Times, and many other publications. Jonathan has also contributed articles to the Federalist Society, Forbes, and Townhall.
Prior to joining PLF, Jonathan interned in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and for a judge on the District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Jonathan received his J.D. from the NYU School of Law, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. with honors in Economics from the University of Texas.
Overcriminalization and the Endangered Species Act: Mens Rea and Criminal Convictions for Take, 46 Envtl. L. Rep. 10,496 (2016)
Take It to the Limit: The Illegal Regulation Prohibiting the Take of Any Threatened Species Under the Endangered Species Act, 33 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 23 (2015)
A Federal Crime Against Nature? The Federal Government Cannot Prohibit Harm to All Endangered Species Under the Necessary and Proper Clause, 29 Tulane Envtl. L.J. 65 (2015)
Underground Environmental Regulations: Regulations Imposed as Mitigation Measures Under CEQA Violate the California Administrative Procedure Act, 52 Cal. Western L. Rev. 1 (2015)