Jason C. Rylander
Areas of Expertise: Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, wildlife and environmental law, wetlands law and regulation, regulatory takings
As staff attorney, Jason litigates cases across the country involving endangered species and habitat protection. His cases have involved gray wolves, grizzly bears, piping plovers, pygmy owls, red knots, and other imperiled species. He recently represented ten of America’s most renowned scientists, including E.O. Wilson, Jared Diamond, and Paul Ehrlich, in a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on the importance of preserving wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Before joining Defenders of Wildlife in 2005, Jason served as Litigation & Policy Counsel for Community Rights Counsel and an associate at the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP. Prior to attending law school, he held environmental positions with The Conservation Fund and the National Wildlife Federation. He is the former managing editor of the Land Letter, a national newsletter covering natural resource policy.
Jason earned a B.A. in Government, cum laude, from Cornell University and a J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law, where he served as an editor of both the William & Mary Law Review and the Environmental Law and Policy Review. A member of the Moot Court team, he was a winner of the American Bar Association’s 1999-2000 National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Jason has published numerous articles and op-eds on environmental law and policy issues.