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Amanda Shafer Berman

Counsel

aberman@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.688.3451
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Amanda Shafer Berman is a counsel in the Environment & Natural Resources and Litigation groups in the Washington, D.C. office. Amanda draws on her extensive appellate and district court experience to achieve the best possible outcome for clients in a wide variety of litigation, including cases arising under environmental statutes.

Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Amanda served as a senior attorney in the Department of Justice’s Environmental Defense Section. She briefed and argued over a dozen cases in the federal courts of appeals, winning all matters in which a decision was rendered.  These included seminal environmental cases such as Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA (addressing EPA’s first greenhouse gas regulations, upheld in large part by the Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA); White Stallion Energy Center v. EPA (addressing power plant emissions of mercury and other air toxics); and West Virginia v. EPA (defending EPA’s Clean Power Plan at the proposal and final stages). Amanda assisted the solicitor general’s office in defending the D.C. Circuit’s favorable decisions in several of her cases.  

Amanda was also lead counsel for the government in dozens of district court matters arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and other statutes. She achieved successful outcomes for federal clients, including the Department of Defense and EPA through motions practice, trial, and settlement negotiations, setting internal records and making new precedent in several instances. 

Amanda is a five-time recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Excellence and was awarded EPA Gold and Bronze medals for her work on climate change and air toxics litigation.

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (2001) cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (2004) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Appointed to the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures (2017-2020 term)
  • Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law (2007-2013)

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"Post Pandemic Litigation Outlook," ANA Legal Webinar (July 14, 2020). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Mana Elihu Lombardo, Holly A. Melton, and Amanda Shafer Berman.
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Biggest Enviro Law Cases To Watch In The Rest Of 2020 Law360 (July 8, 2020)
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Environmentalists Relieved as Critics Slam ‘Muddled’ SCOTUS Term Bloomberg Law (June 22, 2020)
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"COVID and The Courts," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 11, 2020). Presenters: Mark A. Klapow, Amanda Shafer Berman, Andrew Holmer, Rochelle-Leigh Rosenberg, and Eli Berns-Zieve.
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"COVID and the Courts: Reopening Plans," Litigation Alert (June 10, 2020). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Andrew Holmer, Rochelle-Leigh Rosenberg, Eli Berns-Zieve, Amanda Shafer Berman
Client Alert / Newsletter
Trade Court Keeps Solar Tariff Expansion Challenge Alive Law360 (May 27, 2020)
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CIT Judge: No 'Real Challenges For Deciding Cases' Virtually Amid Pandemic Inside U.S. Trade (May 19, 2020)
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"DoE’s New Title IX Regulations: What School Administrators Need to Know," Regulatory Alert (May 13, 2020). Contacts: Laurel Pyke Malson, Aryeh S. Portnoy, Amanda Shafer Berman, Eli Berns-Zieve
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Five Considerations as You Prepare for the Release of the Final Title IX Regulations," (May 4, 2020). Contacts: Laurel Pyke Malson, Aryeh S. Portnoy, Rebecca L. Springer, Amanda Shafer Berman, Eli Berns-Zieve
Client Alert / Newsletter
"COVID and the Courts: Discovery in the Time of Coronavirus," Litigation Alert (April 14, 2020). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Amanda Shafer Berman, Andrew Holmer, Eli Berns-Zieve
Client Alert / Newsletter

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