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Elizabeth B. Dawson

Phone: +1 202.624.2508
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Elizabeth (Ellie) B. Dawson is a counsel in the Environment & Natural Resources Group in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a leader of the firm’s global ESG Advisory Team. She advocates for her clients’ interests in everything from agency rulemaking petitions under the Clean Air Act to Superfund liability and allocation disputes, everywhere from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the Western District of Washington.  

Ellie’s practice covers the range of environmental and natural resources statutes, including the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; and the Endangered Species Act. She counsels clients in navigating these statutes and helps them achieve their goals in commenting on and litigating agency rulemakings, in undertaking federal permitting processes, and in defending against enforcement actions.

Ellie’s prior experience includes over five years at the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where as a trial attorney in the Environmental Defense Section she gained invaluable insight into agency policies, procedures, and thought processes. She presented oral arguments in three different U.S. Courts of Appeals and litigated in district courts across the country, including the Western District of Washington, the Central District of California, and the Eastern District of Virginia. Ellie received numerous performance awards, a Special Achievement Award, and was nominated for the John Marshall Award for Participation in Litigation, one of DOJ’s highest awards offered to attorneys.

Ellie serves on the firm’s Art Committee and Public Service Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice in a wide variety of areas, including asylum, landlord-tenant, and reproductive rights.

Outside of the firm, Ellie serves on the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee, and has served as the co-chair of the ABA’s Clean Technology & Climate Change Committee, where she has organized programs covering such topics as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and the role of climate change in the legal profession. Ellie has also been selected as a member of the Environmental Law Institute’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.


  • Viterbo University, B.A. Spanish/B.F.A. musical theatre (2005) summa cum laude
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D. (2011) summa cum laude, Cornelius Honor Society


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Oregon

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US SEC Should Consider Sector-Specific Climate Disclosure Rule: Commissioner Roisman IHS Markit (August 17, 2021)
Media Mentions
We Put These ESG Lawyers To The Test Reuters Legal (July 26, 2021)
Media Mentions
"Breaking Down IoT: Addressing Complex IoT Issues in the Real World in Real Time," ABA Internet of Things (IoT) National Institute 2021 (June 10, 2021). Panelist: Elizabeth B. Dawson.
"Biden’s Environmental Justice Push and its Impact on Retailers’ ESG Considerations," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (May 26, 2021). Authors: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson an Lynn Phan.
"Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk," (May 26, 2021). Contacts: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Lorraine M. Campos
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Crypto's Enviro Costs Present Challenges For Companies," Law360 (May 21, 2021). Authors: Christopher A. Cole, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Lynn Phan, Michelle Ann Gitlitz, and Allison Skager.
"The FYI on ESG: Not Your Average Acronym," American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Trends Vol.52 No. 5 (Am. Bar Ass'n, May/June 2021). Author: Elizabeth B. Dawson.
Crowell & Moring Establishes Global Environmental, Social, and Governance Advisory Team (Mar.15.2021)
Firm News / Announcement
Citing Biden’s EJ Goals, Lawyers Urge Companies To Weigh ESG Efforts InsideEPA (March 11, 2021)
Media Mentions
"SEC Enforcement Warms Up: Commission Creates Climate and ESG Task Force," Administrative Law Alert (March 5, 2021). Contacts: Daniel L. Zelenko, Jeff Severson, Rebecca Lennon Baskin, Elizabeth B. Dawson, Monty Cooper
Client Alert / Newsletter

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