Lisa Heinzerling

Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Lisa Heinzerling is the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Her specialties include environmental and natural resources law, administrative law, and food law. From January 2009 to July 2009, Heinzerling served as Senior Climate Policy Counsel to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then, from July 2009 to December 2010, she served as Associate Administrator of EPA’s Office of Policy. In 2008, she served as a member of President Obama’s EPA transition team.

Professor Heinzerling has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, and Yale Law School. She lectures frequently on environmental law and other topics both in the U.S. and around the world. She has published several books, including a leading casebook (with Zygmunt Plater and others) on environmental law, a cutting-edge casebook (with Mark Tushnet) aimed at introducing first-year law students to the regulatory and administrative state, and a widely cited critique of the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy (Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, co-authored with Frank Ackerman). Peer environmental law professors have four times voted her work among the top ten articles of the year. She has received the faculty teaching award at Georgetown Law.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Georgetown University