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Michael Burger
Of Counsel


Michael Burger is the Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School in New York City. In his Of Counsel role at Sher Edling, Michael combines his experience as both a litigator and a legal scholar to help public agencies hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the climate change related damage they knowingly caused. In recent years, he has filed a number of amicus briefs in climate cases on behalf of the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and coalitions of cities and mayors from across the country.

Michael is a widely published scholar, and he is author or co-author of numerous high impact papers on climate change litigation, including State Public Nuisance Claims and Climate Change Adaptation, The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution, and The Status of Climate Change Litigation: A Global Review.

Previously Michael was an associate professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was founder and director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship program. He also served as a litigator in the Environmental Law Division of New York City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel.

Michael is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law; and of Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.


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