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Danielle J. Diamond

“Of Counsel”

Danielle Diamond has over a decade of experience working on environmental law and policy, with a particular focus on complex regulatory matters intersecting local, state and federal laws.

She has focused on working with rural communities that have been negatively impacted by pollution caused by industrial agriculture. Her work in this realm began in Illinois, which ultimately led to consulting and managing community advocacy campaigns nationwide. With over a decade of experience directing the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project’s national field team of community organizers, she has become one of the nation’s leading experts on the environmental regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations (or CAFOs).  She has published research in peer-reviewed academic journals, such as the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Rural Studies and Environmental Justice.

Danielle has authored legislation, as well as environmental regulations and ordinances for rural community members, as well as public interest organizations. She has served as co-counsel for citizen groups participating in state and federal administrative agency rulemakings, as well as constituent regulatory taskforces. Danielle consults on environmental case development, as well as on law and policy initiatives for both private and public interest clientele.    

In private practice, Danielle has focused on the areas of real estate, land use, zoning and municipal law with  Diamond Legal P.C. (formerly Diamond & LeSueur, PC). She is currently Of Counsel with Diamond Legal P.C., as well as a Visiting Research Fellow with Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program. When taking time off from trying to save the world, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family. She and her 7-year old son love to be outdoors, especially in their backyard with their two free range bunnies – Chocolate and Marshmallow. 

In her previous life before and during law school, she worked as a private contract archeologist, conducting cultural resource inventories for environmental impact statements. Her interests in anthropology and archeology led her to pursue work in the field of international environmental human rights law. During law school, she clerked for Costa Rica’s environmental protection agency conducting research on the impacts of free trade agreements on the environment while the country considered entering into a free trade agreement with the America’s.  She also served as a clerk for Region 5 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, conducting research on the enforceability of environmental permits on Native American lands.  

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 2004
  • Admitted to United States Federal District Court, 2004


  • B.I.S. (Anthropology, Archaeology, English), Weber State University, 1997
  • J.D., Northern Illinois University, 2003
  • M.A., (Applied Environmental Anthropology, with High Honors), Northern Illinois University, 2007

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