Anthony Zelle

Managing Partner

As an Earth lawyer, Tony started by writing and editing the first law school coursebook on the subject. He began his Earth law career after 30 years in private practice, trying cases and arguing appeals. His work focused on consumer protection and insurance laws. He led the board of the Earth Law Center from 2018 through 2021 and now serves as ELC’s general counsel. His current practice is focused on rights of future generations, intergenerational leadership development, the duties of humankind to nonhuman species and individual animals, and the engagement of private practice law firms who will drive Earth law into the mainstream.

Alexandra Pimor

Executive Partner

Alexandra Pimor is an Earth lawyer, legal scholar, social entrepreneur, Advanced Certified Scrum Master, agile facilitator & systems coach. She is the founder of SoaNoia, a consultancy specialising in conscious governance & leadership, and organisational & systemic transformation.
Alexandra is Director of Nature Governance at the Earth Law Center, where she leads on the global Nature Governance project; meshworking and collaborative partnerships; and the co-development fellowship initiative. She serves as co-proxy for Nature as Non-Executive Director for Nature On The Board at UK eco-beauty company Faith In Nature.

Grant Wilson


Grant Wilson is the Executive Director of Earth Law Center. He is a leading expert on the Rights of Nature, ecocentric law, and international environmental law. For the last decade, he has defended the rights and interests of Nature all over the world, including by writing new Rights of Nature laws throughout the Americas and winning courtroom victories for rivers and other ecosystems. He is a lead editor of the first law school coursebook on Earth law, entitled 'Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law--A Guide for Practitioners' (Wolters Kluwer, 2021). Grant earned a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Missy Lahren

Chair of Board of Directors
Earth Law Center

Missy Lahren has worked as an activist and public interest lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1993. She has an M.Ed. in Integral Education and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion both of which focus on the emerging field of “ecozoic education.” She has been working to expand enforceable human and ecological rights since 1997 through participatory media and board positions at Unite for Rights, Planetary Advocates, and Eleanor Lives.

Kevin Schneider


Kevin Schneider is Counsel to the Earth Law Center. Based in New York City, Kevin is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. For over a decade, Kevin has worked on extending legal rights to animals and ecosystems. He represented an elephant named Happy (Supreme Court, Bronx County) alongside a team of lawyers in a historic habeas corpus case from 2018-22, culminating in a first-of-its-kind argument before the New York State Court of Appeals. Among other publications, Kevin wrote a chapter on common law animal rights for the textbook “Earth Law” (Wolters Kluwer, 2021). Kevin has delivered guest lectures to undergraduate and law students at leading institutions including Harvard, Yale, and New York University.

Lucy Ward

Corporate Relations Manager
United Nations Youth Ambassador - Intellireefs

Lucy is a keen ocean conservation advocate, explorer and scuba diver. As a Marine Biology graduate from Exeter University she has a strong interest in the rights of Nature and ocean policy. She works with incoming clients on the Nature on the Board project, in doing so she aims to forward the incorporation of holistic nature governance within current systems. Lucy also works as an Ocean Rights Policy and Research Assistant at the Earth Law Centre. Her passion for the oceans and their protection drives her work in Ocean Rights and sustainability. In her work at Intellireefs, Lucy aims to represent and empower youth voices to help develop innovative solutions to protect and restore our oceans.

Elizabeth Turner

Executive Assistant

Elizabeth has broad experience with people, property, offices and leadership.  Full responsibility for office management, detailed planning and execution of projects and events, scheduling, databases, budgets, grants and correspondence. Highest standards of professionalism, confidentiality, work ethic and dedicated service – 
with a fun sense of humor!
Pooja Sharma
Pooja Sharma is an Earth lawyer who has been zealously advocating for marginalized voices through civil rights litigation, legal advocacy, and community lawyering. Her legal practice in building nonprofits and public benefit corporations introduced her to creative forms of governance and the potential to construct new legal systems that account for all voices. This brought her to the Nature Governance team, a team that aligns with her personal and professional value of researching and developing governing systems for an ecocentric worldview. Pooja is also the Director of Legal Advocacy and Policy at Keystone Species Alliance where she co-builds educational workshops for the public and government officials, oversees the Keystone Species Fellowship Program, and assists with litigation strategies for the rights of keystone species.