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Jonathan R. Lovvorn


Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, Animal Protection Litigation, The Humane Society of the United States, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D., University of California, San Francisco; LL.M., Lewis & Clark

A nationally recognized expert in animal law and environmental law, Professor Lovvorn has litigated extensively on behalf of animals and...

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A nationally recognized expert in animal law and environmental law, Professor Lovvorn has litigated extensively on behalf of animals and the environment, won dozens of cases under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws, and regularly lectures at law schools around the country.

Professor Lovvorn manages the nation's largest animal protection litigation program, with dozens of attorneys prosecuting more than 40 cases. Since 2005, the program has filed 130 legal actions, secured over 100 favorable rulings, and won millions of dollars in judgments and attorneys' fees.

Professor Lovvorn also teaches a public interest litigation clinical seminar at Georgetown University Law Center, which combines in-class teaching with student work on real cases as part of his litigation team.

Groundbreaking victories include a $500,000 jury verdict on behalf of low-income neighbors of a factory farm in California; a Clean Water Act judgment against a New York factory farm; court orders protecting whales, migratory birds, wolves, and other species; rulings blocking the slaughter of horses for food; and judgments enforcing state laws banning canned hunting, inhumane trapping devices, and cruel farm animal confinement.

Professor Lovvorn’s legal team also pioneered the use of class action litigation on behalf of animals, and has won precedent-setting class rulings on puppy mills, the fur industry, and factory farms.

Most recently, Professor Lovvorn's legal team secured new regulations halting all invasive research on chimpanzees in the U.S., as well as the largest court judgment for animal abuse in U.S. history ($155,000,000) against the owners of a slaughterhouse in California.

Professor Lovvorn serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Law School, and has authored several articles concerning animal law and wildlife policy.

Professor Lovvorn's legal work has been featured in The New York Times, The National Law Journal, and other media outlets around the country.

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