Eric Glitzenstein is a founding partner of Meyer & Glitzenstein, a public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C. that specializes, among other issues, in advocacy on behalf of both wildlife and captive animals. The firm has represented many animal protection and animal rights organizations, including The Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, In Defense of Animals, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Eric has been counsel in many successful animal cases in federal court, including cases: preventing the Makah Indian Tribe from hunting gray whales; halting the hunting of grizzly bears in Montana; stopping the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park; establishing new sanctuaries and refuges for Florida manatees; limiting the removal of wild horses from federal lands for slaughter; and enhancing protections for many endangered and threatened species. He has also been involved in cases that have recognized “standing” in federal court to challenge mistreatment of animals, including a pending case against Ringling Brothers concerning its treatment of Asian elephants in the circus.
Eric received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. Prior to co-founding his law firm with Katherine Meyer in 1993, he clerked for a federal judge, and was a staff attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown, and is also the President of the Wildlife Advocacy Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to complement Meyer & Glitzenstein’s legal work with non-legal advocacy on behalf of animals.