Wes started his career at a New York firm representing the Republic of Argentina in sovereign debt litigation, and then began practicing environmental law at the Environmental Protection Agency. He was employee of the year for the Superfund section of EPA’s Boston office, and won an EPA national award for working on EPA’s clean-up of the Sudbury River in Massachusetts.
Wes has been an environmental litigator for more than a decade since leaving EPA. He represented trusts and an Alaskan native village in key global warming claims; citizen groups challenging air pollution permits, including a challenge to a major new power plant; municipalities affected by EPA’s cleanup of the Housatonic River; and the states of New Hampshire and Vermont in groundwater contamination claims against major oil companies. New Hampshire’s lawsuit resulted in a $236 million jury verdict against Exxon Mobil for the state of New Hampshire—the largest verdict in state history.
While at Yale Law School, Wes was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for the Honorable Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in Hartford, CT (2000-2001) and the Honorable Warren W. Matthews of the Alaska Supreme Court (2004-2005). He was also a volunteer law clerk for Israeli Supreme Court president Aharon Barak (2001).