Senior Attorney and Managing Litigator
Natural Resources Defense Council
Selena Kyle served as lead trial counsel for the remedy phase of NRDC's Clean Air Act citizen suit against the owner of the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant outside Peoria, Illinois. The settlement NRDC obtained requires the plant to close by the end of 2022 and provides $8.6 million for Peoria-area bus electrification, energy efficiency, solar power, lung health, and job-training programs. Kyle’s past accomplishments include defeating a Monsanto challenge to California's decision to list the active ingredient in Roundup as a carcinogen, protecting neighbors of a Tennessee landfill from air and water contamination, and blocking a California state budget raid of $155 million in energy efficiency funding.
Kyle is a 2020 recipient of the American Constitution Society's Legal Legends Ruth Goldman Award, for women in the Chicago legal community who have made significant contributions to advance the status of women in the legal profession and the goals of ACS. In 2012, she was recognized by The Recorder, a California legal newspaper, as one of the state’s top 50 lawyers in their first decade of practice. Before joining NRDC, Kyle clerked for Judge Susan Dlott on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies and a J.D. from Stanford University. She is based in NRDC’s Chicago office, where she manages the Chicago branch of NRDC’s Litigation Team.