Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Malibu, California


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn over 200 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.

Mr. Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic, and co-host of "Ring of Fire" on Air America Radio. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. Mr. Kennedy is also credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.

Among Mr. Kennedy’s published political books are the New York Times’ bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977). He has also published three children’s books: St. Francis of Assisi (2005), American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War (2007), and Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief (2008). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Lost Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other publications. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America’s Best Crime Writing, Best Political Writing, and Best Science Writing.

Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation at UVA, he attended Pace University Law School, where he was awarded a Masters in Environmental Law.

He is a licensed master falconer, and as often as possible he pursues a lifelong enthusiasm for whitewater paddling. He has organized and led several expeditions in Canada and Latin America, including first descents on three little-known rivers in Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.

Mr. Kennedy joined in an 'of counsel' capacity in March 2016, after working together on the case against SoCalGas for the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout in Porter Ranch, California.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Class Action

In The Media


  • Natural Resource Defense Council - Senior Attorney
  • Hudson Riverkeeper - Chief Prosecuting Attorney
  • Waterkeeper Alliance - President
  • Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic - Supervising Attorney
  • Air America Radio - Host, "Ring of Fire"


  • Harvard College (B.A., 1976)
  • University of Virginia (J.D., 1979)
  • Pace University (L.L.M.)

Bar Admissions

  • New York