Erica Zilioli (’06) is a Trial Attorney with the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. As a member of the Environmental Defense Section, she defends the United States in litigation arising under federal environmental statutes.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Erica was an Associate at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C. Erica represented clients in litigation and arbitrations arising under a variety of environmental laws. She also counseled clients on a variety of issues relating to product regulation, such as compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and similar laws worldwide, as well as regulatory developments in the expanding area of product safety. “It is extremely rewarding to be able to help clients comply with environmental laws and to know that the clients listen to and heed my advice.”
Erica believes her experience clerking for the Honorable Richard D. Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland after law school prepared her to be a better litigator.
“The most important skill I learned in law school was to think critically, but the most important advice I got was that the key to being a good environmental lawyer is to first and foremost be an outstanding lawyer.” Erica believes that Maryland’s Environmental Law Program’s “strong curriculum,” proximity to Washington D.C. (“the environmental law center of the country”), and commitment “to helping students find internships and jobs both during and after law school” provide students a wealth of opportunity.
Erica advises students “to get involved in as many projects and activities outside the classroom as possible … grades are very important, but so are experiences interning, representing clients through clinic, and simply getting involved in the legal community.”