Joel Waltzer was born in New Orleans in 1963. He attended Harvard Law School and clerked for Chief Justice Pascal Calogero. From 1989-90, he served as an environmental law fellow at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.
Joel has been a trial lawyer in private practice for 15 years and is now practicing with partner Robert Wiygul. Since the early 1990s, as part of his general civil practice, Mr. Waltzer has successfully maintained public side environmental litigation, including suits brought under the federal Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Most recently, Mr. Waltzer successfully represented community groups in closing the Chef Menteur landfill in New Orleans East, gaining restrictions on the use of the Gentilly landfill, negotiating a community buyout on the fence line of a major oil refinery, compelling upgrades and supplemental environmental projects from a major laundry facility and fighting the expansion of the Port of Fourchon on the basis of wetlands destruction.
A member of the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations and the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Joel has served as a committee member on the Louisiana Law Institute's Department of Environmental Quality Committee since 1991.