Sarah Tallman

Senior Attorney

Sarah Tallman's work has focused on protecting communities from toxic chemicals in drinking water and consumer products and reducing pollution in our nation's waterways. She served as counsel in a case brought by community groups in Flint, Michigan, to address lead contamination in the city's tap water. The case resulted in a $97 million settlement requiring the replacement of thousands of lead pipes in Flint. She also served as lead counsel in a case that led to stronger rules for how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must evaluate the risks of toxic chemicals and protect the public from those risks. Tallman's prior cases have aimed to reduce nutrient pollution in California's waterways, protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon, and stop fracking wastes from polluting Wyoming rivers. Before joining NRDC, she clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Tallman holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the admissions committee of the Yale Law Journal and was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She is based in NRDC's Washington, D.C., office.*

State Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

NRDC in Action

An Uphill Battle, and Persistence, in Flint

These four NRDC lawyers would finish each other’s thoughts—at any odd hour of the day or night—in their quest to help victims of the city’s lead crisis.


*Tallman is admitted only to the Illinois bar and practices under supervision of a member of the D.C. bar.

This website provides general information, not legal advice. If you need legal help, please consult a lawyer in your state. Sarah Tallman does not hold herself out as a specialist in a particular area of law or law practice.