Paige Gilliard

Attorney DC

Paige Gilliard is an attorney in Pacific Legal Foundation’s D.C. office, where she focuses on property rights and environmental law. Prior to joining PLF, Paige served as a Special Advisor in the Office of the Executive Secretariat at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. (yes, you read that right), where she advised the Director on legal and environmental issues. 

Paige believes property rights are foundational to our free-market economy and to the liberties enjoyed by all Americans. Her interest in the liberty movement was sparked by collegiate studies in political philosophy and ethics, in particular the works of Aristotle and John Locke. She is committed to protecting individuals and businesses from onerous and unconstitutional regulations and laws. 

Prior to joining EPA, she served as a Constitutional Law Fellow in PLF’s Sacramento office, where she studied and litigated pressing environmental law issues, from the Endangered Species Act to the Clean Water Act.  

Paige is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Saint Mary’s College of California, where she earned her B.A. in philosophy with honors. At Notre Dame, she was the managing senior editor of the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. She is an accomplished equestrian, proud dog owner, and enthusiastic traveler. 

Skipper v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Illegal critical habitat designation punishes family’s voluntary conservation efforts

The Skipper family has owned forestland in Clarke County, Alabama, since 1902, which it manages for timber production and conservation. In 1956 they established the Scotch Wildlife Management Area (WMA), agreeing to voluntarily open their land for the state’s wildlife conservation efforts and outdoor recreation. In February 2020, the U.S. Fis ...

Navigable Waters Cases

Fighting government’s make-believe, illegal definition of navigable waters

The Clean Water Act (CWA) has a seemingly simple purpose: protect the navigable waters of the United States from pollution. The federal agencies charged with carrying out and enforcing the law, however, have expanded the definition of “navigable waters” several times since the Act went on the books in 1972. Represented by PLF free of ch ...

California Cattlemen’s Association v. California Fish and Game Commission

Wandering lone wolf in California triggers “endangered” listing

Based on the sighting of a lone non-native gray wolf in California, the state Fish and Game Commission listed the gray wolf species under the California Endangered Species Act, effective January 1, 2017. On behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, and their members, PLF sued to invalidate this i ...

Landowners EPA Compliance Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

Property owners challenge EPA’s navigable waters overreach

One of the longest-running legal battles in the history of the Clean Water Act doesn’t involve mega-polluters dumping toxic chemicals into America’s major rivers and lakes. Rather, it involves a couple who wanted to build a home on less than an acre of land in a residential neighborhood. And now, that case could have ramifications for p ...