Eli Savit is an attorney, a law professor, and a former public-school teacher. His areas of focus include environmental and civil rights law, and he is particularly experienced in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.
Eli assists the Firm in its representation of sovereign clients (states and territories) in natural resource damages (“NRD”) litigation, including the representation of New Jersey, Maryland, and Puerto Rico in disputes relating to groundwater contamination of public groundwater by the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (“MTBE”), as well as the Firm’s product liability cases.
Eli previously served as a law clerk for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also clerked for The Hon. David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for The Hon. Carlos T. Bea on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition, Eli previously practiced law with two major national law Firms, focusing on appellate and Supreme Court litigation.
Eli is a faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches courses related to state and local government, as well as a litigation advocacy seminar. In his academic capacity, Eli has published scholarly articles on such topics as environmental law, state and local government, educational equity, and campaign-finance reform. His work has appeared in popular publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Hill, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, and MLive.com. He is a frequent contributor to Take Care, a prominent legal blog.
In addition, and separate from his work for the Firm, Eli serves as senior adviser and counsel at the city of Detroit. There, Eli works on environmental justice, consumer protection, education, infrastructure development, and public safety issues, and oversees legal strategy on high-profile legislation, intergovernmental negotiations, and executive action.
Eli regularly consults with civil rights groups and environmental organizations in Michigan and across the country. He has worked on several major, successful initiatives around civil rights, voting rights, and environmental justice.
- Environmental Litigation
- Natural Resource Damages
- Toxic Torts
- Products Liability
- Consumer Fraud and Unfair Business Practices
- Civil Rights
- J.D., University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
- M.S., Teaching, Pace University
- B.A., Kalamazoo College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Keppa