Zak Smith is an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Smith works on the Marine Mammal Protection Project in NRDC’s Los Angeles office, which aims to protect marine mammals and their environment through the full spectrum of advocacy approaches: major impact litigation, legislation, and policy analysis.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, Mr. Smith obtained a Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and worked on international trade issues at the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Returning to his native California, Mr. Smith graduated from UCLA School of Law and then practiced at Bingham McCutchen prior to joining NRDC in September, 2007 where he has worked since.