- B.A.S. 1995, Political Science and Civil Engineering, Stanford University
- J.D. 1999, New York University School of Law
Mr. Avila is an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section, where he represents the United States and its agencies in the United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country. His practice involves a variety of environmental and land use statutes (including, the National Environmental Policy Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; 1872 Mining Law; National Forest Management Act; Clean Water Act; Endangered Species Act; Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships; and Magnuson-Stevens Act), as well as issues of procedure (such as, intervention; indispensable party; standing; and appellate jurisdiction). Mr. Avila has argued more than 25 appeals, including an argument before the Tenth Circuit sitting en banc.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Avila was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco where he practiced in the firm’s Land Use and Environmental Law group. Prior to that, Mr. Avila served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.