Nancie G. Marzulla

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Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 822-6760
Fax: (202) 822-6774


Nancie G. Marzulla is a founding partner of Marzulla Law, ranked as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms,” and a “Tier One” environmental litigation firm by the U.S. News and World Report.  Nancie’s litigation practice concentrates on water rights, takings, and contract claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  She also has extensive experience in handling matters involving property, water, environmental law, Indian tribal claims, development, and natural resources in trial courts, courts of appeal, the Supreme Court, and in international tribunals.  Nancie also represents corporate clients in enforcement or permitting disputes with federal regulatory agencies.

Nancie served as an Attorney-Advisor and as a trial lawyer prosecuting employment violations in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Later, Nancie joined the law firm of Verner, Liipfert (now DLA Piper), where she litigated complex airline and other civil matters.  In 1991, Ms. Marzulla founded Defenders of Property Rights, where she was involved in high profile takings cases in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, and trial courts.  Ms. Marzulla also worked at the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland doing comparative legal research.


Diploma, Advanced International Legal Studies
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Salzburg Campus, 1984
J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
Boulder, Colorado, 1983
M.P.A., University of Colorado, 1976
B.A., University of Colorado, 1974

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers of America
  • Baltimore and Washington, DC's Top Lawyers
  • The International Who's Who of Environment Lawyers
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Golden Eagle Award - U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2008)
  • James Madison Award - Bar Association (Court of Federal Claims) (2007)
  • Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's first Randolph W. Thrower Award (2002)
  • D.C. Women's Bar Association as the female environmental Lawyer of the Year (1997)


Nancie has testified in Congress, before regulatory agencies, and in State legislatures on a variety of property (including intellectual property), water, and environmental matters.  She has also authored numerous articles on property and environmental issues, and has made numerous radio and television appearances including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, BBC, CSPAN, Court TV, National Public Radio, and many other news programs. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences, debates, and programs sponsored by the ABA, and other CLE and policy organizations. She is coauthor of Property Rights: Understanding Government Takings and Environmental Regulation, and many articles and op-eds on legal topics.

Associations / Affiliations

  • Advisory Council to Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Past President of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
  • Court of Federal Claims and Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • National Association of Homebuilders, LANDS Committee
  • Energy and Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Maryland Youth Ballet
  • Board of Directors (former), Washington Performing Arts Society
  • Board of Directors (former), Adult Music Student Forum (Treasurer)