Meet the Speakers

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

CHD Founder, Chairman and Chief Litigation Counsel on Leave

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is founder, chairman and chief litigation counsel on leave for Children’s Health Defense. He is the founder of Waterkeeper Alliance — the world’s largest clean water advocacy group — and served as its longtime chairman and attorney.

Kennedy’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment and children’s health stems from a litany of hundreds of successful legal actions. TIME Magazine named Kennedy its “Hero for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. The New York City watershed agreement, which he negotiated on behalf of environmentalists and New York City watershed consumers, is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.

Kennedy has enjoyed legal victories in many milestone environmental battles over the past four decades in Latin America, Canada and the United States. Most recently, Kennedy received recognition for his role on the trial team in the landmark victories against Monsanto in 2018, and against DuPont in 2019 in the contamination case that inspired the movie “Dark Waters” (2019). In addition to his environmental work, he has represented Indigenous groups asserting legal and treaty rights across much of Latin America.

Among Kennedy’s published books is the New York Times’ bestseller “Crimes Against Nature” (2005). His book, “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health” (2021), sold more than 1 million copies and was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for 15 weeks. His highly reviewed biography is “American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family.” Kennedy is the author of two children’s books on American history and a third on Saint Francis of Assisi.

Kennedy’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside Magazine, the Village Voice and many others. His award-winning articles have been included in anthologies of America’s best crime writing, best political writing and best science writing.

Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, which awarded him a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law. He served on the Pace Law School faculty from 1986 to 2018 and cofounded and supervised Pace’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.