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Steven Donziger is an American attorney known for his legal battles with Chevron, particularly the Lago Agrio oil field case which led the company to withdraw its operations from Ecuador. Donziger is under house arrest awaiting trial on charges of contempt of court in relation to the case, a move condemned by twenty-nine Nobel laureates as “judicial harassment” by Chevron.
After graduating from college, Donziger worked as a journalist. His first job was in the United Press International bureau in Managua, after which he freelanced in Nicaragua for The Fort Lauderdale News, the Toronto Star and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After graduating from law school, Donziger worked as a public defender in Washington, D.C. during which time he produced a report on Iraqi civilian casualties in the Gulf War that was adopted by the United Nations.
He visited Ecuador in 1993, two years after completing law school, where he says he saw “what honestly looked like an apocalyptic disaster,” including children walking barefoot down oil-covered roads and jungle lakes filled with oil.