Supervisory attorney and litigation counsel representing client agencies of the Department of the Interior as the Field Solicitor. Responsible for management of personnel, facility and equipment, case assignment, monitoring and assisting all legal services to clients, budgeting and consultation with client agencies and Solicitor's Office managers. Innovative, resourceful and capable litigator of complex cases from pleading through discovery, trial and appeal. Additional skills include analysis of complicated matters and litigation risk assessment. Analytical with excellent communication and writing skills.
As senior litigation counsel, built and enhanced the reputation of the office by energetically and enthusiastically engaging all challenges and through successful representation of and litigation for client agencies. Instrumental in developing strong, dedicated staff through leadership and by setting high work ethic and competency standards.
As Field Solicitor, led the office and continued to build an excellent reputation for service, dedication and competence in expanding areas of representation, while maintaining high standards.
Supervisor: Anthony Conte, Regional Solicitor (retired) 2002 - 2012
Priscilla Wilfahrt, Acting Regional Solicitor (retired) 2013 - 2014
Peg Romanik, Acting Regional Solicitor 2014 - Present
Supervisory attorney for the office, ranging from nine to seven attorneys and two administrative assistants. The office represents the Department in the Northeast Region, including the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the Geological Survey. Supervisory duties include management of the personnel, facility and equipment, making case assignments, monitoring and assisting accomplishment of all legal services to client agencies, hiring, disciplining, training, maintaining the realty and equipment, budgeting, purchasing supplies, and reporting to and consulting with management of client agencies and the Solicitor's Office at the regional and headquarters levels. Principally, the office handles all legal matters for OSM in the region, including advice and litigation from enforcement of surface coal mining performance standards, approval of state program amendments, and oversight of the state programs; handles legal advice and support for the FWS for natural resources damages assessments and negotiations and preparation of wind energy and pipeline habitat conservation plans and incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act in the Mid-West; handles advice and support for BLM in the Northeast regarding public lands and natural resources, such as oil and gas and hard rock mining leasing.
In addition to supervising the office, continues to handle advice and litigation of surface mining enforcement cases, as well as Merit Systems Protection, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Federal Labor Relations Authority matters for all client agencies, as well as handling or assisting on numerous matters, as necessary, for efficient service of the client agencies.
Honors - Performance Award, 2009; Performance Award, 2010; Performance Award, 2011; Performance Award, 2012; Performance Award, 2014.
Supervisor: Janet A. Goodwin, Field Solicitor (retired) 1987 - 2002
Principally serviced Office of Surface Mining, but also other Department agencies, including National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service. Primary responsibilities were as senior litigation attorney handling administrative and miscellaneous federal court litigation, both offensive and defensive, including all aspects from pleadings and discovery through negotiation, trials and appeals. Duties also included providing advice to regional and, at times, national agency officials on a broad range of regulatory issues, specializing in complex and sensitive matters requiring experience and judgment. Exercised supervisory duties over other office attorneys handling OSM matters involving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1995 and all OSM regulatory matters from early 2002.
Honors - Special Achievement Award, 1991; Superior Accomplishment Award, 1991; Performance Award, 1992 (QSI); Performance Award, 1993; Performance Award, 1994; Performance Award, 1995; On-the-Spot Award, 2000.
Primarily practiced in defense litigation representing clients of commercial, homeowners and asbestos products manufacturer insurers handling pleadings, discovery, motions, trials and appeals. Some plaintiff products liability, securities, complex construction defense litigation and commercial secured creditor representation.
General practice with emphasis on litigation, commercial, business and bankruptcy law.
Honors - Graduated Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
Activities - Law Review - Note, Davis v. Passman, Will Bivens Survive?, published 1979;
Appellate Moot Court Competition, Finalist 1980
Honors - Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean's List all four semesters
Honors - Dean's List all four semesters; Commandant's List last two semesters
(top 10% of class academically, physically, leadership)
Activities - school cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams
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