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Executive

The Executive Section of the Office of General Counsel provides contracts, personnel counsel and administrative law counsel.

Craig D. Varn, General Counsel
Robert A. Williams, Chief Deputy General Counsel
Rachel Roopnarine, Administrative Assistant

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Agency Clerk

The Agency Clerk is responsible for keeping records all official legal documents received by the Department of Environmental Protection including petitions and orders.

Lea Crandall, Agency Clerk

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Enforcement

The Enforcement Section of the Office of General Counsel represents the Department of Environmental Protection in all administrative or judicial enforcement actions. In addition to handling enforcement litigation, the attorneys in this section participate in enforcement settlement negotiations, review and drafting of consent orders and notices of violation, assist in training department enforcement staff and provide general legal advice.

Larry Morgan, Chief Deputy General Counsel
Mary Wilson, Administrative Assistant

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Defense

The Defense Section of the Office of General Counsel is the defense counsel for all of the Department’s regulatory and proprietary programs. It provides legal advice and representation to the Division of Air Resource Management, Siting Coordination Office, Division of Waste Management, Division of Water Resource Management, and the Department’s six regulatory districts concerning permitting issues. It also represents these Divisions when existing or proposed rules or variances are challenged. Finally, it also reviews and approves proposed restrictive covenants for the divisions and regulatory districts.

Jeff Brown, Deputy General Counsel
Fawn Brown, Administrative Assistant

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Program (Regulatory and Proprietary)

The Program Section of the Office of General Counsel is program counsel for all of the Department’s regulatory and proprietary programs. It provides legal advice to the Division of Air Resource Management, Division of Waste Management, Division of Water Resource Management, Division of Environmental Assessment & Restoration, the Office of Water Policy, and the Department’s six regulatory districts concerning program issues. The Program Section also serves as counsel to the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, the Divisions of State Lands, Recreation and Parks and the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. The attorneys handle closings and closing audits for state land acquisitions. They also review leases, easements and other land use agreements for submerged lands and state owned uplands. The section also serves as the Environmental Regulation Commission Liaison.

Justin Wolfe, Deputy General Counsel
Shayna Acree, Administrative Assistant

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Public Lands

The Public Lands section of the Office of General Counsel is counsel to the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, the Divisions of State Lands, Recreation and Parks, Law Enforcement, Office of Greenways and Trails and the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. The attorneys handle contract review, closings and closing audits for state land acquisitions. They also review leases, easements and other land use agreements for submerged lands and state owned uplands.

Robert A. Williams, Deputy General Counsel
Yolonda Richardson, Administrative Assistant

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Last updated: August 20, 2015
 

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