2012 Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award Honors Washington, D.C., Lawyer
The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources today announced Washington, D.C., lawyer Brenda Mallory as the recipient of its 2012 Environment, Energy, and Resources Government Attorney of the Year Award.
Mallory’s legal career spans 28 years. She is principal deputy general counsel with the Office of General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Before her government service, Mallory spent 17 years in private practice, last serving as chair of the Natural Resources group of Beverage & Diamond PC, a Washington, D.C., law firm.
Mallory began at the EPA working on Clean Water Act jurisdictional issues in the Wetlands Division of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watershed. While serving in that position, she was selected in 2002 to serve on the White House Taskforce on Energy Project Streamlining. She was subsequently selected by the Administrator’s Office to serve as special assistant in that office, with responsibility for coordinating activities of certain entities including the senior policy council, Office of Water and OGC, among others.
Mallory was appointed associate deputy special general counsel, a position in which she managed critical waste water litigation to conclusion. Her achievements in that position led to her being named acting principal deputy general counsel. In October 2005, she was named principal deputy general counsel, where she serves as the chief operating officer for OGC, managing a $61 million budget and a significant staff of 347 people.
Mallory is well known among members of the Section of Energy, Environment and Resources, having served on the section’s council and as an officer under several chairs who say that they treasure her many and varied contributions. According to her peers, she offers true leadership and brings insightful analysis combined with style and grace to all her endeavors.