Veteran Natural Resources Lawyer Steven Richardson Joins Wiley Rein

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 10:06

Veteran natural resources lawyer Steven Richardson has joined Wiley Rein as a partner in its Environment & Safety Practice in Washington, DC.  Mr. Richardson’s practice focuses on regulation, public policy and litigation in complex, high-profile matters involving water, wetlands, hydroelectric, land, energy and environmental law. 

“We are delighted to welcome Steven to our firm,” said Richard E. Wiley, chair of the firm. “His substantial government and private sector experience further broadens the capabilities of our talented Environment & Safety Group and complements the firm’s strengths in public policy and administrative law.”

Mr. Richardson was a partner at the law firm of Van Ness Feldman in Washington, DC before joining Wiley Rein. 

Prior to private practice, Mr. Richardson served as an advisor to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Bruce Babbitt (1993-2000), and also served as Chief of Staff for the agency’s Bureau of Reclamation and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management.  During his government service, he led the broad-based state, federal, Tribal and private effort that developed the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conversation Program to establish a 50-year habitat conservation and endangered species recovery plan.

Mr. Richardson’s significant Capitol Hill experience includes having served as counsel for Senator Birch E. Bayh, Jr. (D-IN.) and legislative counsel for Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA.), and as staff director and counsel for two House committees.

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Jerita L. DeBraux Salley, an attorney in the Aviation and Corporate Practices, was honored on May 8, 2013 at City Year Washington, DC’s Idealism in Action Gala. The Gala – a premier annual benefit – offers local companies the opportunity to acknowledge “extraordinary community-minded employees.” Ms. Salley was recognized as one of 2013's “Idealists of the Year” for her efforts to “improve our community, nation or world through acts of service and volunteerism.”

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