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Offices of Regional Counsel

The U.S. EPA Offices of Regional Counsel (ORCs) are located within each EPA regional office and provide day-to-day support to each Region and Headquarters for all general legal matters, including defensive litigation and counseling issues. The regional attorneys give legal advice on:

Specifically, these responsibilities entail counseling regional program staff and managers on the application of statutes, regulations, case law, and policies, as well as any other legal issues that arise.

Counseling is also provided by the ORCs on:

In addition, the ORCs provide ethics counseling to regional staff and management, and most ORCs provide support to the Agency’s enforcement program by supplying a Regional Judicial Officer and a Regional Hearing Clerk. Furthermore, regional attorneys draft federal rules and defend the Agency in litigation. Finally, most of the ORCs also provide legal support for all enforcement matters.

The Offices of Regional Counsel support regional and national priorities and commitments. The regional attorneys play a unique role in ensuring that legal requirements and obligations are met -- priorities are often driven by mandates or deadlines imposed by courts, statutes, or regulations.

In addition to the regional program offices and the Office of General Counsel, ORCs also work closely with:

The work of the ORCs covers the full range of legal issues and includes outreach to the public in support of EPA’s mission.

Links to Offices of Regional Counsel:

Contact Information:

Region 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
One Congress Street
Boston, MA 02203-0001
(617) 918-1090
Carl Dierker, Regional Counsel

Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, VI)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007-1866
(212) 637-3107
Eric Schaaf, Regional Counsel

Region 3 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
(215) 814-2602
Marcia Mulkey, Regional Counsel

Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Accountability
61 Forsyth St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-9060
(404) 562-9655
Mary Wilkes, Regional Counsel

Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
(312) 886-2944
Robert Kaplan, Regional Counsel

Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
Fountain Place, Suite 1200
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
(214) 665-2110
Suzanne Murray, Regional Counsel

Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
901 N. 5th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101-2798
(913) 551-7010
David Cozad, Regional Counsel

Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
999 18th Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202-2466
(303) 312-7100
Robert Ward, Regional Counsel

Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 972-8705
Nancy Marvel, Regional Counsel

Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Counsel
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 553-1073
Allyn Stern, Regional Counsel


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