Steven Croley was sworn in as General Counsel on May 21, 2014. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, he served in the Office of White House Counsel. From 2012-2014, he served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President, and from 2011 to 2012 as Senior Counsel to the President. He oversaw a legal team handling a wide range of domestic legal issues, including energy. From 2010 to 2011, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice & Regulatory Policy on the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Eric J. Fygi has served as the Deputy General Counsel since the Department of Energy's founding in October 1977, and periodically has served since then as the Department's Acting General Counsel. Together with the General Counsel, he is responsible to the Secretary of Energy for all the Department’s legal affairs and the management of a 100-plus complement of attorneys at the Department’s headquarters.
Deputy General Counsel for Environment & Compliance
Kedric L. Payne is the Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Compliance. He is primarily responsible for providing legal counsel concerning environmental protection laws, international and national security, ethics, and personnel matters. He manages a legal team that advises various offices throughout the Department, including the Office of Environmental Management, the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer.