Office of the General Counsel

Mission Statement

The General Counsel is charged by the Secretary of Energy with the authority to determine the Department’s authoritative position on any question of law. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout DOE to further the Department’s mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Employment and Internships

For employment and law students internships in the Office of the General Counsel, please view the information provided.


Bill Cooper
General Counsel
Eric J. Fygi
Deputy General Counsel
Susan Beard
Deputy General Counsel for Administration
Joseph J. DeSanctis
Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation, and Enforcement
John T. Lucas
Deputy General Counsel for Transactions, Technology, & Contractor Human Resources
Mark R. Robeck
Deputy General Counsel for Energy Policy