Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division: Ignacia S. Moreno
Ignacia S. Moreno was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 8, 2009 to be Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the United States Department of Justice. The United States Senate confirmed her nomination in a 93-0 vote on November 5, 2009. She was sworn in November 16, 2009 on the Division’s 100th Anniversary.
Ms. Moreno is a leading practitioner in the field of environmental and natural resources law, with over 19 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. She began her career at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C. where she practiced with the firm’s environmental and litigation practice groups from 1990 to 1994. President Clinton appointed Ms. Moreno to the Department of Justice, where she served with distinction as Special Assistant (1994-1995), Counsel and then Principal Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (1995-2001).
From 2001 to 2006, Ms. Moreno was an Of Counsel and then Partner at Spriggs & Hollingsworth in Washington, D.C. where she specialized in environmental and mass tort litigation with an emphasis on science-based advocacy. From 2006 until her confirmation, she was Counsel, Corporate Environmental Programs at the General Electric Company.
Ms. Moreno served pro bono as General Counsel to the Hispanic National Bar Association from 2008-2009. From 2000-2001, she was President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, where she also served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Ms. Moreno has also served on the Board of Advisors for the Center for International Environmental Law, on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and on the Advisory Board for BNA’s Environmental Due Diligence Guide. She has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association, including in the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and has served on committees of the District of Columbia Bar.
Ms. Moreno received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1990. She is admitted to the Virginia, District of Columbia, and New York State Bars.
Ms. Moreno was born in Cartagena, Colombia and was raised in the Washington Heights section of New York City. She is married to Robert Begotka and has a son, Nicholas.