Robert G. Dreher became Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division on June 10, 2013.
As head of the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Mr. Dreher oversees nearly 450 attorneys who enforce federal environmental laws, prosecute environmental crimes, and defend federal agencies’ actions implementing federal environmental laws and managing federal lands and natural resources. Mr. Dreher has been serving in ENRD since February 2010 as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
Mr. Dreher has extensive experience in conservation policy, environmental law, and natural resources management, having represented environmental organizations, federal agencies, tribes, and businesses in a wide range of environmental matters. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Dreher served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Defenders of Wildlife, leading Defenders’ climate change, land conservation and legal programs. He served as Deputy Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center from 2003-2005, and was Of Counsel to Troutman Sanders LLC from 2000-2003. From 1996-2000, Mr. Dreher served as Deputy General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Earlier in his career, he was a staff attorney and co-Managing Attorney of the Washington, D.C. office of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice), and began his career as an associate with the Boston firm Hill & Barlow. He has taught federal natural resources law at The George Washington University Law School and at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Dreher received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981; he received a Masters in American Civilization from Brown University, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.