Ronald Tenpas, the former top environmental lawyer at the Justice Department has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in the firm’s litigation practice in its Washington office. Tenpas served as the assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Divison for the last two years.
Tenpas joined the Justice Department in 1997 as an assistant U.S. attorney. In 2003, he was named U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois and two years later, in October 2005, associate deputy attorney general before becoming head of the environmental division.
“Ron’s significant government background will be an immense asset as we help clients adapt to evolving environmental enforcement, capitalize on new opportunities involving sustainability, and have a voice in policy development,” said James Pagliaro, the head of Morgan Lewis’ litigation practice, in a statement.
President Barack Obama named John Cruden as Tenpas’ replacement for the top legal slot in the environmental division on Jan. 20. Cruden served as president of the D.C. Bar from 2005 until 2006 and was first government lawyer to serve in that capacity.