Timothy Lynch has been named acting general counsel of the Department of Energy.
Lynch joined DOE in 2010 from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was assistant chief litigation counsel, to serve as deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement. At DOE, he’s been the point man for the long-running “downwinders” suit over radioactive fallout from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
On Lynch's watch, about a third of the cases have settled after more than two decades of litigation.
DOE, which has about 150 headquarters-based lawyers, has been without a confirmed general counsel since March 2011, when Scott Blake Harris left to head the legal department of Neustar Inc. Gregory Woods, who is currently deputy general counsel at the Department of Transportation, was nominated for the job in early August and has been awaiting a confirmation vote by the full Senate since November.
Sean Lev, who was previously Energy’s acting GC, jumped to the Federal Communications Commission last month, where he is deputy general counsel and special adviser to Chairman Julius Genachowski on matters concerning the transition to Internet Protocol networks.