Former Interior Department Secretary Joins WilmerHale

The firm adds to its natural resources team with another government veteran

Former deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior Michael Connor is joining fellow former Interior Department leaders at WilmerHale.

Connor will join the law firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office but will also maintain a presence in the Denver office, where former secretary Ken Salazar works. His practice focuses on energy development, environmental compliance, natural resources and Native American law, adding to the firm’s depth chart in each of these areas.

Although he will work in the Washington, D.C., and Denver offices, there is currently no specific plan for allocating the time between the two offices. Connor will work primarily in Washington, D.C., but will spend time in Denver office, where the firm focuses its natural resources practice with its clients in the Western U.S.

“Mike’s experience very much complements WilmerHale’s focus on the energy and natural resources industry,” said Andy Spielman, chair of WilmerHale’s energy, environment and natural resources practice and co-partner-in-charge of its Denver office. “No doubt, he will help deepen our knowledge and be a part of our clients’ successes in a very strategic way.”

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