Steven Croley is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and the Environment, Land & Resources Department.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Croley served as General Counsel for the United States Department of Energy. He oversaw all of the Department’s legal activities including litigation, regulation, licensing, loans, intellectual property, procurement, ethics, cyber, sensitive transactions, and energy law and policy across all sources of fuel — fossil, renewable and nuclear. Mr. Croley also actively managed the Department’s major litigation strategy and settlement decisions, with special focus on environmental litigation concerning the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. He also supervised the Department’s activities under the National Environmental Policy Act, and oversaw the Department’s responses to congressional oversight requests, Government Accountability Office investigations, Inspector General inquiries, whistleblower matters and third-party information requests.
Before joining the United States Department of Energy, Mr. Croley served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel for President Obama. He provided legal and strategic counsel to the President, Chief of Staff and senior White House staff concerning major regulatory and litigation issues, as well as communications, congressional oversight and crisis response. In this capacity, he oversaw all areas of domestic law — including criminal justice policy, energy and the environment, financial regulation, healthcare and immigration. Mr. Croley also worked actively on all major energy and environmental issues, including liquefied natural gas exports, permitting, regional petroleum reserves, rules under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, water resource issues and Endangered Species Act issues.
Mr. Croley first joined the White House as a Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy on the Domestic Policy Council where he served as senior White House policy advisor for criminal justice policy, firearm regulation, civil rights, food safety, regulatory reform and government transparency.
Previously, Mr. Croley was named a chaired law professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he focused on administrative law, civil procedure and torts. He also served as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, representing the United States in a variety of affirmative and defensive civil litigation matters, from initial filings through appeal.
Mr. Croley began his career as a law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- "New Executive Order on 'Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure'," Client Alert (May 2017)
- "The Uncertain Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Litigation and Regulatory Change in the New Administration," Client Alert (May 2017)
*Admitted to practice in Michigan. D.C. and Illinois bar applications pending. D.C. Rule 49 notice: while bar application is pending, all legal services rendered under the guidance of an active D.C. bar member.
Mr. Croley’s representative experience includes*:
- Major RCRA and Price-Anderson Act environmental litigation involving the US Department of Energy
- Major constitutional and statutory litigation matters during the Obama administration
- Medical malpractice, constitutional law, jurisdiction and civil procedure, immigration, civil fraud, employment, forfeiture and other civil litigation matters on behalf of the United States in federal district and appellate courts
Energy and the Environment
Mr. Croley has extensive experience with:
- Licensing of liquefied natural gas export volumes
- Long-distance and international transmission lines
- Spent nuclear fuel and defense-origin radiological waste
- Renewable energy, and major solar and clean-coal demonstration projects
- Natural gas storage and pipeline safety
- The National Environmental Protection Act
- Energy markets, distributed generation and demand response
- The Endangered Species Act
- Environmental regulation
Counseling, Sensitive Matters and Crisis Management
- Regulatory decision-making and policy implementation for climate, healthcare, civil rights, immigration and other domestic policy areas
- Cyber security
- Sensitive foreign acquisitions under CFIUS, and controlled nuclear exports (Secret/Top Secret/SCI security clearances)
- Congressional oversight, GAO inquires, Inspector General whistleblower matters and third-party information responses
- Crisis response to foodborne illness outbreaks, major droughts, the national debt ceiling, mass firearm tragedies and other contingencies
*These examples illustrate Mr. Croley’s experience prior to joining Latham & Watkins