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Office of the General Counsel


The General Counsel serves as the Chief Legal Officer of the Department, with final authority on questions of law.  The General Counsel is the legal advisor to the Secretary and is responsible for the supervision, coordination and review of the legal work of the almost 500 lawyers throughout DOT.  The General Counsel is responsible for the Office of Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement, and also coordinates the Department's legislative efforts, regulatory program, and involvement in legal proceedings before other agencies, as well as various operational and international legal matters.  The immediate Office of the General Counsel (OGC) includes approximately 90 lawyers, analysts, and administrative professionals.

Chief Counsels' Offices

The General Counsel also provides oversight and support to the Chief Counsels' Offices of the Operating Administrations.  For more information about the Chief Counsels' Offices, please visit the links below:

Immediate Office of the General Counsel

The Immediate Office of the General Counsel consists of the General Counsel, two Deputy General Counsels, Special Assistant to the General Counsel, two Associate General Counsels, and several administrative staff members:

John E. Putnam
Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel

Judith S. Kaleta
Deputy General Counsel

Alex A. Peña
Special Assistant to the General Counsel


Last updated: Friday, February 19, 2021