Acting General Counsel
Judith S. Kaleta is the Deputy General Counsel but is currently serving as the Acting General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). She is also the Alternate Agency Ethics Official and the Dispute Resolution Specialist for DOT. Ms. Kaleta has served as Chief Counsel of the Research and Special Programs Administration, Acting Chief Counsel of the Federal Transit Administration, Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration, and staff attorney in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Before joining DOT, Ms. Kaleta was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.
Ms. Kaleta has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution. She co-authored an article about the American Bar Association Standards for the Establishment and Operation of Ombuds Offices, an article on agency review of regulations, and "The Caring Lawyer," an article which encourages an approach to client interviewing based on the mediation process. A Chicago native, Ms. Kaleta is a summa cum laude graduate of De Paul University and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.