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Judy Kaleta, Deputy General Counsel

Judith S. Kaleta is the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). She is also DOT's Designated Agency Ethics Official, Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer, and Dispute Resolution Specialist. 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.

Terence Carlson, Assistant General Counsel for General Law (C-10)

Terence Carlson has been the Assistant General Counsel for General Law, a Senior Executive Service position, since 2013. Mr. Carlson leads an office of 14 attorneys and 1 paralegal, and supervises and manages all legal matters related to many of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) administrative operations, including fiscal issues, procurement matters, financial assistance, innovative financing and public private partnerships, equal employment opportunity and other civil rights issues, personnel law, ethics, real property, and asset management. Mr. Carlson also serves as DOT's Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official.


Prior to his current position, Mr. Carlson was Deputy Assistant General Counsel for General Law from 2008 to 2013, where he worked closely with the Assistant General Counsel to supervise and manage the Office of General Law and its practice areas. Mr. Carlson was previously a staff attorney in the Office of General Law, where his areas of practice included fiscal law, procurement, financial assistance, innovative financing and public private partnerships. Mr. Carlson began his legal career in DOT as an Honors Attorney, serving rotational assignments in the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Offices of Legislation and Litigation in DOT's Office of General Counsel.

Mr. Carlson received the Federal Bar Association's Transportation Lawyer of the Year Award, and numerous Secretarial and Office of General Counsel awards, including the Secretary's Award for Meritorious Achievement, the Secretary's Award for Superior Achievement, the General Counsel's Award for Exceptional Service, and the General Counsel's Award for Exceptional Performance.

Mr. Carlson received his J.D. from Catholic University of America and his B.A. from Fordham University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Don Horn, Assistant General Counsel for International Law (C-20)

Mr. Horn has been Assistant General Counsel for International Law since 1988. Before moving to DOT, Mr. Horn was Associate General Counsel, Pricing & Entry at the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board. Under his leadership, the Office of International Law received the Secretary's Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Achievement for "extraordinary effectiveness in expanding opportunities for international aviation through creative and innovative initiatives."

Mr. Horn led United States' delegation to the Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Montreal Convention of 1999. He has spoken on Warsaw Convention liability issues at the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, the Beaumont/Garnault International Aviation Conference, and the Lloyds of London Press International Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar. Mr. Horn has also lectured on "U.S. Regulatory Structure: Deregulation and U.S. Laws" at the State Department's National Foreign Affairs Training Center.


Mr. Horn received the Secretary's Gold Medal Award for his work on the Aviation Congestion Team; the Secretary's Partnering for Excellence Award as part of the Department's International Aviation and Safety Team, and as part of the Cape Ray Mission Team (Syria's chemical weapons disposal); the Washington Airports Task Force's Williams Trophy as part of U.S. International Aviation Negotiating Team for exceptional work in expanding access to international aviation; the Government Technology Leadership Award; the Secretary's Bronze Medal for leadership on the U.S. Delegation to the Montreal Convention, and the FAA Administrator's Award for his support of enactment of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act.

Mr. Horn received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. cum laude from Queens College, City University of New York. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honor society.

Paul Geier, Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement (C-30)

Paul M. Geier is the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), a Senior Executive Service position he has held for the past twenty years. In this capacity, Mr. Geier has been responsible for developing DOT's positions in numerous Supreme Court and lower federal court cases that have included a wide range of constitutional and administrative law issues as well as regulatory challenges. He and the members of his office oversee DOT's litigation and work closely with the U.S. Department of Justice and DOT's Chief Counsels' Offices in the development of the government's legal positions and the drafting of the government's briefs in major Departmental litigation.


Prior to joining the General Counsel's Office at DOT, Mr. Geier held several other positions with the federal government, including Deputy Solicitor to the U.S. Department of Energy's Special Counsel, where he was responsible for judicial litigation arising out of the petroleum pricing and allocation program, and Regional Counsel for Region X of the Community Services Administration in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Geier is a member of the Supreme Court Bar and is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Washington State and the District of Columbia.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University. Mr. Geier has been the recipient of numerous Departmental and Secretarial awards, including the Secretary's Gold Medal Team Award. In addition, he has twice been the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award conferred by the President on career members of the Senior Executive Service. In 2011, he received the rank award of Distinguished Executive and previously, in 2003, he received the award of Meritorious Executive.

Tom Herlihy, Assistant General Counsel for Legislation (C-40)

Mr. Herlihy is the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Prior to this, he worked in the regulations division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Chief Counsel's Office, and he served as a line officer in the United States Navy. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Columbia University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the D.C. Bar Association.


On behalf of the Secretary of Transportation and the General Counsel, Mr. Herlihy oversees the development and coordination within the Executive Branch of legislative proposals, testimony, and views reports prepared for presentation to Congress on behalf of the Administration.

Jon Moss, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation (C-50)

Jonathan Moss was appointed as the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Assistant General Counsel for Regulation in May 2015. Jon heads an office of seven professionals, including five attorneys, who provide expert legal guidance on administrative law, including rulemaking issues affecting DOT and arising from any mode of transportation within DOT. Jon joined DOT in September 2009 as Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Operations, where he helped manage a group of 15 professionals who provided advice on a broad range of issues related to DOT's emergency response activities, the Freedom of Information Act, privacy law, environmental law, aviation economic issues, security (including cyber security) and other matters.


Before joining DOT, Jon practiced aviation and regulatory law for five years in the Washington, DC, office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. During that time, Jon represented clients before federal agencies on a variety of matters, and provided strategic counseling on a wide range of economic, safety, security and other legal and policy issues. Prior to that, Jon spent eight years with United Airlines at its headquarters in the Chicago area, where he served as a lawyer in the Regulatory Affairs group, the Director of Regulatory Affairs and eventually the Managing Director of International & Regulatory Affairs. Jon's responsibilities at United included developing and implementing strategies on domestic and international regulatory matters, advising senior executives, and managing the International & Regulatory Affairs staff, as well as outside professionals. Before joining United, Jon spent five years with firms in Charlotte, NC, and Detroit, MI, where his practice encompassed corporate law, bankruptcy law and creditors' rights.

Jon is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School. He resides with his wife, Ann, and their two children in Virginia.

Ron Jackson, Assistant General Counsel for Operations (C-60)

Ron Jackson has served as the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Assistant General Counsel for Operations since June 2008. Ron heads an office of 16, including 11 attorneys and 5 other professionals, providing advice on a broad range of issues related to the Department's emergency response activities, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), privacy law, environmental law, aviation economic issues, cyber security, records management, and other matters.


Before arriving in the Office of the General Counsel, Ron worked for DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from 2000-2008. From 2000-2006, Ron worked as a lawyer with FTA's General Law Division, handling Federal Court litigation, and issues related to transit security, transit finance, Federal grants, and FOIA. Ron became FTA's Associate Chief Counsel for Litigation in 2005. One year later, Ron became FTA's Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation and Regional Operations, leading FTA's litigation practice and the division housing FTA's Regional Counsels and paralegals. While at FTA, Ron litigated environmental, drug testing, and FOIA cases, reviewed and enforced Federal grants, earned a Secretarial award for work on transit security, and counseled FTA's Lower Manhattan Recovery Office on the oversight of FTA's post-9/11 recovery projects. Ron also has significant experience in private practice. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1986 and New York University School of Law in 1989, Ron practiced in New York City as a litigator, specializing in product liability, intellectual property, and contract cases. Ron resides in Maryland with his wife and daughter.

Blane Workie, Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (C-70)

Ms. Blane Workie is the Assistant General Counsel for the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). She leads an office of attorneys and transportation industry analysts who investigate and enforce DOT's aviation economic, consumer protection, and civil rights requirements primarily through negotiation and issuing cease and desist orders assessing civil penalties. In addition, Ms. Workie has played a critical role in DOT's efforts to enhance aviation civil rights and consumer protection through public outreach activities and issuance of rulemakings.


Previously, Ms. Workie was a regulatory attorney in DOT's Office of Regulation within the Office of General Counsel. She served as legal advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on many administrative law requirements affecting the regulatory process, including statutes, Executive Orders, and rules. From September 1999 to September 2000, Ms. Workie served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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