Steven P. Croley

Dr. Steven P. Croley

Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

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 litigation, rulemaking, licensing, loans, intellectual property, permitting, procurement, ethics, cyber, CFIUS and other sensitive transactions, and energy policy matters. Mr. Croley actively managed the Department’s major litigation strategy and settlement decisions, with special focus on environmental litigation. He also actively managed the Department’s responses to congressional oversight requests, Government Accountability Office investigations, Inspector General investigations, and high-profile whistleblower matters.

Before joining the Energy Department, Mr. Croley served as 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 matters, as well as communications, congressional oversight, and crisis response. In this capacity, he oversaw all areas of domestic law – including financial regulation, healthcare, immigration, and criminal justice policy. Mr. Croley worked actively on major energy and environmental issues, including liquefied natural gas exports, federal permitting, petroleum reserves, rules under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, water resource issues, and Endangered Species Act issues. He 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 civil rights, criminal justice policy, firearm regulation, food safety, regulatory reform, and government transparency.

Previously, Mr. Croley served as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Division. There, he litigated on behalf of the United States cases presenting questions of constitutional law, medical malpractice, civil fraud, immigration, employment, and civil procedure and jurisdiction, among others. He handled all civil cases, from initial filings, through discovery and dispositive motion or trial, through appellate argument.

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. He then joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught administrative law, civil procedure, torts, and a variety of specialty courses. He remains on the Michigan Law faculty.