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Michael Connor, 
WilmerHale

Mr. Connor is a Partner at the law firm of WilmerHale, where he focuses on natural resources, energy development, environmental compliance and Native American law. He provides strategic advice, counseling, legal and legislative support to businesses, tribes and other entities, helping them navigate complex policies, statutes, regulations and treaties associated with the use, conservation and protection of natural resources. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, addressing some of the most complex natural resource issues facing federal agencies across the nation. Mr. Connor earned a reputation in government as an authority on water resources law and policy, and is a trusted source for legal advice and policy support regarding water resource use and sustainable development.  Before joining WilmerHale, Connor held an array of positions within the federal government, including high-level positions in the Obama Administration. He previously served as counsel to the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Director of the Indian Water Rights Office at the Department of the Interior. Connor received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University and a juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.