Office Leadership Biographies
Timothy Taylor is the Deputy Solicitor of Labor. He was appointed by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia in October 2019. Previously, Mr. Taylor served in other senior roles at the U.S. Department of Labor. He also has served as General Counsel of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Before joining the Department, Mr. Taylor worked in private practice at Holland & Knight LLP. His practice focused primarily on litigation and investigations vis-ŗ-vis the federal government. His work encompassed a variety of legal areas, including government contracts, health care, the False Claims Act, and criminal law. He also frequently represented clients in complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, defamation claims, and unfair-competition claims. Mr. Taylor maintained an active pro bono practice, for which he received a Holland & Knight LLP Public and Charitable Service All-Star Award.
Mr. Taylor received his B.A. from Brigham Young University, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, where he served on the Harvard Law Review. He is a former clerk to Judge Charles Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and Judge Harris Hartz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Stanley Keen serves as the Deputy Solicitor for National Operations within the Office of the Solicitor. Prior to joining SOLís Front Office in 2019, Mr. Keen was the Regional Solicitor in the Atlanta Regional Solicitor's Office from May 16, 2004 and served as the Acting Deputy Regional Solicitor and the Counsel for ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act) Litigation.
Mr. Keen joined the Atlanta Regional Solicitor's Office in 1991. In his first 12 years as a trial attorney with the Department of Labor, he litigated and provided advice in most of the programs enforced by the Department. Notably, Mr. Keen litigated a series of OSHA cases relating to fall hazards on the Space Shuttle launch platforms at Kennedy Space Center; recovered over $14 million in losses to a pension plan sponsored by a Mississippi nursing company; litigated a number of cases intended to end H-2B and wage abuses in the crab-picking industry on the North Carolina coast; and tried the first ERISA case brought by the Department involving a multiple-employer welfare arrangement (MEWA).
Before joining the Solicitor's Office, Mr. Keen served as a judicial clerk and worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he assisted in the investigation of the Ohio bank failures in the 1980s.
Mr. Keen graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1987 and Emory University College in 1984.
Katherine Bissell was appointed as Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement in January 2011. In this position, she is responsible for the direction, organization, and supervision of approximately 300 attorneys and additional support personnel in the seven regional SOL offices (including seven branch offices), which are each headed by a Regional Solicitor of Labor. The Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement advises the Solicitor on strategies for accomplishing SOL's enforcement goals at the regional level and provides leadership to the Regional Solicitors in assuring effective implementation of those initiatives.
Ms. Bissell joined the Department of Labor in August 2004 as Associate Solicitor for the Labor Management Laws Division. In 2006, she became Associate Solicitor for the Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division where she provided legal services to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), the Civil Rights Center (CRC), the Women's Bureau (WB), and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Bissell served as the Regional Attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in New York prosecuting employment discrimination cases under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She worked as a Trial Attorney and Supervisory Trial Attorney in the EEOC New York and Dallas offices. Before joining the EEOC, Ms. Bissell worked for Prairie State Legal Services and Atlanta Legal Aid.
Ms. Bissell received her Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis and her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Barry H. Joyner has been the Associate Solicitor for the Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services Division (BLLLS) since March 2019. BLLLS provides legal services to the Office of Workersí Compensation Programs (OWCP) in connection with Black Lung Benefits Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workersí Compensation Act and its extensions. BLLLSís work involves appellate litigation before the Department of Laborís Benefits Review Board (BRB) and the federal courts of appeals, development and defense of regulations, and legal advice.
Mr. Joyner joined BLLLSís predecessor, the Black Lung Division, as an appellate litigator in 1991. He successfully litigated numerous cases under both the Black Lung and Longshore Acts, and received the Solicitorís Mary-Helen Mautner award for excellence in appellate litigation in 2014. He also helped OWCP develop regulations governing the payment of medical benefits and provided the agency with legal advice on numerous procedural, medical and technological issues. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Joyner coordinated Appointments Clause litigation for the Black Lung and Longshore programs.
Prior to coming to the Solicitorís Office, Mr. Joyner worked for the BRB from 1987 to 1991, as an attorney-advisor and Deputy Associate General Counsel. He was in private practice in Albuquerque, NM, from 1986 to 1987.
He received his bachelorís degree in English from the University of New Mexico in 1983, and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1986.
Beverly Dankowitz has served as the Associate Solicitor for the Civil Rights and Labor-Management Division (CRLM) since May 2016. Prior to her appointment as Associate Solicitor, Ms. Dankowitz served as Acting Associate Solicitor of CRLM for seven months, and prior to that as Deputy Associate Solicitor for CRLM for five years. In this position, she oversees the National Office Division within the Office of the Solicitor that handles all matters involving the laws enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) and the Civil Rights Center (CRC), and provides legal services to several other agencies on civil rights-related issues.
Ms. Dankowitz has been an attorney in CRLM and its predecessor, the Civil Rights Division, since 1985, serving as a trial attorney, Assistant Counsel, and Counsel. As Counsel for Litigation and Regional Coordination for 10 years, she supervised the division's enforcement-related activity under the equal employment opportunity laws enforced by OFCCP, monitored OFCCP enforcement activity nation-wide and provided advice to OFCCP and the Regional Solicitors' Offices. She successfully resolved a number of systemic hiring discrimination cases, some in partnership with RSOL, oversaw administrative appeals that led to favorable final agency decisions, worked with DOJ successfully to defend final agency decisions and developed nation-wide procedures to strategically select cases for enforcement and improve the effectiveness of conciliation agreements.
She has received more than ten Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Awards, and she was the 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Career Service Award. Ms. Dankowitz received her J.D. from the American University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University at Albany - SUNY.
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Thomas Giblin is the Associate Solicitor for the Division of Federal Employees' and Energy Workers' Compensation (FEEWC) within the Office of the Solicitor. FEEWC provides legal services principally in connection with two workers' compensation programs (the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and the Federal Employees' Compensation Act), administers the subrogation provisions for all claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, and provides legal services for claims and litigation from
individuals seeking damages for personal injury or property damage caused by the negligence of Department employees.
From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Giblin served as the Deputy Associate Solicitor for the Division, and from 2001-2007, he was a staff attorney in the Division handling mostly legal advice for the Federal Employees' Compensation Act program. Prior to joining FEEWC, he worked as a staff attorney at the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge, from 1989 - 2001.
Mr. Giblin received a Juris Doctor from George Washington University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Catholic University of America in 1986.
Jennifer Brand has been the Associate Solicitor of Labor for the Fair Labor Standards Division since March 2011. In this position, she oversees the National Office Division within the Office of the Solicitor which handles all matters involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Davis Bacon Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, other federal wage related statutes, and several whistleblower statutes. The Fair Labor Standards Division also acts as Counsel to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.
From May 2008 until March 2011, Ms. Brand was the Executive Director of the New York State Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification. Prior to joining the Task Force, Ms. Brand held the position of Chief of the Labor Bureau at the New York State Attorney General's Office. She had been employed in the Attorney General's Labor Bureau for nearly twenty years and had previously held the positions of Deputy Bureau Chief, General Labor Section Chief and Assistant Attorney General.
Ms. Brand is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and of Barnard College, and she also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Rose Marie L. Audette became the Associate Solicitor for Management and Administrative Legal Services in September 2012. MALS is a combined legal and administrative division within in the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) of the Department of Labor. Ms. Audette leads the MALS Division's provision of general law legal services to the Department of Labor as a whole in such areas as appropriations and procurement law, FOIA and information law, federal records, and internal employment law. Additionally as SOL Administrative Officer, she leads the Division's provision of administrative services to SOL regarding HR, finance and budget, IT and technology, and litigation support. She also leads provision of FOIA administrative services to the Department through the Office of Information Services within the MALS Division. Ms. Audette was one of two Deputy Associate Solicitors in the MALS Division from 2007-2012, and she initially came to SOL as an advisory attorney in the Employment and Training Legal Services Division in 2003.
Prior to entering federal service, Ms. Audette was Counsel in the law firm of Hogan and Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C., practicing in the Education and Litigation Practice Groups, after serving as an Associate with that firm. Prior to entering the legal field, Ms. Audette worked for non-profit organizations as a magazine editor, writer, business manager and member of organizational management.
Ms. Audette graduated from Georgetown Law Center in 1993 and from Georgetown University in 1981, both magna cum laude.
April Nelson serves as the Associate Solicitor for the Mine Safety and Health (MSH) Division. Ms. Nelson joined DOL in 1998, working within the Division of Employment and Training Legal Services at SOL until 2003. During that time, one of Ms. Nelson's major clients was the Job Corps program; and among other things, Ms. Nelson helped Job Corps centers comply with HHS's 2000 Privacy Rule implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Ms. Nelson also assisted with a number of cost disallowance cases and other litigation and disputes regarding ETA grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. Ms. Nelson moved in 2003 to the Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, where she served as the Counsel for Administrative Law until 2006. There, Ms. Nelson advised other Divisions regarding a wide variety of rulemaking and administrative law matters, and also was the Director for FOIA Appeals. In September of 2006, Ms. Nelson moved to serve as the Counsel for Standards and Legal Advice in the MSH Division. There, in the wake of three major mine disasters early in 2006 and the passage of the MINER Act in June of 2006, Ms. Nelson helped MSHA publish a number of final rules to improve mine safety and health. In December of 2016, Ms. Nelson was appointed Associate Solicitor for the MSH Division.
Ms. Nelson graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School with a J.D. in 1994 and from Wheaton College with a B.A. in psychology in 1990.
Edmund C. Baird has been the Associate Solicitor for the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division since February 2019. The OSH Division represents the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in appellate matters before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the federal courts of appeal. In addition, it provides legal advice to OSHA in rulemaking, whistleblower, and enforcement matters.
Mr. Baird joined the OSH Division in 2007 as a staff attorney, was named Counsel for Standards in 2014, and became Deputy Associate Solicitor in 2017. Ed has worked on a number of OSHA rulemakings including the 2012 Hazard Communication revisions and the 2016 Walking-Working Surfaces revisions; handled appellate cases defending OSHA standards and citations; and provided advice to OSHA on a wide variety of programs ranging from whistleblower protection to Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories. He was also a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System for the Labelling and Classification of Chemicals from 2012-2018.
Before joining the Solicitorís Office, Mr. Baird was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri, and Rochester, New York. He also handled civil appeals for the Illinois Attorney Generalís Office.
He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1995 and his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1989.
Peter Constantine serves as the Associate Solicitor for Legal Counsel. In this capacity, he leads the Office of Legal Counsel, which analyzes pending legislation impacting the Department; helps prepare testimony by Departmental policy officials; and assists in drafting legislative proposals to accomplish Departmental priorities. It also provides legal advice related to administrative law and procedure. Mr. Constantine serves as the Departmentís Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official and manages its ethics program. He also manages the Office of the Solicitorís Honors Attorney Program. He previously served with DOL as the Deputy Associate Solicitor for Civil Rights and Labor-Management and as Counsel for Labor Relations. In addition, Mr. Constantine served with the U.S. Department of Housing and Development in a variety of capacities including Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer; Associate General Counsel for Ethics, Appeals and Personnel Law; and Assistant General Counsel for Personnel Law. He has served as an attorney with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority. He received a BA in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster and a JD from American University.
G. William Scott became the Associate Solicitor for the Plan Benefits Security Division (PBSD) on July 10, 2014. He leads the Division in its mission to protect the rights of America's workers to their pension and health benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) through federal court enforcement litigation, appellate and amicus curiae litigation, and advice and opinions with respect to regulations, sub-regulatory guidance, and interpretations of ERISA. He previously served in the Division as Deputy Associate Solicitor, Senior Trial Attorney, and Trial Attorney.
Prior to joining the Office of the Solicitor in 1986, Mr. Scott represented indigent individuals as a staff attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., and as the director of a law school clinical program. While he handled a wide range of cases, Mr. Scott primarily advocated for the rights of tenants and individuals seeking benefits under a variety of statutory entitlement programs. He represented plaintiffs in class actions challenging the regulations and practices of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the D.C. Department of Human Services. Immediately before coming to the Division, Mr. Scott was an Assistant Attorney General in Maryland enforcing consumer protection laws.
Mr. Scott clerked for the Honorable Shellie F. Bowers, D.C. Superior Court, and is a graduate of Catholic University Law School (1977) and Duke University (1974).
Maia S. Fisher has served as the Regional Solicitor for Region I since September of 2018. She oversees civil trial litigation and legal advice and support for U.S. Department of Labor matters arising in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Previous, Ms. Fisher served almost a decade in the National Office Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services. During her time as Associate Solicitor, Ms. Fisher led the Divisionís litigation, regulation, legislation, and legal advice practices.
Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Fisher practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Ralph K. Winter of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and to Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks of the Southern District of Florida.
Ms. Fisher earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Jeffrey Rogoff is the Regional Solicitor for the New York Regional Solicitor's Office, overseeing civil trial litigation and legal support for the Department of Labor in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Major litigation areas in the New York Regional Solicitor's Office include the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Wage-Hour, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Mr. Rogoff has been with the New York Regional Solicitor's Office since 2000, serving as a Trial Attorney, Senior Trial Attorney, and Deputy Regional Solicitor prior to his appointment as Regional Solicitor. Before joining the Department of Labor, Mr. Rogoff clerked for a Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York and litigated for six years at both small and large New York City law firms.
Mr. Rogoff received a law degree from New York University and a bachelor's degree from SUNY-Binghamton (Binghamton University).
Oscar Hampton has been the Regional Solicitor for the Philadelphia Regional Solicitor's Office since September of 2014. He directs both the principal office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the branch office in Arlington, Virginia, overseeing 66 attorneys and support personnel. Mr. Hampton is responsible for among the nation's largest OSHA and MSHA programs, as well as extremely active ERISA, Wage/Hour, OFCCP and Whistleblower programs and one of three MSHA Backlog programs in the DOL. Since taking this position, Mr. Hampton has significantly increased both the amount of recoveries and the number of enforcement actions in every program area in the Region. Prior to becoming the Regional Solicitor, Mr. Hampton served as the Counsel for Occupational Safety and Health and as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Kansas City Regional Solicitor's Office for more than 25 years. As a Senior Trial Attorney, he obtained numerous criminal convictions in OSHA matters and was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for DOJ in a criminal matter. Mr. Hampton also obtained the largest civil penalty awarded by the OSH Review Commission in an adjudicated case in the history of Region VII.
Prior to joining DOL, Mr. Hampton worked as a Civil Rights attorney at the EEOC.
Mr. Hampton graduated from the University of Missouri in 1986 with a J.D. and in 1983 with a B.A. in both Philosophy and Religion and Political Science.
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Christine Heri was appointed on January 14, 2013, to serve as the Regional Solicitor for the Chicago Regional Solicitor's Office. Prior to becoming the Regional Solicitor of Labor in Chicago, Ms. Heri served as the Chicago Counsel for ERISA for three years, where she had direct oversight of all ERISA litigation developed and initiated in the ten states serviced by the Regional Office.
Prior to serving as Counsel for ERISA, Ms. Heri was a Senior Trial Attorney for seven years beginning in 2004. In that position, she represented the Secretary of Labor in significant and complex enforcement matters in U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Ms. Heri provided legal advice and analysis to federal agency clients regarding novel issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Bankruptcy Code and other statutes enforced by the Department of Labor.
For 13 years, Ms. Heri served as a Trial Attorney in the Regional Solicitor's Office, litigating cases under ERISA, USERRA, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Bankruptcy Code and other statutes enforced by the Department of Labor.
Before joining the Solicitor's Office, Ms. Heri worked as an Investigator for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), investigating and enforcing the pension and welfare benefits laws under ERISA.
Ms. Heri graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1990 and from Augustana College in 1987.
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Janet Herold has served as the Regional Solicitor for San Francisco since June of 2012. She leads the San Francisco Regional Solicitor's Office and its branch offices in Los Angeles and Seattle, with more than thirty attorneys who are responsible for most civil trial litigation and legal support for the U.S. Department of Labor for matters arising in California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.
Prior to becoming Regional Solicitor, Ms. Herold was Associate General Counsel for ten years for the Service Employees International Union, leading the National Wage and Hour Project and serving as litigation counsel chiefly to classes of immigrant or vulnerable workers. Prior to and while working for SEIU, Ms. Herold was in private practice, leading class action litigation representing workers seeking redress for severe workplace exploitation, trafficking, and myriad forms of wage theft. Prior to the establishment of her own firm in Pasadena, California, Ms. Herold taught at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, worked as an associate with a labor law firm, and served as in house counsel to UNITE. In these positions, she practiced employment and labor law, representing unions and workers in federal court and before the National Labor Relations Board.
Ms. Herold graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1995. She graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1991, receiving degrees in Honors Mathematics and English.