Office Leadership Biographies
On February 17, 2017, President Trump appointed Nicholas C. Geale as Deputy Solicitor of Labor, and he became Acting Solicitor of Labor in accordance with federal law. Mr. Geale also serves as the Chief of Staff for Secretary Acosta at the Department of Labor, effective August 20, 2017.
Mr. Geale previously served as a member of the National Mediation Board, which he joined in August 2013. Immediately prior to joining the National Mediation Board, Mr. Geale served as the Director of Oversight and Investigations for Ranking Member Lamar Alexander on the U. S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Before becoming Director of Oversight, Mr. Geale served as Oversight and Investigations Counsel on the Committee for Ranking Member Michael B. Enzi. Mr. Geale also served at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2006-2009, as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor and as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Labor.
Prior to federal service, Mr. Geale had six years of experience in labor and employment matters, general commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution in private and public practice, including serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Mr. Geale graduated from Georgetown Law in 1999 and Claremont McKenna College in 1996.
Rachel Mondl is the Deputy Solicitor for Policy. Ms. Mondl joined the U.S. Department of Labor in April 2018.
Ms. Mondl previously served as a professional staff member and counsel to the House Education and Workforce Committee under Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC). In that role, she worked on a wide array of labor and employment policy issues, including non-discrimination, pensions, wage and hour, workplace safety, and labor relations. Before joining the Committee, Ms. Mondl was in-house counsel to the Smithsonian Institution, where she focused on employment litigation and counseling.
Prior to government service, Ms. Mondl worked for a number of years as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in its Washington, D.C. office. At Gibson, she represented companies in labor and employment and appellate matters.
Ms. Mondl earned her B.M., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and her J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law. While in law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal. Ms. Mondl clerked for the Honorable Frank Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
As Deputy Solicitor for National Operations, Susan Harthill oversees the legal activities performed in the national office by attorneys in nine program divisions, each headed by an Associate Solicitor. In addition, she shares responsibility for oversight of the Management and Administrative Legal Services Division with the Deputy Solicitor for Regional Enforcement. She works with the divisions and the Solicitor to coordinate with the Solicitor General's Office at the U.S. Department of Justice and provide centralized services within the Department.
Ms. Harthill has served as the Deputy Solicitor for National Operations since February 2014. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, she was a tenured law professor and was formerly Special Counsel in the Washington D.C. headquarters of a large international law firm.
As a law professor, Ms. Harthill taught courses in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Trusts and Estates. She has published law review articles on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), workplace bullying, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She has frequently presented her work at national and international conferences, including a presentation on the topic of workplace bullying at the International Labor Organization (ILO).
As a practicing attorney, Ms. Harthill represented employers in the full range of employment law matters. In addition to litigating employment law and ERISA cases, Ms. Harthill also counseled employers on statutory and regulatory compliance, and conducted training, including harassment and discrimination training.
Ms. Harthill has been active throughout her career in numerous pro bono matters and other service activities. Representative examples include serving as a loaned associate from her law firm to the Legal Aid Society of Washington, D.C., her two-term appointment as a Commissioner on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and her volunteer Board membership on a domestic violence shelter in St. Johns County, Florida.
Ms. Harthill graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1994. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom (UK) and her Master of Science from the University of Bristol, also in the UK.
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.
Maia S. Fisher is the Associate Solicitor of the Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services. She leads the Division in providing a full range of legal support for the programs that administer the Black Lung Benefits Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and its extensions. Ms. Fisher has worked for the Office of the Solicitor since 2009, also serving as Acting Associate Solicitor, Deputy Associate Solicitor, and staff attorney.
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.
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.
Ann Rosenthal became Associate Solicitor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) on October 3, 2014. She has spent her entire legal career focusing on protecting the safety and health of American workers. Before accepting her current position, Ms. Rosenthal served as Deputy Associate Solicitor in the OSH Division, and as Counsel for Appellate Litigation in both the Occupational Safety and Health and Mine Safety and Health Divisions, supervising OSHA and MSHA litigation in the courts of appeals and administrative appellate bodies and handling some major cases on her own. In 1999, Ms. Rosenthal was the first recipient of the Department of Labor's Mary Helen Mautner Award for excellence in Appellate Advocacy to receive the award for her work as a supervisor.
Ms. Rosenthal also served as chief counsel to the Honorable Rosemary Collyer, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia District, when Judge Collyer was Chair of the independent Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. She has spoken frequently at conferences and courses on occupational safety and health topics and on appellate advocacy.
Ms. Rosenthal is a graduate of Boston University Law School, and of the University of Massachusetts.
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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).
Michael Felsen joined the Boston Regional Solicitor's Office in 1979. Early in his career, he handled trial litigation cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA), Service Contract Act (SCA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and other statutes administered by the Department. In 1991, Mr. Felsen began serving as Counsel for ERISA. In that capacity, he was responsible for supervision of all Labor Department litigation enforcing the provisions of Title I of ERISA in New England. In 2003, as part of his SES Candidate Development Program, he served for several months as Acting Senior Project Manager at DOL's International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), handling the Eastern Europe (Poland and Ukraine) portfolio, including mine safety and labor law reform projects. In April 2009, he assumed the role of Acting Regional Solicitor, and was appointed Regional Solicitor in June 2010.
Mr. Felsen is a past Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section, and clerked for Justice Paul J. Liacos of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court before joining the Solicitor's Office.
Mr. Felsen holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law (1978) and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College (1971).
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.
Stanley Keen has been the Regional Solicitor in the Atlanta Regional Solicitor's Office since May 16, 2004. Prior to becoming the Regional Solicitor, Mr. Keen 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.
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.
James E. Culp has served as the Regional Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor Dallas Regional Solicitor's Office since March 2009. In that capacity, Mr. Culp is responsible for managing the Department of Labor's legal offices in Dallas and Denver, which are responsible for conducting the Department's legal work involving the 11-state region stretching from Texas to the Canadian border. Mr. Culp has worked as an attorney for the Department of Labor's Solicitor's Office for over 36 years. Prior to becoming Regional Solicitor, Mr. Culp held a number of positions including Deputy Regional Solicitor for the Dallas Regional Solicitor's Office (2000-2004), Deputy Associate Solicitor for the Division of Federal
Employees' and Energy Workers' Compensation (FEEWC) in Washington, D.C. (2004-2006), and Deputy Regional Solicitor in the Atlanta Regional Solicitor's Office (2006-2009).
Mr. Culp received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and an A.B. in economics from Princeton University.
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.