L. Michael Bogert

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L. MichaelBogert
Managing Shareholder, Washington D.C.

Michael Bogert works in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Boise and Washington, D.C. offices. He is the former counselor to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, a position he held for two and a half years following his appointment by President George W. Bush on July 10, 2006. He is also the former regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10 office in Seattle, a position he was appointed to by President Bush in 2005. As counselor to the secretary under Dirk Kempthorne, he advised the secretary on various policy issues in the areas of endangered species and served as the secretary's lead policy negotiator on Tribal water rights settlements, including the landmark Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, among others. As the regional administrator for EPA Region 10, he was responsible for leading EPA's partnerships with the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, as well as the 271 federally recognized Tribes in the Region.

Mr. Bogert also served as the principal legal advisor to Governor Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho for over five years (1999-2004). In that capacity, he advised the executive office and agencies on legal implications of state policy and legislation, with an emphasis on environmental issues and matters within the jurisdiction of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Mr. Bogert has also worked as counsel to the office of Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger of California (2003), and was chief deputy legal affairs secretary to Governor Pete Wilson of California (1995-1998).

Mr. Bogert attended The George Washington University, L.L.M. Program, Environmental Law, 1994-1995, and received degrees from the University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1985, and the University of Santa Clara, B.A. (History), 1979.


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University of Idaho College of Law (J.D., 1985)

The National Law Center
George Washington University Law School
Enrolled in LL.M., Environmental Law (1994-1995)

University of Santa Clara (B.A., 1979)
Major: History


Recognized in Chambers USA, 2014-2018

Counselor to the Secretary, Department of the Interior
(2006 - 2009)

Region 10 Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(2005 - 2006)

Counsel to the Governor, Governor Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho
(1999 - 2004)

Counsel, Office of Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger of California (2003)

Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary, Governor Pete Wilson of California (1995 - 1998)


District of Columbia


University of Idaho College of Law