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Robert M. Sussman

Biography

[EPA press release - May 7, 1993]

Robert M. Sussman was confirmed May 6 by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"I am pleased to have Bob Sussman join me on EPA's senior management team," said EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner. "The agency will benefit immensely from the magnitude of his talents and environmental experience as we move forward in building consensus, improving regulatory performance and integrating pollution prevention into all aspects of our policy-making and management-efficiency efforts."

Sussman is an expert on federal environmental law and a nationally recognized expert in the Toxic Substances Control Act and other federal statutes which EPA implements.

He has litigated extensively in the federal courts. He has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appeared before nearly all of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Prior to joining EPA, he was a partner since 1987 in the Washington, D.C. office of a Los Angeles law firm, Latham and Watkins, where he established an environmental group. He was with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington and Burling from 1974 to 1987, where he was a partner for six years.

He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University, where he was editor of the Law Journal. He also taught undergraduate courses in English and American literature at Yale for one year.

Sussman resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and son, Benjamin.