All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo, and in New York City continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) protects the legal interests of the Smithsonian Institution. The OGC has 14 attorneys who provide legal advice and counsel to the Board of Regents, Secretary, and other Smithsonian staff on various issues including: the legal nature and administration of the Institution, intellectual property, employment, collections management, contracts, ethics, tax, tort claims, etc.
The OGC represents the Smithsonian in litigation and other adversarial proceedings to which the Institution is a party and before federal, state, and local government entities on administrative matters; issues final determinations on administrative tort and personal property claims against the Smithsonian; and generally monitors developments in the law for application to Smithsonian programs. The Smithsonian Institution is represented in litigation by the Department of Justice and the Offices of the United States Attorney.
- Judith Leonard, General Counsel
- Katherine Bartell, Associate General Counsel
- Meghan Delaney Berroya, Assistant General Counsel
- Craig M. Blackwell, Associate General Counsel
- Laura Damerville, Assistant General Counsel
- Gregory Dworkowitz, Assistant General Counsel
- Farleigh Earhart, Associate General Counsel
- Danielle Fisher, Assistant General Counsel
- Virginia Gomez, Associate General Counsel
- Lauryn H. Guttenplan, Deputy General Counsel
- Mia Haessly, Assistant General Counsel
- Dave Larson, Assistant General Counsel
- Jessica Sanet, Assistant General Counsel
- Eryn Starun, Assistant General Counsel
Street Address: 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW, Room 302, MRC 012, Washington, DC 20560
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 37012, MRC 012, Washington, DC 20013-7012