Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming

Partner *

202-298-1928

gfleming@vnf.com

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007

  • Led the largest legal program within DHS, comprised of approximately 1500 attorneys and staff in 60 locations across the country providing legal advice to ICE client senior officials as they led a global team of nearly 20,000 employees committed to protecting national security and public safety via the enforcement of immigration and customs law.
  • Managed day‐to‐day operations of EPA’s nearly $8B budget and 15,000 employees in concert with other senior agency officials. Participated in the development and coordination of viewpoints of various stakeholders as the Agency finalized or proposed significant environmental regulations including the Clean Water Rule, the Clean Power Plan, the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule, Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule, Ozone NAAQS and the Worker Protection Standard.
  • Operated as the lead enforcement official responsible for coordinating all civil and criminal aspects of environmental protection in conjunction with state partners and headquarters representatives in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, (RCRA) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental laws.
  • Served as the chief negotiator on highly sensitive and complex environmental matters including a comprehensive and enforceable historic agreement with the State of Florida establishing for the first time a science-based protective limit (WQBEL) on NPDES permits controlling phosphorus pollution discharges into the Everglades thereby ending nearly twenty years of litigation.
  • Served as the Agency’s co-representative to the RESTORE Act Council and supervised the personnel tasked with addressing ecosystem restoration and community resiliency in the Gulf of Mexico coastal region after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
  • Maintained Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Clearance.


* Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Work is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.