P. David Lopez

Outten & Golden

P. David Lopez is the incoming co-Dean of Rutgers Law School - Newark.  Mr. Lopez currently is a Partner at Outten and Golden, the nation’s largest employee-side law firm, and is the attorney-in-charge at the firm’s Washington, DC office but will be leaving the position this month.  Mr. Lopez served as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from April 8, 2010 until December 9, 2016 – the longest-serving General Counsel of the agency.  Mr. Lopez was nominated twice by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010 and 2014.  Mr. Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the agency's General Counsel.  As General Counsel, Mr. Lopez was in charge of the Commission's litigation program, overseeing the agency's 15 Regional Attorneys and a staff of more than 325 lawyers and legal professionals who conduct or support Commission litigation in district and appellate courts across the country.  He has served at the Commission in various capacities for the past 22 years, including as Supervisory Trial Attorney in the Phoenix District Office and Special Assistant to then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas. Mr. Lopez has been a Lecturer-in-Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Law Center. Prior to joining the EEOC, Mr. Lopez was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Between 1988 and 1991, Mr. Lopez was an Associate with Spiegel and McDiarmid in Washington, DC. Mr. Lopez is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the United States Court Of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He is Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Attorneys. In 2014, the National Law Journal named him one of America’s “50 Outstanding General Counsels.” 

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