Office of the General Counsel Biographies

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General Counsel, Julia Akins Clark

General Counsel, Julia Akins ClarkMs. Clark was appointed by President Obama on August 10, 2009, after unanimous Senate confirmation. She began her legal career as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice and then practiced labor law for over 20 years before her appointment. As FLRA General Counsel, Ms. Clark is responsible for protecting federal employee, union and management rights under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, passed as a part of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1979. Ms. Clark oversees the operations of the FLRA's seven Regional Offices. Under her leadership, the FLRA/OGC has dramatically improved timely case processing and developed comprehensive public information resources, which are available both on-line and in classroom training sessions held in FLRA regional office cities. An ardent proponent of cooperative labor-management relations, Ms. Clark also provides guidance and resource support to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, established by Executive Order 13522, including training for labor-management forums throughout the country.

Deputy General Counsel, Peter A. Sutton

Peter A. Sutton joined the FLRA shortly after the agency was established in 1979. He has been a senior manager with the agency since 1991, culminating in his appointment as Regional Director for the Chicago Region in April 2005. Since then, Mr. Sutton simultaneously served in critical leadership positions on an acting basis, including Acting Deputy General Counsel from August through December 2009, Acting Regional Director of the Washington Region from January through May 2010, and Acting Deputy General Counsel from March 2013 until this appointment.

In addition to his agency responsibilities, Mr. Sutton is a long time member of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Federal Sector Conference Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker at that annual conference. He has taught and spoken at many other federal sector educational conferences sponsored by the FLRA, other federal government agencies, the Federal Management Institute, Federal Dispute Resolution (LRP), and the Society of Federal Labor and Employment Relations Professionals.  In recognition of his extraordinary public service, the American Bar Association (ABA), Section on Labor and Employment Law presented the prestigious Federal Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year award to Mr. Peter Sutton in 2010. Mr. Sutton attended Holy Cross (B.A., 1975) and received his law degree from New England School of Law (J.D., 1979).

 

Assistant General Counsel for Appeals, Richard Zorn

Richard Zorn has held this position since March 2001 and has worked in the Office of the General Counsel since 1998.  He is also OGC's Freedom of Information Act Officer and the manager of OGC's portion of the FLRA's web site.  Mr. Zorn has worked for the FLRA since 1990, first as a staff attorney in the Solicitor’s Office and then on a Member’s staff.  Previously, he worked for the Department of Labor as an attorney in the Solicitor's Office.  He has a B.A. degree from Hobart College, in Geneva, N.Y., a M.S. in Health Services Administration from Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, and a J.D. degree from University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a member of the University of Dayton Law Review.

Assistant to the General Counsel for Representation Cases, Jean Perata

In addition to serving as the Regional Director of the San Francisco Regional Office, the OGC also relies upon Jean's acknowledged expertise concerning representation matters.   She has been with the FLRA since its inception in 1979, working as an Authority Agent and then as a Supervisory Authority Agent.  Prior to joining the FLRA Jean was a Compliance Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor-Management Services Administration, administering the provisions of Executive Order 11491, as amended.  Jean obtained her B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Legal Policy, Kurt Rumsfeld

Kurt Rumsfeld became the Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Legal Policy in September, 2013.  His responsibilities include assisting the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in managing the OGC’s regional operations and providing support for the effective and efficient enforcement and administration of the Statute.   Before joining the FLRA, Kurt practiced labor and employment law with a private law firm for over seventeen years, representing public employees and unions in federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country on a full range of labor relations and employment-related matters.  Kurt has also served as Legal Counsel for the International Association of Fire Fighters, and he began his career in labor law as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor.  Kurt graduated from Williams College, and he received his law degree from Northeastern University Law School.  He also has a LL.M in Labor and Employment Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

Director of Operations, Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith joined the FLRA’s Budget and Finance Division in June 1996, serving as a Budget Analyst for the agency until May 2005.  After stints with the Federal Transit Administration and the Merit Systems Protection Board as a Senior Budget Analyst and a Budget Officer, respectively, Kevin returned to the FLRA as the Director of Budget and Finance in April 2010.  He assumed the role of the Director of Operations for the OGC in April 2014 and is responsible for overall management of the office.  Kevin also worked briefly as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley earlier in his career.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the York College of Pennsylvania.

 

  

 Atlanta Regional Office

Regional Director, Richard Jones

Richard S. Jones was appointed Regional Director for the Atlanta Region in January 2012 after serving as the Acting Regional Director since January 2009.  Before that he was the Regional Attorney in Atlanta since October 2002.  He began his career in the Federal service in 1984 as a Field Attorney with the Atlanta Regional Office.  He then served as the Atlanta Region’s Litigation Specialist from 1989 until becoming the Regional Attorney in 2002.  Mr. Jones received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Regional Attorney, Brent Hudspeth

Brent S. Hudspeth was appointed Regional Attorney in the Atlanta Regional Office in June 2012.  He joined the Atlanta Region in 1991 and has served as Senior Attorney since 2001.  Previously, Mr. Hudspeth practiced labor and employment law in Tennessee.  Mr. Hudspeth earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, a Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi.

 

Boston Regional Office

Regional Director, Philip Roberts

Philip T. Roberts was appointed Regional Director for the Boston Region in August 2011 after being designated Acting Regional Director in January 2008.  Before that, Mr. Roberts served as the Regional Attorney for the Boston Region beginning in March 2003.  He began his career in the Federal service in 1986 as Field Attorney with the FLRA's Atlanta Regional Office.  Mr. Roberts transferred to the FLRA's Chicago Regional Office in 1991, where he served as a Field Attorney and later as the Region's Dispute Resolution Specialist.  In 1997, Mr. Roberts served as the FLRA's Acting Director of the FLRA's Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) program in Washington, D.C.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illiniois and a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.     

Regional Attorney, William Kirsner

William (Bill) Kirsner was appointed Regional Attorney for the Boston Region in August 2012.  He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, with a degree in History (High Honors), and from the Ohio State University, College of Law, with a Jurisdoctorate (Honors).  Bill started work as a General Attorney in the Dallas Region in 1995, and has served as the Senior Dispute Resolution Specialist in this Office since 1999.  He has been actively involved in OGC nationwide training initiatives. 


Chicago Regional Office


Regional Director, Sandra LeBold

Sandra LeBold was appointed Acting Regional Director for the Chicago Regional Office in February 2014.  Previously, she served as the Regional Attorney for the Chicago Regional Office since June 2012.  She has worked for the FLRA for 21 years (1979-1988 and 2000-2012) serving in various positions including Staff Attorney, Supervisory Attorney, and Dispute Resolution Specialist.  Ms. LeBold also worked as an Administrative Law Judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission (1997-2000).  She received a B.A. from Indiana University, M.A. from Purdue University, and J.D. from DePaul University School of Law.

Regional Attorney, Greg Weddle

Greg Weddle was appointed Acting Regional Attorney in the Chicago Regional Office in April 2014.  He began working as an attorney in the Chicago Region in 1996 and served as a Senior Attorney since 2001.  Before coming to the FLRA, Mr. Weddle worked for the Social Security Administration in Michigan from 1986 to 1993.  He attended law school from 1993 to 1996, during which time he worked in private sector law firms concentrating in labor and employment law.  Mr. Weddle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Public Service from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

 

 

Dallas Regional Office

Regional Director, James Petrucci

James (Jim) E. Petrucci was appointed Regional Director for the Dallas Region in January 1991.  He had previously served as the Regional Director of the New York Region of the FLRA from September 1983 to January 1991, and as Regional Attorney of that Region beginning in June 1979.  Mr. Petrucci worked as an attorney with the Newark Region of the National Labor Relations Board from 1973 until leaving to join the FLRA in 1979.  He received a B.A. degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

Regional Attorney, Charlotte Dye

Charlotte A. Dye has held the position of Regional Attorney with the Dallas Regional Office since 1998.   Prior to becoming the Regional Attorney, Ms. Dye served as the Dispute Resolution Specialist and Staff Attorney for the Dallas Region.  Ms. Dye received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University Center for Public Service.

 

Denver Regional Office

Acting Regional Director, Timothy Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan was appointed Acting Regional Director for the Denver Regional Office in June 2014.  Before that Tim had been the Regional Attorney since June 2012.  He received a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. with distinction, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Mr. Sullivan began his career with the FLRA in 1987, and has since worked in a variety of roles the the Denver Regional Office, including Dispute Resolution Specialist when he was responsible for the oversight of all training activities sponsored by the Region in the areas of labor-management cooperation, and interest-based negotiations.  Mr. Sullivan has served as a Senior Attorney in the Denver Regional Office since 2003.

 

San Francisco Regional Office

Regional Director, Jean Perata

Jean M. Perata became the Regional Director in May 2012 after serving as Acting Regional Director since January 2012.  Previously she held the position of Deputy Regional Director of the San Francisco Regional Office since 1996.  She has been with the FLRA since its inception in 1979, working as an Authority Agent and then as a Supervisory Authority Agent.  Prior to joining the FLRA Jean was a Compliance Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor-Management Services Administration, administering the provisions of Executive Order 11491, as amended.  Jean obtained her B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Regional Attorney, John R. Pannozzo, Jr.

John R. Pannozzo, Jr. was appointed Regional Attorney for the San Francisco Region in August 2012.  Mr. Pannozzo began his career with the FLRA at the Boston Regional Office in 1984, and transferred to the Los Angeles Region in early 1985.  He moved to a private sector firm in Oakland, California in 1988, and returned to the FLRA as an attorney in the San Francisco Region in 1992.  He served as a Senior Attorney from March 2001 through July 2012.  He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, a J.D. from New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master's Degree in Labor Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Washington Regional Office

Regional Director, Barbara Kraft

Barbara Kraft has practiced labor, employment and employee benefits law as a principal in a private law firm representing Federal employees and unions, as in-house union counsel and as a government attorney. After graduating from law school, she worked first for the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, then relocated to Washington to begin work at the National Labor Relations Board as an attorney in the Division of Enforcement Litigation, Appellate Court Branch. She left the NLRB to work for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, and thereafter entered private practice. Ms. Kraft holds bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Regional Attorney, Jessica Bartlett

Jessica Bartlett was appointed the Regional Attorney for the Washington Regional Office in December 2010.  Prior to this appointment, she served as Acting Regional Attorney and was a Senior Attorney in this Office.  Jessica began her career at the Washington Regional Office for four years and then transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration where she was responsible for many facets of labor litigation before returning to the FLRA in the fall of 2009.  She graduated from Mary Washington College, and then obtained a J.D. degree from George Mason University.