Christopher D. Peloso

Bar Membership

California (admitted June 2010)
District of Columbia (admitted May 2012)
Alaska (admitted May, 2012)


Georgetown University Law Center
Dec 2009

Juris Doctor
    Managing Editor, Georgetown Int'l Environmental Law Review
    Global Law Fellow

The Johns-Hopkins University
May 2002
Master of Science, Biochemistry

University of California, Berkeley
May 1995
Master of Science, Environmental Engineering
Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
May 1992
Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Engineering
     Minors in Philosophy, Business Management, and History

Legal Work Experience

State of Alaska, Department of Law
Judicial Clerk
July 2011-present

Provide litigation services and regulatory counsel for a variety of state agencies involved in environmental and land use decisions, and commerce. Work includes litigation in state, federal, and administrative courts, as well as providing advice to agencies and legislators regarding the interpretation and revision of state statutes and regulations. Highlights include:

  •     Defended the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in an administrative hearing related to the grant of a Clean Water Act permit.
  •     Argued a piercing the corporate veil claim for the Department of Commerce in Alaska Superior Court.
  •     Argued several criminal prosecutions in Alaska District Court for the Juneau District Attorney's Office.
  •     Provided legal counsel to DEC regarding numerous rulemakings related to the Clean Air Act and other environmental regulations.
  •     Provided legal counsel to Governor's Office related to Alaska's obligations under the MARPOL Annex VI treaty protocol.

    Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
    Federal Trial Court Judicial Clerk
    Apr. 2010-July 2011

  •     Assisted Administrative Law Judge in the handling of cases arising under the Mine Act.
  •     Performed substantive and procedural legal research in matters related to administrative law, Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Mine Act.
  •     Drafted a variety of legal documents including memoranda, orders, and decisions.

    Department of Justice
    Law Clerk
    Sept. 2009-Dec. 2009

  •     Assisted Environmental and Natural Resource Division lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing.
  •     Assisted appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal.
  •     Conducted legal research and drafted motions, discovery requests, and memoranda of law dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues.

    Law Clerk
    Jun. 2009-Aug. 2009

  •     Drafted legal memoranda and conducted legal research in a variety of environmental and land use topics related to environmental issues in Alaska, including the Tongass National Forest and coastal oil drilling.
  •     Analyzed timber, oil, mining, and recreational issues under both Alaska state law and federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act.

    Human Rights USA
    Legal Intern
    Jan. 2009-May 2009

  •     Drafted legal memoranda and conducted legal research related to the rights of detainees and enemy combatants held in U.S. custody.
  •     Analyzed both domestic U.S. law and international treaty law related to detainee treatment.


    Prior Work Experience

    Intelligence Analyst
    Nov. 2002-Apr. 2008

  •     Prepared intelligence products focusing on terrorist threats involving nuclear or radiological material for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
  •     Provided technical analytical support to a government agency in the field of chemical and biological weapons counter-proliferation.
  •     Performed analysis of foreign and terrorist capabilities, technical review of scientific data related to weapons of mass destruction, air dispersion modeling of weapons effects, and program management for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).