James M. Durant III, Esq. (Department of Energy)

James Durant

Mr. Durant is a Career Senior Executive Service member serving as Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science–Chicago. In this capacity, he leads a staff of lawyers and administrative professionals providing legal services to six of the ten US National Laboratories across the United States. He also leads a DOE Intellectual Property Law (IPL) Division that is the DOE’s Center of Excellence for IPL.

Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Durant served 26 years in the US Air Force as a Judge Advocate rising to the rank of Colonel (O-6). He served as a Military Trial Counsel, a Special Assistant US Attorney and an International Commissioner for War Claims Trials in Bosnia.  In the area of law practice management, he led nine legal offices across US and internationally--Italy, Bosnia, Croatia, and the UK. His last duty station was in the United Kingdom, where he served as the Director of Legal Services. Mr. Durant also served as the Deputy Department Head and Professor of Law at the United States Air Force Academy. He has deployed in service to OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2009, he served in the US State Department, Verification Compliance and Implementation Bureau as the Strategic Issues Officer. Mr. Durant is a Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates representing the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, which he previously chaired.  He is also a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and a council member of the ABA Government and Public Sector Division. Mr. Durant is a graduate of Howard University where he earned his BA and JD. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.   

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