L. Michael Bogert has joined Parsons Behle and Latimer in Boise as a shareholder. Bogert is the former regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office in Seattle and counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior. Bogert will lead the firm’s environmental law practice in Idaho.
Former President George W. Bush appointed Bogert regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 10 office in 2005. Bogert represented the EPA on two important collaborations with the Coeur d’Alene Basin Commission and Puget Sound Partnership, which helped advance the administrations’ Cooperative Conservation initiative.
Bush appointed Bogert counselor to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne in 2006. Bogert advised Kempthorne on matters including implementation of the Endangered Species Act, American Indian water rights settlements, and federal law and policy relating to water and natural resources development on public lands.
Bogert also served as counsel to Gov. Kempthorne from 1999 to 2004, as counsel to California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003 and as chief deputy legal affairs secretary to California Gov. Pete Wilson from 1995 to 1998.
Bogert attended George Washington University L.L.M. Program in Environmental Law in 1994-95. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1985. He is admitted in Idaho, California and Washington, D.C.