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David J. Mandl

General Counsel

David is the General Counsel at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Secretary of UT-Battelle, LLC.  He has 20 years of legal experience, primarily in the areas of environmental, safety and health law; nuclear safety and radiological protection; security (including physical and information/cyber security); corporate law and governance; and fraud and the civil False Claims Act.  David has served as primary legal counsel to various ORNL organizations, committees and projects, and routinely advises senior management regarding regulatory compliance, risk management and public relations.  In addition, from 2014 until 2016, David served as Deputy Director of the ORNL Enrichment Science and Engineering Programs, a DOE-funded research and development program aimed at maintaining and advancing the United States domestic uranium enrichment capability for national security purposes.  David also serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Anderson County.   

David came to ORNL from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City.  At Cravath, David was an associate in the Environmental Practice Group of the Corporate Law Department, where he primarily handled environmental, safety and health issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, secured lending, and other business transactions.  Prior to his time at Cravath, David was an associate in the Washington, DC office of Winstron & Strawn LLP.   

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, with a structured split minor in Math, Physics and Chemistry.  He graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Administrative Editor of the International Environmental Law Review.