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Gale Norton

President of Norton Regulatory Strategies and Former Secretary of the Interior

Gale Norton is President of Norton Regulatory Strategies. She has three decades of experience handling energy, natural resources, and environmental issues.

Norton serves on the Board of Directors of American Transmission Company, which operates electric transmission facilities. She is a founder of the Conservation Leadership Council, which advances innovative environmental policies based on market entrepreneurship, community leadership, and public-private partnerships.

As Secretary of the Interior, 2001-2006, she played a key role in shaping national energy policies. In the face of crises including the September 11th attacks and the War on Terror, increasing domestic energy production became a major focus for Norton’s term. She oversaw lands and offshore areas that produced a third of America's domestic oil, natural gas, and coal. She was actively involved in consideration of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, offshore and onshore oil and gas production, coal mine leasing and reclamation, hydroelectric generation, as well as biomass, wind and geothermal development.

Norton returned to Colorado as General Counsel for Royal Dutch Shell Unconventional Oil, 2007-2010. She was a member of Shell’s global legal leadership team, and handled legal, regulatory and governmental issues for Shell’s oil shale and in-situ oil sands projects, primarily in Colorado and Alberta. 

As an attorney, Norton has handled multi-billion-dollar and high-profile litigation involving products liability, antitrust, taxation, environmental and constitutional issues, including arguing cases before the US Supreme Court and negotiating one of the largest lawsuit settlements in history. Norton served two terms as the elected Attorney General of Colorado, 1991-1999. 
Norton has a B.A., J.D. and honorary Ph.D. from the University of Denver, and an honorary Dr. Eng. from the Colorado School of Mines.  In 2014, DU Law School honored Norton with the Outstanding Alumni Award.

She serves on boards for the Federalist Society, the Reagan Alumni Association, and the University of Colorado Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. She and her husband, John Hughes, are avid international travelers, golfers, and outdoor enthusiasts.


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Publications and Multimedia
Sturgeon v. Frost - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-2-16 featuring Gale Norton
June 02, 2016
Sturgeon v. Frost - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 2-17-16 featuring Gale Norton
February 17, 2016
Do as I Say, Not as I Do: The Story of Environmental Non-Compliance at Federal Facilities
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
May 01, 1997