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Winfield Wilson

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Winfield Wilson is an Attorney-Advisor on the Energy Transition Team, Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), U.S. Department of Commerce.  He specializes in the regulation of natural resources and sustainable mining, with a focus on critical minerals. 

Mr. Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in geological sciences from Brown University, a Master's of Public Policy from the American University School of Public Affairs, and a J.D., cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law.  He worked as a geologist in private practice prior to earning advanced degrees in law and public policy. 

Immediately prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Wilson was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, where he litigated U.S. health and safety cases at the trial and appellate levels, represented the Mine Safety and Health Administration in bankruptcy matters, and served as a senior policy advisor on international labor issues in mining, with a focus on cobalt and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Mr. Wilson is also an adjunct faculty member of American University's School of Public Affairs and has developed a curriculum on constitutional and administrative law.  Mr. Wilson has contributed research, writings, and presentations on mining and administrative law for the American Bar Association, the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the Sustainable Development Law & Policy journal, the American Society of Public Administration, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the Work in a Warming World conference, and the International Conference on Sustainable Development.  Mr. Wilson is conversational in French and German.  Mr. Wilson is an active member of the State Bar of California.