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Aaron L. Szabo

Senior Director


Aaron Szabo partners with clients to navigate complex environmental and energy issues. He provides advice on climate change, traditional air pollution and chemicals, as well as general administrative and environmental issues.

His depth of experience allows Aaron to advise on environmental and energy regulations and policies, and their impact on clients’ businesses and practices. In addition, Aaron uses his unique administrative experience to advise businesses on engaging federal agencies during the development and implementation of policies and rules.

Energy and Environmental Policy

Aaron has more than a decade of experience in federal environmental and energy policy. His executive branch career spanned three presidential administrations, during which time he counseled decisionmakers on environmental, energy and natural resource statutes and regulations; analyzed regulatory policies to identify potential legal issues; researched and evaluated proposed legislation to respond to congressional reports and prepare testimony; and acted as liaison with other federal agencies and state, local and tribal representatives.

Aaron was involved in the development of multiple significant Environmental Protection Agency climate and air regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, and oil and natural gas methane regulations. He also worked on the Council on Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act’s updated regulations and federal sustainability policies.

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Aaron served as a partner at a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy and strategic communications firm. Prior to that role, Aaron was senior counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has also served as senior policy advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where he worked on domestic environmental and energy regulatory policy. Prior to his work in the White House, Aaron worked at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Personal Interests

Aaron and his wife, Pamela, live in Virginia with their dog, Jefferson. When not at work, Aaron and his wife enjoy touring historic American cities and hiking through parks and trails.   


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


George Washington University Law School
J.D. (2010)

University of Maryland-College Park
B.A. in Economics, Government and Politics (2006)

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