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Ben Dunham

Principal Attorney

For 15 years, Ben Dunham has been a substantive and strategic thought leader on policy issues in Washington, D.C.  


Mr. Dunham counsels clients on compliance, transactions, and legislative and regulatory affairs, with an emphasis on the consumer product and clean energy industries. He has represented clients on issues related to the environment, chemical safety, climate change, international trade, over-the-counter drug safety, transportation and energy.

Representative matters include:

• Building
, managing, and representing a coalition of more than 40 NGOs, labor unions, and innovative companies, which succeeded in authorizing more than $5 billion to accelerate deployment of a new generation of zero-emissions reactors

• Leading advocacy efforts around the 2016 overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act on behalf of the largest trade association representing consumer product manufacturers

• Securing a $34 million in tariff exclusions for a leading home and hygiene company

• Developing and executing a successful strategy to ensure continuation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice program, despite four consequent Presidential Budget requests proposing elimination of the program

•  Successfully representing a leading solar and electric vehicle manufacturer on a highly consequential issue related to solar tariffs

• Representing a clean energy startup company on energy tax issues

• Advising a consumer product manufacturer on designing a legal framework for aggressively addressing plastic waste
• Representing a non-profit on a wide-ranging effort to support next-generation nuclear technology
• Advising a major West Coast port on political risks of a proposed expansion

• Assisting a leading renewable chemical manufacturer with successful Part I and Part II applications for a Department of Energy Loan Guarantee

Prior to starting Dunham Law & Policy, Mr. Dunham spent five years with several AmLaw100 law firms.  He also worked as a senior advisor to the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), including roles as Chief Counsel and Legislative Director. He directed the activities of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health under Lautenberg and negotiated the first bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act.

Mr. Dunham was legislative counsel at a nonprofit environmental law firm and a staff attorney at another nonprofit group before working on Capitol Hill.

He has been by quoted the New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, the New Yorker, and has appeared on the CBS Evening News and national radio programs.  

Mr. Dunham is an active member of the Washington, DC bar.