J. Albert Diaz

Matthew Leopold, of counsel at Carlton Fields in Tallahassee, has been nominated to become general counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

He was formerly general counsel to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He also served in the Justice Department’s environment and natural resources division from 2007 to 2013, according to his LinkedIn page.

The Washington Post in June, reporting on Leopold and other would-be Trump administration nominees, spotlighted his remarks at a Federalist Society panel in Florida in February 2016: “The problem today I see us facing … is the federal government’s expanding regulatory reach. It’s crowding out the proper role for the state governments to do what they do best. I’m not arguing that we shouldn’t have robust environmental laws to protect air, water and land—just the opposite.”

John Cruden, a former leader of DOJ’s environment and natural resources division, said in a statement that Leopold “is committed to the rule of law and can be counted on to give sound and candid advice to EPA decision-makers.”

Former EPA general counsel Avi Garbow joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington office in March.