Jeffrey A. Blair

Chief Laboratory Counsel, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jeff Blair joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as its Chief Counsel in May of 2010. Prior to joining the Lab, Mr. Blair was employed in the Office of the General Counsel for the Regents of the University of California where he was Deputy General Counsel, Litigation, Labor, Employment and Benefits and National Laboratory Affairs. Mr. Blair joined the UC Office of the General Counsel in 1989 as a litigation attorney, where he litigated numerous cases on behalf of the University in state and federal trial and appellate courts, many of which resulted in published opinions.

As Manager of Litigation from 2002 through 2006, Mr. Blair oversaw the University's general litigation program, a portfolio involving constitutional, tort, medical malpractice, civil rights, labor and employment and other higher education areas. In 2006, Mr. Blair served as the Acting General Counsel between the retirement of the former General Counsel and appointment of the current General Counsel. From 2006-2011, Mr. Blair was an officer of the LLC entities operating the Los Alamos and Livermore National Laboratories, serving as Company Secretary.

Mr. Blair began his career in the San Francisco Law Firm of Lillick, McHose & Charles (now Nixon Peabody). He is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley (English) and the class of 1983 at University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the Law Review.