Paul D. Kamenar

Senior Fellow

Paul D. Kamenar is a Washington, D.C. attorney who provides counsel on legal, regulatory, and public policy matters and guest lectures at the U.S. Naval Academy on constitutional and national security law. He was a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1990-1995 and a Member of its Committee on Rulemaking. He was reappointed as a Senior Fellow in 2010.

As Senior Executive Counsel of the Washington Legal Foundation, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and seven federal courts of appeals and litigated over 200 public interest, high-profile original and amicus cases as lead or co-counsel representing WLF, Members of Congress, state and local officials, major civic and trade associations, veterans’ and victims’ rights organizations, small business owners, and individuals raising significant constitutional, separation of powers, national security, business, regulatory, white collar, and administrative law issues, including the Federal Advisory Committee Act, FOIA, and Paperwork Reduction Act. Several cases included challenges to environmental criminal and civil enforcement actions, the Sentencing Guidelines, excessive punitive damages awards, regulatory takings, and abusive class actions. He has also filed scores of formal comments, petitions, and complaints with dozens of federal regulatory agencies including the EPA, DOJ, SEC, OMB, FTC, FDA, DOI, OSHA, and DOT, and conducted investigations of agency misconduct. He has testified before congressional committees on environmental issues, SEC enforcement, the judicial appointment process, constitutional law, and other topics and conducted briefings on overcriminalization for senior congressional staff in collaboration with the Heritage Foundation and NACDL.

Kamenar has been a speaker at numerous legal conferences, debates, and programs sponsored by the ABA, business and policy organizations, federal agencies, including the FTC and State Department, and law schools, such as Harvard, Duke, NYU, UVA, and Georgetown, including recent symposia on overcriminalization sponsored by George Mason University Law School and NACDL (Oct. 2010), and corporate criminal liability and environmental crimes at Northwestern University and University of Utah law schools in 2009. He has been frequently quoted in the national print media and has made numerous media appearances, including ABC, NBC, and CBS evening news, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Court TV, Nightline, Good Morning America, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Crossfire, Larry King, Charlie Rose, National Public Radio, and many other news shows. He has also authored policy papers, articles, and op-eds on various legal topics.

He also taught a separation of powers/appellate advocacy seminar as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and from 1999-2005 was Clinical Professor of Law at George Mason University Law School where he directed and taught WLF’s Economic Freedom Public Interest Law Clinic. Kamenar received his J.D. from Georgetown where he was lead articles editor of Law and Policy in International Business, and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College.


  • J.D., Georgetown University
  • B.A. in Economics, Rutgers College.