Gordon Burns, Undersecretary for Environmental Protection
Gordon Burns was appointed Undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2011. Prior to his appointment, Gordon spent most of his career as an attorney in the California Attorney General’s Office, where he focused on complex natural resources cases, writs, and appellate practice. From 1999 to 2006, he was a Deputy Attorney General in the Land Law Section, representing clients in cases involving regulatory takings, the California Environmental Quality Act, the restoration of the Lower Owens River, and the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. In 2004, Gordon was granted a fellowship to study Supreme Court practice with the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington D.C. Beginning in 2006, he served as Deputy Solicitor General, supervising the state’s civil cases in the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2010 until his appointment as Undersecretary, Gordon was an attorney at the Resources Law Group, where he led the firm’s climate change, land use, and transportation program.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Gordon lived and worked in San Francisco.
Gordon holds a degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.