Richard Mannix

Richard Mannix
Senior Counselor
International Section
Office of the General Counsel
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Department of Commerce

Richard Mannix joined the NOAA Office of General Counsel’s International Section in July 2012. Prior to that, he served at NOAA as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation and as Deputy Chief for International Enforcement and Policy. In the latter role, he supervised attorneys who participated in international activities related to fisheries enforcement, including such matters Port State Measures Treaty implementation; development and implementation of conservation measures for regional fisheries management organizations; monitoring, control and surveillance activities; and rendering assistance to other nations in capacity building efforts. These activities also entailed the drafting and support of legislative measures related to international enforcement activities, including measures to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Before joining NOAA, Mr. Mannix worked for 18 years, first as an associate, then as special counsel, at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Crowell & Moring, LLP, where he practiced environmental law. In addition to regular involvement in litigation, regulatory and legislative efforts, Mr. Mannix provided counseling to clients in environmental compliance and auditing. This involved not only conducting audits of client operations and facilities, but also providing training for in-house regulatory compliance specialists as well as conducting "shadow audits" to evaluate and audit the client’s own audit program. Among other efforts, Mr. Mannix assisted in the preparation of an International Cyanide Management Code and supporting documentation for use by producers and users of cyanide worldwide. For several years, he worked with a special master acting on behalf of the Federal District Court of Alaska in providing ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the progress of a large international petroleum company in the development and implementation of a comprehensive environmental management system for that company’s domestic assets.

Mr. Mannix received his J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was senior editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. He holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from New York University, where he worked as a research assistant on "The Papers of Albert Gallatin." He received his undergraduate degree from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey.

Mr. Mannix served for seven years as Vice-Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee, where he authored that section’s Year-in-Review. He has published several articles on issues in environmental law and for four years was a regular contributor to the quarterly journal Environmental Quality Management.

Mr. Mannix is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of New York.