Photo of Lisa Halko, Chief Counsel, California Department of Conservation 

Lisa Halko, Chief Counsel at the California Department of Conservation was appointed to the position by Governor Brown on August 1, 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience in legal issues related to environmental law and public health.

Halko was an administrative law judge at the California Department of Social Services from 2012 to 2017, and an attorney at California Correctional Health Care Services from 2010 to 2012. Previously she was a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig LLP, served as general counsel and court executive officer at the Yolo County Superior Court, and was an associate at Livingston and Mattesich Law Corporation.

Halko studied Acting at the State University of New York’s Conservatory of Theater Arts at Purchase. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, then did graduate work in philosophy at UCLA before earning her Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law.