Before joining K&L Gates, Mr. Rothenstein served most recently as the director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and Policy Communications at the Federal Highway Administration where he served as the primary point of contact with Congress on the surface transportation reauthorization and other legislative and policy matters. In this capacity Mr. Rothenstein advised the Federal Highway Administrator and senior DOT executives on legislation to reauthorize the surface transportation laws, discretionary grant, including TIGER grant issues and on project specific congressional inquiries.
Prior to his work at FHWA, Mr. Rothenstein worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Hazardous Response, the top administration official for Superfund, waste management, brownfields and recycling efforts. Mr. Rothenstein also served as EPA’s director of the Office of Underground Tanks. While with the EPA, he led the agency’s Superfund reauthorization efforts which resulted in the enactment of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act and the Superfund Recycling Act. He also successfully implemented key provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 regulating gas stations and underground storage tanks.
Mr. Rothenstein also served as a professional staff member for almost a decade on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee under Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). While with the committee, he advised members on virtually all environmental matters including Superfund reauthorization, brownfields, and the Clean Air Act as well as on transportation issues before the committee.