Dale G. Mullen Partner

Dale focuses his practice on helping clients develop innovative solutions for regulatory compliance and government relations.

Dale draws on his considerable state and local legislative experience, as well as broad legal and practical managerial experience in federal, state and local government regulatory and compliance matters. He brings decades of experience and a deep understanding of the impact of government regulation on energy, mining, transportation, agriculture, and real estate development. He represents clients throughout the United States on federal and state rulemaking, permitting, and enforcement.

He counsels firm clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in the use of innovative technologies that add efficiency, effectiveness, and economy to business operations. These include waste-to-energy projects, water, air, and solid waste compliance, and the use of unmanned aviation systems (“drones”) for commercial and business use.

Prior to joining the firm, Dale served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA), county attorney, county administrator, and interim general manager of a municipal water authority during a time of expansion, intense regulatory scrutiny and a citizen suit under the Clean Water Act. He also served as general counsel for an airport, which afforded him an insider’s view of the business needs and regulatory issues facing modern aviation. During his time at the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, he implemented strategies for regulatory and compliance fraud prosecutions that contributed to first-of-its-kind national recognition and an award for the Virginia Office of the Attorney General for civil and criminal fraud recoveries in excess of $535 million.


Development, funding, and implementation of waste-to-energy and advanced nutrient management projects.

Exploration and permitting of the potential commercial uses for unmanned aviation systems.

Leadership of multi-jurisdictional water and wastewater design, financing, permitting and construction.

Development and approval of long-range water supply plans and responsible development and management of surface and groundwater supply systems.

Development and approval of municipal separate storm water systems (MS4).

Financing clean water system expansion through state Water Quality Improvement Funds (WQIF).

Negotiation and defense of citizen Clean Water Act enforcement.

Representation of municipal water and wastewater authority in civil and criminal investigation by state authorities and EPA.

Counsel on wastewater authority in establishment, design, permitting and construction of beneficial reuse programs for economic development.

Development and implementation of Quality Assurance/Quality Control Programs for municipal water and wastewater treatment systems.

Development of local legislation addressing development of public and private water and wastewater systems.

Investigation and prosecution of non-typical organized crime cases in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.

Defense of businesses and professionals in cases concerning individual and corporate liability.

Representation of national clients including retail product manufacturers, a firearm manufacturer, national chain restaurants, and a major retail chain.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, cum laude, Associate Editor, Law Review, 2002
  • Bluefield College, BS, summa cum laude, 1999

Keep Virginia Beautiful, Board of Directors, 2015-

Chair, Virginia State Bar Environmental Law Section, 2017-2018

Director, James River Water Authority, 2009-2012

Director, Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development (TJPED), 2009-2012

President, Hanover County Bar Association, 2008-2009

Member, Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Member, John Marshall American Inns of Court

Member, Local Government Attorneys of Virginia (LGA)

Member, Administrative Law, Construction Law, Criminal Law, Environmental, Litigation, and Local Government Law Sections, Virginia State Bar

Member, Stormwater Management Plan Advisory Group, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 2013

  • Virginia
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Named to "Legal Elite," Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative, Virginia Business, 2013-2018, 2020

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Virginia: Environment, Chambers USA, 2017-2020

Named to “Leaders in the Law,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2011

Named to “Top Ten Civil Defense Verdicts in Virginia,” Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, 2004

Recipient, Joseph W. Gregg Leadership Award, United States Navy, 1987

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