Michelle O. McClelland is the Assistant General Counsel for Administration and Transactions and is responsible for managing legal advice to the Department’s senior leadership and bureau program offices regarding transactions with third parties including contracts, interests in real property, grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements and represents the Department in litigation related to those transactions. She also oversees legal advice on compliance with ethics rules, appropriations law, privacy issues, and records management. She has practiced law in the Department for over 22 years where she previously served as the Assistant General Counsel for Finance & Litigation, Chief of the Federal Assistance Law Division, acting Chief Counsel of the Minority Business Development Agency and as senior counsel to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries programs and disaster relief programs. She was recognized as the Attorney of the Year for the Department of Commerce in 2009 for her work on the Recovery Act programs and she received the Department's Superior Environmental Stewardship Award for her work to resolve environmental compliance matters for the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
Prior to her federal service she served as an assistant public defender in the Baltimore City Juvenile Division, District 1. Mrs. McClelland holds a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is admitted to practice before the Maryland District, Circuit and Appellate courts (1986) and the Supreme Court of the United States of America (2012).