Linda V. Priebe

Partner - Culhane Meadows, Former Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Official in White House Offices under three US Presidents

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Linda Priebe is former Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Official in White House Offices under three U.S. Presidents with a dozen winning cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Linda Priebe joined Culhane Meadows as Chair of Government Relations directly from her role as Deputy General Counsel and Agency Ethics Official in the White House Office of Drug Policy and Office of the Counsel to the President. Serving fourteen years in various capacities in White House offices, Ms. Priebe has been a trusted legal advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations. While at White House Drug Policy, Ms. Priebe was counsel in over a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, ethics counsel in ten Senate confirmations of Presidential Appointees and digital and social media counsel.

Prior to White House Drug Policy, Linda served as Acting Legal Director at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington DC; Assistant Utah Attorney General for Indian Affairs; Member of the Utah State Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board; and attorney in private practice representing Indian Tribes in environmental and natural resources litigation. She is also certified in European Data Privacy Law and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.

At Culhane Meadows, Linda’s practice includes:

• Advice and counsel to Arctic stakeholders regarding U.S. and international laws, regulations and enforcement actions governing business activity in the Arctic including shipping, tourism, environmental and species conservation, offshore oil & gas, sustainable energy, risk management and emergency response, stakeholder engagement, community impact, work place issues, and data privacy and cyber security.
• Advocacy on behalf of Arctic stakeholders before U.S. and international agencies and policy makers including Coast Guard, State Department, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Arctic Nations, and Non-Governmental Organizations.
• Advice, and counsel to international companies, federal contractors, internet businesses and advertisers, and manufacturers regarding compliance with U.S. and EU laws regarding data privacy and security including privacy by design, compliance reporting, and national security.


Summary of Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.’s Testimony about U.S. Arctic Priorities, Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce Mid-Atlantic Region, 2015

Polar Code Comments Due 9/1/14 & USCG Workshop Update, Officer of the Watch, 2014

Arctic Vessel Projection Study, Officer of the Watch, 2014


Public Comment Before US Coast Guard Regarding Adequacy of Proposed International Cyber Security Standards for Private Shipping Industry, Washington DC, 2016

The Wild, Wild Arctic: What You Need to Know About U.S. Arctic Compliance Now! Arctic Encounter Symposium 2015, University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA

The Arctic: Shared Opportunities and Challenges for Norway and the U.S., Lakselaget Norwegian-American Professional Women’s Organization, Washington DC, 2014


Tourism Development in Environmentally Sensitive Areas: Cruising the Arctic’s Northwest Passage, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, Fall 2016

The Arctic: US and Norway’s Shared Opportunities and Challenges, Sons of Norway, Washington DC, Fall 2016

Personally, Linda was raised in a Norwegian-­speaking home in Seattle and was fortunate to attend seventh grade in Anchorage, Alaska. The beauty of Alaska’s remote lands and her fascination with native peoples in combination with her Norwegian heritage has been the driving inspiration for her Arctic work.

Awards & Recognition: Washington, DC Super Lawyer (a Thomson Reuters service) as published in Super Lawyers Magazine 2014-present;
Director’s Award for Dedication to Public Service (White House Drug Policy);
Director’s Special Act of Service Cash Award (White House Drug Policy);
Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance (White House Drug Policy)

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