John C. Cruden
Fourth District, (2020 – 2023)
Principal at the Environment Law Firm of Beveridge and Diamond
Santa Clara Law School in 1974
John Cruden has served as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice (DOJ). He was confirmed by the senate in December 2014 and served until January 2017. While at DOJ, Cruden led the settlement negotiations for BP/Deepwater Horizon and Volkswagen litigation. Cruden is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy with advanced degrees from the University of Virginia and Santa Clara Law School. After graduating from West Point, Cruden served in airborne, ranger, and Special Forces units in Germany and Vietnam before attending law school. After graduating Santa Clara Law School in 1974, Cruden attended the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Graduate Course where he was named the outstanding graduate. His final assignment in the military was as the Army's Chief Legislative Counsel. In the Department of Justice, Cruden was Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division; Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section; and was the career Deputy Assistant Attorney General from 1995 to 2011. Following that tenure, Cruden served as President of the Environmental Law Institute until 2015. Cruden has received a number of military awards and the prestigious Presidential Rank Award from three Presidents. He has also served as President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and as President of the District of Columbia Bar.