SES Daniel R. Murray, SES

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Chief Counsel

Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published Jan. 9, 2020

Daniel R. Murray is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  As Deputy Chief Counsel, Mr. Murray is responsible for the operation and management of the USACE legal enterprise involving over 470 attorney and 120 paraprofessionals worldwide. The Deputy Chief Counsel provides legal services across the full spectrum of USACE missions including: water resources development, military construction, disaster relief assistance, environmental restoration, and real property management. He also develops and implements policies and procedures governing legal activities throughout the Corps to achieve and maintain uniformity in the application of legal principles.


Before entering the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Murray served from 2014-2017 as the Associate Deputy Chief Counsel where he oversaw the attorney development as well as the creation and execution of legal strategic initiatives. He led the overhaul of the Chief Counsel’s Honors Program, increased the number of senior attorney positions across the Corps, and oversaw the transition to a new rating system.


From 2011-2014, he served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for Real Estate Law with responsibilities for the acquisition, leasing, management, and disposal of DoD real property, as well as advising the Chief Counsel on the real estate aspects of litigation. From 2002-2011, Mr. Murray advised clients on a variety of legal challenges as an Associate Counsel for Legislation, Fiscal, and General Law. He provided full service legal advice relating to construction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, emergency response and construction related to Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Mississippi River Flooding, and privately funded improvements to USACE hydropower projects.


He served as Captain in the Army JAG Corps from 2002-2006, assigned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


He graduated, magna cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both philosophy and history from Seattle University.  He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.  Mr. Murray has received the E. Manning Seltzer Award for legal accomplishment and the Joseph W. Kimbel Award for professional potential.