Conrad is the principal of Conrad Law & Policy Counsel, where he provides legislative and regulatory representation to businesses, associations, and coalitions in the areas of homeland security, environmental law, and science policy/information quality. He established this practice in Washington, D.C., in 2007 after spending 14 years as an assistant general counsel with the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, Va. At ACC, Conrad assisted Council members in formulating policy and conducting legislative, regulatory, and judicial advocacy in the areas of security, science policy, enforcement and compliance, regulatory innovation, environmental information management, hazardous and solid waste, and air monitoring. He also had managerial responsibility for the Councils legal work in most environmental issue areas. He practiced previously with the Washington, D.C., offices of Davis, Graham & Stubbs and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where his activities encompassed regulatory advocacy, counseling, litigation, and transactional work under all the major federal environmental statutes and numerous state laws. For most of a decade Conrad represented conservation groups on a pro bono basis in a variety of matters involving marine mammals and bald eagles. He has also chaired the City of Alexandria, Virginia, Environmental Policy Commission, and was one of the few Democrats initially appointed to the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2001, he founded the EPA Performance Track Participants Association.
Between 1990 and 1993, Conrad organized and chaired a two-day seminar on the topics covered by this book, produced 11 times in the United States and Canada. He has testified before Congress, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and the New Jersey Legislature, and is a regular speaker before such groups as the National Academies' Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; the U.S. Attorneys' National Conference; the American Bar Association; Association of Corporate Counsel; Environmental Law Institute; Society for Risk Analysis; and others on a range of environmental and administrative law matters. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Conrad's writings on legal subjects have appeared regularly in journals such as the Administrative Law Review, Environmental Health Perspectives, Law and Contemporary Problems, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Environmental Law Reporter, and Environment Reporter. He has also written for The New Republic and the Washington Post, and contributed for many years to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Conrad graduated with high honors from George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the law review and the Order of the Coif. He received a B.A. and the Department Prize in Philosophy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.