Leah Pilconis is the Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) in-house attorney and advisor on construction and environmental risk management. Her work includes a wide range of legal advocacy, government relations, as well as compliance and risk management support for the construction industry. Leah launched and continues to direct the association’s environmental program. Working at the intersection of business and government, Leah represents AGC’s 27,000+ member companies in federal agency rulemakings and permitting, manages successful advocacy campaigns to balance business and economic interests with top environmental concerns, works with government staff on policy and program implementation, and identifies opportunities for regulatory reform. She has been called on to testify before U.S. Congress on ways to improve the environmental approval process for infrastructure projects. Leah also engages in public speaking and publishes articles and other resources for industry on minimizing liability exposures and ensuring legal compliance.
More broadly, Leah oversees AGC’s efforts to improve the construction risk environment by monitoring and reporting on the financial, legal, safety, environmental, and reputational risks that construction firms and their workforce may face. This includes organizing meaningful peer-to-peer dialogue on recent trends, potential problems, and best practices to mitigate and manage project risk. Similarly, Leah maintains the association’s critical relationships with the surety and insurance industries – with a focus on facilitating outreach/engagement to better align interests and identify opportunities to support each other.
Leah hosts the association’s podcast, ConstructorCast, a source for all the news, views and interviews relevant to the business of construction.
Leah holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Gettysburg College and a J.D. degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Forum on Construction Industry, Division 10 (Energy and Environment). Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.