Gena E. Cadieux



Gena Cadieux is an experienced government contracts attorney and former official with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Prior to joining HWG, Ms. Cadieux served as the Acting Under Secretary for Management and Performance at DOE.  The Office of the Under Secretary for Management and Performance functioned as the Chief Operating Officer of the Department and had responsibility for its primary mission support organizations, including human capital, information technology, procurement, project management, and facilities.  It also oversaw the Office of Environmental Management, which conducts the cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research, and the Office of Legacy Management.

From 2010 to 2016, Gena served as the Deputy General Counsel for Transactions, Technology, & Contractor Human Resources at DOE.  She managed a legal staff responsible for providing legal counsel to the procurement and financial assistance, technology transfer and intellectual property, and contractor labor and pension activities of program offices throughout the Department, including the Offices of Environmental Management, Fossil Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Science.  Gena joined DOE in 1995 and entered the Senior Executive Service in 2004.  She was involved in the placement of tens of billions of dollars’ worth of management and operating and large cleanup contracts during that time and was centrally involved in the transformation of DOE’s procurement review and defense system into one that is respected and successful.  She received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2014 and numerous Secretarial Appreciation awards for projects throughout her career.

Gena formerly served as co-chair of the American Bar Association Public Contracts Law Section’s Bid Protest Committee.  Before joining the Department of Energy, Ms. Cadieux’s legal experience included practice at Davis, Graham & Stubbs and serving as an Honors Program Attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.  She began her career as a law clerk for Judge Roger Robb of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Gena graduated magna cum laude from the Cornell Law School, where she was a Senior Editor on the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with highest honors from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.



Cornell Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Pennsylvania State University, B.A., highest honors


Hon. Roger Robb, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit



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