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Cliff Rankin

  • General Counsel

Cliff is the general counsel of Bechtel Group, Inc.  His responsibilities include oversight of the company’s Legal, Ethics & Compliance, Internal Audit, and Risk Management functions.  He is based in Reston, VA, Bechtel’s corporate headquarters.

Prior to his current role, Cliff served as deputy commercial manager for Bechtel, supporting commercial matters for each of Bechtel’s global business units and other strategic initiatives. From 2020-22, he served as deputy general counsel for Bechtel, and his responsibilities included oversight of the managing counsels of the Mining & Metals; Nuclear, Security & Environment; and Energy global business units; Bechtel Enterprises; and the Corporate and Labor & Employment functions within the Legal Department.  He was also responsible for oversight of corporate-wide risk management operations and strategic development.     

From 2017-20, in addition to serving as deputy general counsel, he was also the head of Risk Management for Bechtel.  From 2010-2017, he held various roles in the Energy global business unit, including as its commercial manager and manager of Legal.

Cliff earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Texas – School of Law. Prior to joining Bechtel in 2010, he was the executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Shaw Group, Inc.  Prior to that, Cliff spent 16 years at international law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he was a partner since 2000.