Kris Durmer, JD ’78
Dean's Advisory Council Member
U.S. General Services Administration
In September 2009, Kris E. Durmer was appointed General Counsel of the United States General Services Administration (GSA). In his new role, Durmer has assumed the daily management of GSA’s Office of General Counsel and oversight of the agency’s legal affairs.
Durmer advises the administrator and other officials of the agency on all areas of the agency’s mission, which includes contracting, information technology, travel and transportation, real estate, construction, litigation, personnel and labor relations, equal employment, GSA Fleet, personal property management and disposal, and ethics. Durmer also supervises attorneys representing the Government in contract claims, and in protests challenging the agency’s acquisitions.
One of the attorneys Durmer supervises is Franklin Pierce Law Center graduate Elizabeth Hochberg JD/LLM’03, who joined GSA in 2008 after working for several years at the Smithsonian Institution.
Durmer has decades of experience as a litigator and has served on the boards of many national and local organizations. He entered the private practice of law in New Hampshire in 1979, and was most recently director of Smith-Weiss, Shepard & Durmer P.C. in Nashua, NH and vice president of ABBA Title Company. Durmer served as a referral attorney for several legal service plans including Union Privilege, NEA, and Hyatt Legal. He has been a member of the New Hampshire and Nashua Bar Associations since 1979 and a member of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association.
Durmer was a presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of Sallie Mae, serving as vice chair in 1997 and acting chair from 1997 to 1998. He has also served on the board of trustees of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT and on the board of directors for the Nashua Home Health and Hospice Care Agency. He was a commissioner of the Nashua Housing Authority from 1982 to 2000.
Durmer earned a BA degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1971. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.