Erik Milito is the director of Upstream and Industry Operations for the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Milito’s work covers regulatory and legislative matters related to domestic exploration and production, including access to domestic oil and natural gas resources both onshore and offshore. Prior to his current position, Mr. Milito served as API’s managing counsel covering a host of legal issues, including oil and natural gas leasing, royalties, environment, fuels, transportation, safety, and civil justice reform. Prior to joining API, Mr. Milito served for over four years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate, and an additional four years in the U.S. Army Reserve, resigning at the rank of major. Mr. Milito was assigned to active duty tours in Hawaii, Korea and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and he served as a prosecutor, defense attorney and command advisor. Mr. Milito was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal during his military tenure. After leaving the Army, Mr. Milito worked as a career attorney with the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior. While at Interior, Mr. Milito worked on royalties, employment law, and disability access issues. Mr. Milito has testified on industry issues before multiple House and Senate committees. He has authored and co-authored several papers related to natural resources issues and has served as a guest speaker on multiple occasions. Mr. Milito attended the University of Notre Dame on an R.O.T.C. scholarship, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mr. Milito received his juris doctor from Marquette University Law School, where he was a member of the law review.