Michael R. Bromwich brings nearly 40 years of experience – as a criminal defense lawyer, federal prosecutor, special prosecutor, inspector general, and independent monitor – to the representation of individual and corporate clients. Over the years, he has been called on countless times – by public corporations, private companies, federal, state, and local governments, cabinet secretaries, and the president of the United States – to deal with problems of the greatest private and public significance.
Michael has conducted internal investigations for private companies and other organizations, provided monitoring and oversight services, and represented institutions and individuals in white-collar criminal and regulatory matters and congressional matters. His most recent publicly disclosed representations have included Christine Blasey Ford, Andrew McCabe, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Additionally, he served as the independent monitor for Apple (antitrust) and Walmart (US ethics).
Clients benefit from the significant experience Michael gained serving in multiple governmental and prosecutorial roles. As the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Michael was DOJ's principal oversight official responsible for investigating public corruption and systemic issues relating to waste, fraud, and abuse within DOJ and its law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). His work included investigations of the FBI Laboratory, the FBI's role in the Aldrich Ames affair, the handling of classified information in the 1996 presidential election campaign finance investigation, and the DEA's involvement in the CIA-crack cocaine controversy.
Michael also served as associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra, where he was one of three courtroom lawyers for the government in the case of United States v. Oliver L. North. Additionally, Michael was an assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Michael's most recent public sector service took place in 2010-2011, when he was selected by President Obama to reform the regulation and oversight of offshore drilling and to serve as the country's top offshore drilling regulator in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. During his tenure at the Department of the Interior, Michael implemented a series of far-reaching regulatory and organizational reforms that revamped the nation’s regulation of offshore energy exploration, development, and production.
- District of Columbia
- New York
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980
- M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 1980
- B.A., Harvard College, 1976, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
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- Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2022
- Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (2010-2011)
- Inspector General, Department of Justice (1994-1999)
- Associate Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra (1987-1989)
- Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1983-1987)
- Non-resident senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Advisory board member, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania School of Law