David William Ogden, known professionally as David W. Ogden, served as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. An American lawyer, Ogden was also a high-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Defense during the administration of President Bill Clinton. He is a nationally recognized litigator and counselor in the Washington, DC. office of the law firm WilmerHale, LLP.
|34th United States Deputy Attorney General|
March 12, 2009 – February 2010
|Preceded by||Mark Filip|
|Succeeded by||James M. Cole|
|Born||November 12, 1953|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Harvard Law School
Ogden is the son of Horace G. "Hod" Ogden (1925-1998), who was the first director of the Bureau of Health Education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and previously had worked for the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare), and Elaine C. Ogden, an elementary school teacher.
Ogden earned an A.B. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and a J.D. magna cum laude in 1981 from Harvard Law School. He served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 1981-82, Ogden clerked for Hon. Abraham David Sofaer, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and in 1982-83, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Ogden began his career in Washington, D.C. as an associate from 1983 until 1985 at the law firm of Ennis Friedman & Bersoff, and he served as a partner at that firm from 1986 until 1988. From 1988 until 1994, Ogden was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block. From 1994-95, he served as the Deputy General Counsel and Legal Counsel for the United States Department of Defense. From 1995-97, he was an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice. From 1997-98, Ogden was Counselor to United States Attorney General Janet Reno, and from 1998-99, he was Chief of Staff to Attorney General Reno. From 1999-2000, he was Acting Assistant Attorney General and from 2000-01, the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division in the United States Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General, Ogden led the Justice Department's largest litigation division handling major constitutional, administrative law, false claims act, government contracts, consumer law, and tort matters. In September 1999, under his leadership, the Civil Division filed the United States' high profile lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
From June 2001 until November 2008, and again since April 2010, Ogden has been a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr ("WilmerHale"), leading the firm's Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group. In private practice, he has represented a wide range of businesses, trade associations, and individuals in litigation, arbitration and investigations against the United States government, state governments and foreign governments, and private parties, including cases under the Administrative Procedure Act, fair lending laws, the False Claims Act, fraud racketeering laws, international litigation, and arbitration.
On January 5, 2009, President-elect Barack Obama announced he would nominate Ogden to be Deputy Attorney General. Ogden's nomination was criticized by conservative groups that objected to some of his previous legal work, such as litigation under the First Amendment on behalf of adult entertainment companies including Playboy and Penthouse and amicus briefs on behalf of the American Psychological Association in constitutional litigation involving abortion and gay rights. However, the selection was praised and supported by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Sheriff's Association, the National District Attorneys Association, Larry Thompson, Jamie S. Gorelick, Seth Waxman, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Ogden was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 12, 2009, in a vote of 65-28.
As Deputy Attorney General, Ogden set new Justice Department policy in connection with criminal and civil discovery to fulfill the Department's obligations to disclose exculpatory information to criminal defendants; providing new law enforcement resources to help Native American tribal communities combat violence against women and children,; redoubling federal efforts to combat health care fraud ; and accommodating federal enforcement policy to laws in several states legalizing medicinal use of marijuana.
On December 3, 2009, it was announced that he would be resigning his post and returning to private practice in February 2010. According to news accounts, Ogden stepped down in part because of disagreements with Attorney General Eric Holder over management issues.
Ogden is married to Anne Harkavy and has three children; two by his first marriage. Harkavy was formerly Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Energy.
| U.S. Deputy Attorney General
Served under: Barack Obama
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