In June 2010, Mr. Bromwich was selected by President Obama to reform the regulation and oversight of offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill.
Over the course of 17 months, Mr. Bromwich implemented far-reaching regulatory and organizational reforms that revamped the nation’s regulation of offshore energy exploration, development and production. He served as the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management Regulation and Enforcement (June 2010-September 2011), an agency with more than 1,700 employees, and then as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (October-November 2011). After leading the agency through the crisis following the Gulf Oil Spill, he directed the reorganization of the agency, strengthened agency ethics requirements, created an internal investigations and oversight capability, and recruited and selected the key personnel for the new Department of the Interior agencies created by the reorganization.
From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Bromwich served as Inspector General for the Department of Justice. He headed an agency of approximately 450 employees, including criminal investigators, government auditors, and program analysts. As Inspector General, he headed the law enforcement agency principally responsible for conducting criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption and misconduct involving the 120,000 employees of the Department of Justice. He was also responsible for conducting independent audits of the Department's programs and operations. Over his five years as IG, Mr. Bromwich took a new and virtually anonymous agency within the Department of Justice and shaped it into an internal investigations powerhouse.
As Inspector General, Mr. Bromwich was best known for conducting special investigations into:
- Allegations of misconduct, defective procedures and incompetence in the FBI Laboratory
- The FBI’s conduct and activities regarding the Aldrich Ames matter
- The handling of classified information by the FBI and the Department of Justice in the campaign finance investigation
- The alleged deception of a Congressional delegation by high-ranking officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
- The Justice Department’s role in the CIA crack cocaine controversy
During his tenure as Inspector General, Mr. Bromwich testified before Congressional committees on about 20 occasions.
Before his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Bromwich served as a federal prosecutor in the 1980s. From 1987 through 1989, he served as Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra. In January-May 1989, he was one of three courtroom lawyers for the government in probably the most significant and highly publicized criminal case of the 1980s – United States v. Oliver L. North. Mr. Bromwich’s other responsibilities in that office included supervising a team of prosecutors and law enforcement agents that investigated allegations of criminal misconduct against government officials and private citizens in connection with provision of aid to the Contras in Nicaragua and serving as overall coordinator of the Iran-Contra grand jury.
From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Bromwich served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure, he tried a number of lengthy and complex cases, including a two month-long narcotics conspiracy case and a six-week long organized crime and narcotics case. Mr. Bromwich also argued many appeals before the Second Circuit. Mr. Bromwich served as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Unit.
Prior to his joining Goodwin Procter in May 2012, Mr. Bromwich practiced with three other law firms. From 1999-2010, Mr. Bromwich was a partner in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he was Chair of the Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring Practice Group. Previously, from 1989-1993, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer, Brown & Platt, where he specialized in white-collar criminal defense. Earlier, from 1980 to 1983, he was an associate in the Washington, DC office of Foley & Lardner.
Mr. Bromwich is a member of the American Bar Association and a member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He serves as a non-resident senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, one of the pre-eminent think tanks in Washington.