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Michael R. Bromwich is a litigation partner in Goodwin Procter’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices, and is a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group. He specializes in internal investigations, compliance and monitoring, and has led major internal investigations for companies, audit committees, special committees and special litigation committees. Mr. Bromwich also represents institutional and individual clients in white collar and regulatory investigations, and provides compliance and monitoring services to companies, as well as to state and local governments.

Over the course of a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Mr. Bromwich has tackled a diverse array of the most challenging assignments in both the private and public sectors. He has been a lawyer in private practice, a federal prosecutor, a special prosecutor, an inspector general, and from June 2010 through the end of 2011, the country’s top offshore drilling regulator following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 issues and problems of the greatest private and public significance. He has successfully rebuilt, reformed and managed two major public agencies and assisted the management of numerous companies and government agencies by conducting effective and efficient investigations, diagnosing problems and recommending sound solutions.[[Read More Delimiter]]

In addition to his work at Goodwin Procter, Mr. Bromwich is the Managing Principal of The Bromwich Group, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in crisis management, strategic advising, offshore energy and law enforcement. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Mr. Bromwich conducts internal investigations for publicly traded corporations, private companies, and federal, state and local government agencies, and provides monitoring services for private companies and public sector organizations. He also represents institutions and individuals in white-collar criminal and related regulatory investigations. A selection of his representations includes:

Internal Investigations

  • A Special Committee in determining the causes of a major pipeline rupture that caused multiple deaths
  • An Audit Committee of a financial institution in an investigation of the alleged improper use of certain financial instruments
  • A Special Litigation Committee in an investigation of alleged unlawful payments to groups in South America
  • An energy company in connection with investigating the unauthorized trading activities of a company employee
  • A major financial institution in a series of internal investigations into allegations of misconduct by individuals, including high-level executives, and programmatic failures
  • The City of Houston in conducting a comprehensive investigation into the operations of the Houston Police Department Crime Lab
  • The State of Delaware in a Department of Justice investigation into the adequacy of medical and mental health care provided to inmates in state institutions

Monitoring Services

  • Selected by the Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division), Washington DC and the Metropolitan (DC) Police Department to serve as the Independent Monitor of DC’s Metropolitan Police Department in connection with a comprehensive agreement addressing issues including use of force, training, internal investigations and office discipline ()
  • Selected by the Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division), Government of the US Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) to serve as the Independent Monitor of VIPD’s compliance with the requirements of a Consent Decree
  • Selected by one of the largest companies in the world to monitor its ethics program pursuant to a settlement between the company and the U.S. government.

White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Investigations for Public and Private Companies

  • A major accounting firm in a criminal investigation into allegations of accounting fraud
  • An energy company in an investigation into potential environmental crimes committed in connection with an accident
  • A Hawaiian bank in a highly publicized federal fraud investigation
  • A hedge fund in connection with late trading and market timing investigations conducted by the New York Attorney General and the SEC
  • A major financial institution in a bribery and gratuity investigation

Mr. Bromwich was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of D.C.’s top criminal defense lawyers in 2007 and 2009, as a D.C. Super Lawyer in 2007-2010 and as a New York Super Lawyer in 2006-2010.

While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Bromwich was awarded the Director’s Award for Superior Performance. In 1999, he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice.

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.

Following the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010, Mr. Bromwich served as the chief public spokesman for the Obama Administration’s reform of offshore drilling. He testified before Congress on 15 occasions, and gave more than 20 major speeches before industry trade associations, at major universities and before various other groups . He worked with representatives of industry, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to address the full range of safety and environmental issues associated with offshore energy exploration and development. Mr. Bromwich has been the subject of profiles in The National Law Journal, The Hill and the Houston Chronicle.

He is frequently quoted on energy-related issues in print and online newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Politico and many other publications. He has published articles on energy-related issues in Newsweek, CNN International, Politico, the Houston Chronicle, National Journal and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has published articles on law enforcement, criminal justice and oversight issues in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and Legal Times.

Offshore Drilling
October 2, 2012
Washington, DC

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September 13, 2012
Port of Spain,, Trinidad & Tobago