David W. Ogden

Senior Fellow

David W. Ogden is a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and co-chair of the firm’s Government and Regulatory Litigation Group. He served as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2010. He has rejoined the firm, where he was a partner from 2001-2009.

A nationally recognized litigator and counselor with almost thirty years’ experience, Ogden focuses on disputes with complex legal and policy dimensions and serious financial implications. His clients have included leading companies in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, insurance, financial, airline, defense, automotive, media, entertainment, and internet industries, as well as major trade and professional associations, nonprofit foundations, and individuals.

Ogden was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and he did so from 2009 to 2010. In that position, he was the second ranking official of the U.S. Department of Justice and its chief operating officer, supervising the Justice Department’s 110,000 employees, almost $30 billion budget, and all of its components and operations. Earlier, Ogden served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division (1999-2001), where he directed the Justice Department’s largest litigating unit representing federal agencies and officials in major civil litigation, including the government’s largest regulatory, constitutional, international, national security, administrative, government contract, commercial, tort, fraud and false claims, immigration, and consumer matters. He also served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to former Attorney General Janet Reno (1997-1999), Associate Deputy Attorney General (1995-1997), and Deputy General Counsel and Legal Counsel at the United States Department of Defense (1994-1995).