Michael R. Bromwich

Michael Bromwich


Michael R. Bromwich is the Founder and Managing Principal of The Bromwich Group, which was launched in 2012. The firm offers independent monitoring, crisis management, strategic advisory, and public affairs services, as well as more specialized services relating to offshore energy and law enforcement.

Over the course of a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Mr. Bromwich has tackled a variety of challenging assignments. He has been a federal prosecutor, a special prosecutor, an inspector general, the country’s top offshore drilling regulator, the compliance monitor of major public companies and public agencies, and a lawyer who has practiced with some of the most widely-respected law firms in the country. 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 diagnosing problems and recommending sound solutions. He currently serves as the independent monitor of two of the ten largest companies in the United States.

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 a series of far-reaching regulatory and organizational reforms that revamped the nation’s regulation of offshore energy exploration, development, and production. Mr. Bromwich led the reorganization of a 1,700-person agency, strengthened agency ethics requirements, created an internal investigations and oversight capability, and recruited and selected top executives for the agencies created by the reorganization. Throughout his tenure, 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 approximately 20 major speeches before industry trade associations, at major universities, and before various other groups. Mr. Bromwich was the subject of profiles in the National Law JournalThe Hill, and the Houston Chronicle.

From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Bromwich was a litigation partner in the Washington, DC and New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he headed the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring practice group. Mr. Bromwich’s practice centered on conducting internal investigations for private companies and other organizations, providing monitoring and oversight services, and representing institutions and individuals in white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. He also provided crisis management assistance and counseling.

While at Fried Frank, Mr. Bromwich conducted major internal investigations for companies, both publicly traded and privately held, in the energy, pharmaceuticals, public accounting, and private security industries, among others; made recommendations for their improvement; and represented companies and individuals in state and federal criminal investigations.

In 2002, Mr. Bromwich was selected by the Department of Justice and the District of Columbia to serve as the Independent Monitor for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), focusing on use of force, civil rights integrity, internal misconduct, and training issues. He served in that position until 2008, when MPD was determined to have achieved substantial compliance. In early 2015, Mr. Bromwich was hired by the DC Government to determine whether MPD remains in compliance seven years after the monitoring of MPD concluded.

In 2005, Mr. Bromwich was selected by the City of Houston to undertake a comprehensive investigation of the Houston Police Department Crime Lab; the investigation was widely praised for identifying serious problems in some of the Crime Lab’s operations and providing recommendations for the Lab’s improvement. In 2013, The Bromwich Group was hired to perform a follow-up review to determine whether those recommendations had been appropriately implemented.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Bromwich served as Inspector General for the Department of Justice. 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.

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 espionage of Aldrich Ames; the handling of classified information by the FBI and the Department of Justice in the campaign finance investigation relating to the 1996 Presidential election; the alleged deception of a Congressional delegation by high-ranking officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; and 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. Over his five years as Inspector General, Mr. Bromwich took a new and virtually anonymous agency within the Department of Justice and shaped it into an internal investigations powerhouse, which it remains today.

Before his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Bromwich served as a federal prosecutor in the 1980s. From 1987 to 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 one of 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 and argued many appellate matters before the Second Circuit. Mr. Bromwich served as Deputy Chief and Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Unit.

From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Bromwich was a partner in the Washington, DC office of Mayer, Brown & Platt, where he specialized in white-collar criminal defense. Mr. Bromwich represented individual and corporate clients in state and federal administrative and judicial proceedings, conducted and supervised complex investigations on behalf of individual and corporate clients and tried two cases to verdict. Earlier, from 1980 to 1983, he was an associate in the Washington, DC office of Foley & Lardner.

The Bromwich Group is not a law firm and does not provide legal services.  Mr. Bromwich is Senior Counsel with the law firm Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber through which he practices law and provides legal representation to companies and individuals.

Mr. Bromwich also serves as a non-resident Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  His pro bono work includes assisting The Innocence Project on various projects, serving as a member of its Lawyers’ Committee, and working with The Constitution Project on DNA collection issues.

Mr. Bromwich has published articles in law reviews and other publications on conducting and managing complex investigations. He has made numerous appearances and given presentations in the U.S. and abroad on energy and regulatory issues, law enforcement, criminal law, and the importance of oversight. He has participated in nationally televised symposia on the Independent Counsel Act, and expert panels on the operation of the jury system in high-profile cases and the changing role of federal prosecutors. He has also been the subject of profiles published by The American Lawyer and Associated Press. He has made appearances on a wide variety of nationally televised news and public affairs programs.

He has published articles on energy-related issues in NewsweekCNN InternationalHouston Chronicle, and New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has published articles on law enforcement, criminal justice and oversight issues in the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesBoston Globe, and Legal Times.

Mr. Bromwich received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1980 and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government the same year. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1976. Mr. Bromwich is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and New York Bar.