Government Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
    Articles Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • B.A., summa cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974
    Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Thomas A. Flannery, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Memberships

  • Advisory Board, News Literacy Project
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Peter J. Kadzik

Partner

Peter Kadzik is a partner in Venable's Government Division, focusing on the firm's Congressional Investigations Practice and working closely with the Investigations and White Collar Defense, Litigation, and Regulatory practices. He represents companies, institutions, executives, public officials, and other individuals in all aspects of congressional, federal, and state government investigations, as well as litigation. Peter uses his extensive experience in government and the private sector to advise clients on the interplay between government inquiries, private litigation, and communications challenges involving public policy, regulatory, and investigative matters that present his clients with substantial legal and business risks. He also provides strategic counsel to his clients to identify and minimize such risks.

Most recently, Peter was nominated by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2014 to 2017, after joining the Department in 2013. In this capacity, he led OLA's efforts to manage the Department's relationships and advance the Department's interests on Capitol Hill, working closely with the Department's leadership offices, law enforcement components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, litigating divisions, and grant-making components on a variety of legislative and oversight matters. Peter also participated in Executive Branch-wide groups on issues of importance to the administration, and was the Department's liaison to the White House and Capitol Hill on legislative matters.

During Peter's tenure, OLA prepared Department witnesses for testimony in congressional hearings and nominees for confirmation hearings. He successfully led efforts to confirm Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, FBI Director James Comey, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Director B. Todd Jones, among others. He also prepared the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, and numerous high-ranking Department witnesses for congressional hearings on oversight matters and proposed legislation, and Peter testified on behalf of the Department on numerous occasions. He also managed the Department’s efforts on numerous pieces of legislation, including FISA reauthorization (USA Freedom Act), criminal justice reform, enhanced measures to prevent human trafficking, ECPA reform, the Judicial Redress Act, and reauthorization of the 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund.

Prior to serving in the Department of Justice, Peter spent more than 30 years in private practice focusing on antitrust and commercial litigation, congressional and internal investigations, corporate compliance, representation of clients on matters involving state attorneys general, and representation of various nonprofit organizations and trade associations on a variety of legal and policy matters. While in private practice, he was lead counsel in major antitrust and commercial cases, and served as liaison counsel for joint defense groups on behalf of numerous Fortune 100 companies. He also formed and advised several labor-management committees to advance the mutual interests of both in industries such as pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, steel, and timber.

While in private practice, Peter represented a diverse range of clients in antitrust and commercial litigation, as well as congressional, federal, and state government investigations.

Significant Matters and Representative Clients

  • Major energy company in federal and state investigations, as well as class action litigation
  • Fortune 100 pharmaceutical manufacturer in price-fixing litigation, which was resolved in favor of defendants on summary judgement
  • Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission with respect to congressional inquiries at the conclusion of its investigation
  • Automotive replacement parts manufacturer in various investigations and class action litigation
  • Numerous federal government employees in congressional investigations, as well as with respect to grand jury investigations
  • Defense contractors, energy companies, and various trade associations on antitrust, False Claims Act, and other compliance matters

Activities

Peter has served on the Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Advisory Board of the Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Alumni Board of the Georgetown University Law Center, and the Board of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.