Norman L. Eisen was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Czech Republic on January 14, 2011 and presented his credentials to the Czech President Vaclav Klaus on January 28, 2011.
From January 2009 to January 2011, he served in the White House as Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. In that capacity, he helped lead the Obama Administration’s historic initiatives on government ethics, lobbying regulation and open government. His portfolio also included financial regulatory reform, campaign finance law, whistleblower protection and other reform issues. Prior to that, he was the Deputy General Counsel to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition.
Before entering the Administration, Ambassador Eisen was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Zuckerman Spaeder. He spent almost two decades at the firm, where he launched and co-chaired the firm’s Public Client Practice, representing government entities on an array of matters, as well as handling white-collar investigations and complex commercial matters.
Ambassador Eisen is the co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group. Between college and law school, the Ambassador served for three years as an Assistant Director of the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League, a national civil rights organization.
Ambassador Eisen received his J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Brown University in 1985, both with honors.