Jeffrey A. Rosen

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Jeffrey A. Rosen was sworn in as the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation on December 15, 2003.


According to his DOT biography, Jeffrey A. Rosen "has final authority within the DOT to resolve all legal questions arising within or referred to the Department. The General Counsel oversees the activities of more than 400 lawyers in the Department and its operating administrations. He also has responsibility for DOT’s regulatory program, DOT’s enforcement and litigation activities, legal issues relating to international activities involving transportation, coordination and clearance of legislative matters, and he acts as counsel to the Secretary.

"Before coming to the Department of Transportation, Mr. Rosen was a senior partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, L. L. P., where he also served on the firm’s management committee. He is a member of the D.C. Bar, as well as the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia, Federal, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Michigan, and Northern District of Illinois.

"During his more than 21 years at Kirkland & Ellis, his practice principally involved complex business litigation matters involving contracts, antitrust, RICO, business torts, government enforcement actions and product liability, including consumer and mass tort class actions. In addition, he was previously involved in litigation before federal and state courts in the District of Columbia and more than 20 states, including jury trials, bench evidentiary hearings, arbitrations and appellate arguments. Until joining DOT, he also was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

"Mr. Rosen graduated from Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. with Highest Distinction in economics in 1979. He then enrolled in Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude in 1982. Since then, he has been a long-time resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia."