David Ogden, chief of staff to former Attorney General Janet Reno, is likely to be named Deputy U.S. Attorney General, reports Legal Times. Ogden, now with the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, is heading Barack Obama’s Justice Department transition team, is the likely pick for deputy attorney general. Elena Kagan, dean of Harvard Law School, has also been named as a possibility, though position may be an odd fit. She may be more likely a Supreme Court pick.
Ogden, who left the Justice Department in 2001 as the head of the Civil Division, is co-chairman of Wilmer’s government and regulatory litigation practice group, but his practice involves policy and strategy, national security, government contracts, and international litigation and arbitration. Ogden’s co-chairman at Wilmer, Randolph Moss, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, says Ogden proved his managerial facility as head of the Civil Division, supervising about 900 lawyers. The deputy attorney general oversees the day-to-day operation of the department.