WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey A. Rosen to become deputy secretary in the Department of Transportation.
Rosen, currently a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, and served as general counsel at DOT from 2003-2006.
As the department's chief legal officer, Rosen had final authority within DOT to resolve all legal questions arising from within or referred to the department. As general counsel, he oversaw the activities of more than 400 lawyers in the Transportation Department and its operating administrations.
He also had responsibility for DOT's regulatory program, enforcement and litigation activities, legal issues relating to international activities involving transportation, legislative proposals, and he acted as counsel to then-Secretary Norman Mineta.
Rosen testified on behalf of the Bush administration before various committees of Congress on 10 occasions.
From 2006-2009, Rosen was appointed as general counsel and senior policy advisor for the Office of Management and Budget where he was the lead attorney for regulatory and fiscal issues as well as executive orders.
His legal responsibilities included giving analysis and advice to the OMB director and the president with regard to federal laws related to a wide array of government agencies and programs, as well as administrative law, Constitutional law, ethics laws, federal credit and insurance laws, litigation against the United States, and federal budget and appropriations laws. He also handled responses to Congressional oversight and investigations.
At Kirkland & Ellis, Rosen’s practice has principally involved complex business litigation and regulatory matters involving contracts, antitrust, securities, RICO, business torts, enforcement actions and product liability, including class actions. He has been engaged in litigation before federal and state courts in more than 20 states, including jury trials, bench evidentiary hearings, arbitrations and appellate arguments.
He served on DOT's Credit Council, which was responsible for four federal loan programs. In addition, he served as the government's representative on the Amtrak Board of Directors, which was responsible for overseeing the company's management, personnel, operations, and finances.
His appointment requires Senate confirmation.