Peter Kadzik joined the Office of Legislative Affairs earlier this month, stepping in to fill a leadership vacancy created when interim chief Judy Appelbaum departed.
Kadzik replaced Appelbaum as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General — a post she held until last April when she stepped in as acting Assistant Attorney General after Ronald Weich left the department to become dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law. The president must nominate — and the Senate must confirm — a new Assistant Attorney General for OLA.
Appelbaum herself stepped down at the beginning of the month to join the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Meanwhile, Kadzik has had a busy first month on the job, taking the lead on the high-profile confirmation of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, nominated to lead the Department of Labor.
Perez’s confirmation hit a snag last week, when the Senate committee postponed a vote on his nomination for two weeks following complaints from Republican lawmakers who have asked the Labor nominee to provide answers to more questions about his involvement in a disputed deal with the city of St. Paul, Minn.
Kadzik left private practice at Dickstein Shapiro LLP where he specialized in antitrust and commercial litigation, congressional investigations, representation of clients on matters with respect to state attorneys general and representation of various nonprofit organizations.
Previously, Kadzik represented the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, in various investigations.
He earned his B.A. from the University of Buffalo and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, Kadzik clerked for Judge Thomas A. Flannery on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.