Ambassador (ret.) Norman Eisen is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a CNN legal analyst. He served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee for the Trump impeachment from February 2019 to February 2020. From January 2009 to January 2011, he served in the White House as special counsel and special assistant to the president for ethics and government reform for President Barack Obama. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014.
Eisen is the co-author of Overcoming Trumpery: How to Restore Ethics, the Rule of Law, and Democracy (Brookings Institution Press 2020). At Brookings, he has co-authored the report “New York State’s Trump Investigation” analyzing the Manhattan DA’s investigation. His recent writings on the prosecution of Trump have appeared in The New York Times, CNN Opinion, and Just Security.
Before government service, Eisen was a partner in the D.C. law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where he specialized in litigation and investigations. His cases included Enron, the ADM antitrust case, the subprime financial collapse, the Monica Lewinsky matter, and the 2000 and 2004 presidential recounts. He was named one of DC’s top lawyers by Washingtonian. He currently provides pro bono legal representation through his law firm, Eisen PLLC.
Eisen received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1985, both with honors. He has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, and Tablet. He was named to the Politico 50list of thinkers shaping American politics, and to the Forward 50 list of American Jews.