Michael Horowitz, a partner in the business fraud and complex litigation group and a member of the management committee at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has been nomininated by President Barack Obama as inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Prior to Cadwalader, Horowitz held senior positions in the DOJ's Criminal Division during the Clinton and Bush administrations, first as deputy assistant attorney general and then as chief of staff to the head of the criminal division.
Horowitz is also a former presidential appointee to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, serving as a Commissioner from 2003 through 2009. In that position, he played an instrumental role in rewriting the guidelines for corporate compliance programs. He also helped rewrite the guidelines for fraud, antitrust, intellectual property, and money laundering offenses.
From 1991 through 1999, Horowitz was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York where he was deputy chief of the criminal division and chief of the public corruption unit.