Howard Schweitzer, who until this past August served as the chief operating officer for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, has joined Cozen O'Connor's 13-lawyer office in Washington.
Schweitzer was tapped to serve as the TARP COO in October 2008 and served in that role for about a year. As COO, Schweitzer was responsible for heading up program execution and working to establish the TARP infrastructure.
Before joining the Treasury Department, Schweitzer spent 12 years at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which finances more than $16 billion of U.S. exports annually and has a portfolio of nearly $60 billion. At Ex-Im Bank, Schweitzer held a number of top positions, including senior counselor, chief ethics officer, and finally senior vice president and general counsel
He said he opted to join Cozen because he wanted to help grow the firm’s Washington office. “It was an opportunity to be at the ground floor of what the firm is trying to do,” he said. His practice will advise U.S. and international clients on issues involving the U.S. government.
“There is no question that the government has gotten more complicated, especially in the past 18 months,” Schweitzer said. “Right now, Congress is working on financial regulatory legislation, and federal agencies are going to have to institute a number of new rules in order to fully implement whatever Congress passes. I’ll be working with clients on issues arising out of that and other intersections of government and business.”
Tad Decker, president and chief executive officer of Cozen O’Connor, called the addition of Schweitzer a “coup.” “We’ve been planning for years to build up offices in Philadelphia and New York, and the third leg of that is Washington. The addition of Howard is an example of what we’re trying to do in Washington, which is to add top talent to an expanding office,” Decker said.