President Barack Obama is sending another Washington lawyer abroad to serve as a U.S. diplomat, choosing McGuireWoods partner Mark Brzezinski to be ambassador to Sweden.
Brzezinski specializes in international law and regulatory compliance, according to his firm profile. He served on the National Security Council from 1999 to 2001, and he was an adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008. He also comes from a prominent family: his father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, and his sister, Mika Brzezinski, is a host on MSNBC.
The White House announced the selection in a news release late Tuesday. Brzezinski did not immediately return a call requesting comment today. The position requires Senate confirmation.
Other prominent lawyers Obama has chosen for ambassadorships include former Zuckerman Spaeder partner Norman Eisen for the Czech Republic, Williams & Connolly’s Laurie Fulton for Denmark and Mayer Brown’s Mark Gitenstein for Romania. Unlike some of the lawyers appointed ambassadors, Brzezinski does not appear on the list of “bundlers” for Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Brzezinski was an associate at what was then Hogan & Hartson from 1996 to 1999.