Todd F. Gaziano

Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law and Executive Director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s DC Center

Todd Gaziano joined Pacific Legal Foundation in 2014 as the Executive Director of PLF’s DC Center and as its Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law. He brings valuable experience from distinguished government jobs in all three branches of the federal government, positions in the private sector, and as a long-time, nonprofit foundation scholar and leader in the freedom-based public interest legal movement.

Immediately prior to joining PLF, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of an innovative healthcare delivery company and a healthcare IT company. Previously, he served in the U.S. DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he provided advice to the White House and four Attorneys General on constitutional matters, was a chief subcommittee counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the founding director of Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. From early 2008 to December 2013, while he was a think-tank scholar and corporate attorney, he also served as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he reported on civil rights developments and conducted oversight hearings on and investigations of civil rights agencies. He was also a civil trial attorney early in his legal career.

Mr. Gaziano has been a frequent legal commentator in print, radio, broadcast and cable TV programs, before congressional committees, and in many other public settings. During his nearly 17 years at Heritage, Gaziano published scholarly papers, articles and op-eds on constitutional and legal reform topics. Gaziano also worked to foster freedom-based public interest law organizations, increase collaboration between them, and improve their effectiveness. Among other contributions, he helped almost 100 advocates appearing before the Supreme Court prepare for their oral arguments.

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Publications and Multimedia
What Can Congress Do to Reassert Its Power Over Agencies?
Short video featuring Todd Gaziano
July 07, 2017
What is Congress Doing to Reassert its Power Over Agencies? - Event Audio/Video
Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 07, 2017
The Congressional Review Act’s “Rediscovery” and Hidden Uses - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
February 27, 2017
Congressional Oversight - Audio/Video
Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 24, 2015
Federal Initiatives on K-12 School Bullying Prevention - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
2010 Health Care Reform Legislation - Event Audio/Video
Nashville Lawyers Chapter
January 27, 2010
Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs – Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-5-09 featuring Todd F. Gaziano
October 05, 2009
Civil Rights in the Age of Obama - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and The Heritage Foundation
May 13, 2009
The Development of Originalism - Event Audio
The Legacy of the Department of Justice Under Attorney General Edwin Meese, III
January 27, 2007