Todd F. Gaziano
Executive Director, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law
PLF 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.
Areas of Expertise
Mr. Gaziano specializes in a variety of constitutional issues, Supreme Court and appellate advocacy, and judicial and legal reform. He has a special interest in the properly limited government, including issues related to federalism and the separation of powers, individual rights, including ensuring equality under the law for all citizens, and economic liberty. He serves on two of the Federalist Society’s Practice Group Executive Committees (Civil Rights; Federalism and Separation of Powers).
Education, Honors, and Bar Memberships
Mr. Gaziano is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was selected as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He clerked for the Hon. Edith H. Jones, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is on the advisory board of several legal organizations, including the Fund for American Studies Legal Studies Institute and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.
He is a member of the bar of the State of Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States, and other federal courts.