Javier Guzman is Democracy Forward’s Legal Director, overseeing and supervising the organization’s litigation and legal initiatives.

Previously, Javier served in the Department of Justice in a variety of positions, including as Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2014 to 2017, during which he oversaw and advised on the Department’s most significant civil rights and environmental cases. He also served as a trial attorney and deputy chief in the Civil Rights Division, where he litigated cases challenging the denial of equal educational opportunities, including the Department’s first student peer racial harassment case and the trial of a Title IX class action on behalf of female high school student-athletes. And as an Assistant United States Attorney, he litigated cases and appeals in a wide range of substantive areas including federal program litigation, civil rights, information transparency, and immigration law, as well as securing million-dollar recoveries in civil fines and penalties.

Prior to his DOJ tenure, he was a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring LLP, focusing on complex civil litigation.

Javier is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and admitted before several federal district courts and circuit courts of appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has taught a government and public interest lawyering course at American University’s Washington College of Law. He grew up in New Orleans and received his law degree from Tulane Law School and undergraduate degree from LSU.