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Tony Ogden

Tony Ogden

Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

Tony Ogden is Bates Group’s Chief Legal & Administrative Officer. In this role, he has executive oversight responsibility for Bates Group’s legal aspects including contracts, governance, compliance, and risk management as well as management of practice support, information systems, and administrative functions. A high-energy senior executive and strategic thought leader, Mr. Ogden comes to Bates with over 25 years of experience as a legal, compliance, and risk-management expert. Most recently, Mr. Ogden served as Deputy Inspector General for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System & Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Inspector General (“OIG”)  in Washington, DC, where he functioned as chief operating officer responsible for overall executive leadership and program responsibility for compliance and cybersecurity audits; criminal and civil investigations; information technology and operations; and quality assurance and internal reviews to identify, assess, mitigate and manage risk. He was responsible for operational improvements through the development and implementation of strategies, policies, procedures, and programs to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, as well as violations of law, rule, or regulation. He also regularly engaged with top agency and Federal Reserve Bank senior leadership, and various Administration and Congressional committee members and staff.

From 2011-2012, Mr. Ogden served as the General Counsel to the Inspector General at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and from 2006-2011, Mr. Ogden served as Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (“GPO”), an agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. As IG, Mr. Ogden provided executive oversight of the GPO OIG, reporting directly to the Agency Head and Congress, and responsible for financial, program, and compliance auditors, information technology and cybersecurity specialists, civil and criminal investigators, attorneys and administrative personnel. He regularly collaborated with Agency leadership, Federal IG community leadership and various U.S. House and Senate committee members and staff.

Before joining federal service, Mr. Ogden served as the Litigation and Compliance Counsel for the Tobacco Project at the National Association of Attorneys General, where he worked on economic issues arising from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, assisted states with enforcement matters, and coordinated state and federal enforcement legislation on issues related to the agreement. He is a former Colorado Assistant Attorney General, having worked on tobacco settlement enforcement for then Attorney General Ken Salazar. He has also worked as an attorney in private practice, focusing on civil litigation, administrative law, and workers' compensation matters. His public service includes appointments to the Denver Public Safety Review Commission and Denver Mayor/Council Youth and Violence Task Force. Mr. Ogden has also conducted training in legal ethics.

Mr. Ogden is an honors graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a JD from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and is also an alumnus of the Leadership for a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute.

Tony is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System & Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Office of the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General, Washington DC, 2012-2018.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Counsel to Inspector General, Washington DC, 2011-2012. 

U.S. Government Publishing Office, Inspector General, Washington DC, 2006-2011.

U.S. Government Publishing Office, Deputy Inspector General, Washington DC, 2005-2006.

U.S. Government Publishing Office, Assistant Inspector General for Administration, Washington DC, 2004.

National Assn. of Attorneys General, Litigation & Compliance Counsel, Tobacco Project, Washington DC 2002-2004.

Colorado Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General - Tobacco Settlement, Denver, CO, 2001-2002.

Overturf & McGath, P.C., Senior Litigation Attorney, Denver, CO, 1999-2001.

Mann, Ogden and Ward, P.C., Litigation Counsel, Denver, CO, 1997-1999

Ritsema and Lyon, P.C., Associate Attorney, Denver, CO, 1996-1997

Colorado Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, Denver, CO, 1994-1996


University of Denver – Denver, CO, Juris Doctor

University of Colorado – Boulder, CO, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. April 2009

Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the DC Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives. Sep. 2008


E-Passport security – Ensuring the Integrity and Protection of the Supply Chain.  ID World International Congress, Milan, Italy. Nov. 2010

Ethical Lawyering – Not an Oxymoron, Denver Bar Association. 1999

Practical Ethical Issues in Investigation, Annual Colorado Workers Compensation Update. 1998

Denver Public Safety Review Commissioner. 1992-1996


Bar Admissions:

State of Oregon: House counsel eligible; Reciprocity application in process

State of Colorado, Reg. 24020: May 1994

Court Admissions:

US Supreme Court: May 2006-Present

US District Court, Colorado: February 1995-Present


Federal Bar Association, Capitol Hill Chapter: 2007-2014

Security Clearances:

SSBI TS (2005-2018); SCI (2012-2018)


Leadership in Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, 2008

Co-Active Coach Training Program, Coaches Training Institute, 2015  

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