Adrian Zuckerman (attorney)

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Adrian Zuckerman
US Ambassador to Romania
In office
December 17, 2019 – January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byHans G. Klemm
Succeeded byDavid Muniz
Personal details
Born (1956-09-22) September 22, 1956 (age 67)
Bucharest, Romania

Adrian Zuckerman (born September 22, 1956) is a Romanian-born American lawyer and former diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Romania from 2019 to 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

Zuckerman was born in Bucharest, in the Romanian People's Republic, and is still fluent in Romanian.[1] His parents were Romanian Jews who worked as medical researchers.[2] The family emigrated from Romania when he was nine years old,[1][3] spending nine months in Rome, Italy before arriving in New Haven, Connecticut in May 1966, when his father started work at the Yale School of Medicine.[2]

Zuckerman graduated from Hamden Hall Country Day School in 1975.[4] He earned a B.S in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a B.S in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his J.D. from New York Law School in June 1983.[5][6] While at MIT, Zuckerman became a brother of the Lambda Phi Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.[7]


Zuckerman was a real estate lawyer and partner with the New York City law firm Seyfarth Shaw.[8]

Before his tenure at Seyfarth Shaw, Zuckerman was co-head of national real estate and corporate services at Epstein Becker & Green.[1]

Between 2003 and 2007, Zuckerman was Partner, Head of Real Estate, Managing Partner of New York Office and Member of Management Committee at Lowenstein Sandler.[9] Prior to this (1994-2003), he was Partner, Head of Real Estate and Member of Management Committee at Davidoff & Malito, LLP in New York City.[9]  He served as counsel at a major national real estate firm in New York City (1987 to 1994) and prior to that as a law firm associate (1984 to 1987).[9] 

He also has acted as the chair of a New York City civil court judicial screening panel and as an arbitrator for the Real Estate Board of New York.[9] 

Active in philanthropic and educational initiatives, Mr. Zuckerman is a member of the board of Kids Corp., a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged children in Newark, New Jersey, and serves on the alumni board of New York Law School.[9] 

United States Ambassador to Romania[edit]

On July 24, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Zuckerman to be the next United States Ambassador to Romania.[10] On November 19, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 65–30 in the Senate.[11] On December 17, 2019, he presented his credentials to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.[12] He resigned on January 20, 2021.

Ambassador Zuckerman focused on a number of issues during this mandate, including fighting corruption, combating human trafficking, strengthening the rule of law and increasing reforms of state-owned businesses.[13][14][15][16]

During Zuckerman's tenure in Romania, the two countries signed a 10-year “Roadmap for Defense Cooperation.[17]

Another major project during Ambassador Zuckerman's term was the signing of an agreement to finance and refurbish one nuclear reactor and build two more nuclear reactors at Cernavoda. This $8 billion project, which is financed with up to $7 billion by the United States Export Import Bank, is the largest project ever between the two countries.[18][19]


  • Romania Romania: Ambassador Zuckerman is a recipient of the Grand Cross rank of the Order of the Star of Romania.[20] This Order is Romania's highest civil Order and was presented to Zuckerman by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis in January 2021, as a sign of the “high appreciation for the entire activity carried out during his term in Romania, as well as for his substantial involvement in the development and deepening of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States of America”.[20]

Zuckerman, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani[edit]

During his confirmation hearings in June 2019, Zuckerman testified “If confirmed, I would offer continued support for Romania’s noteworthy anti-corruption efforts. Fighting corruption and supporting judicial independence are vital to the region’s long-term prosperity and security, as well as to the extraordinary law enforcement and security cooperation that exists between the United States and Romania”.[21]

In 2007, when Rudy Giuliani was seeking the Republican nomination for president, Zuckerman donated $2000 to his campaign.[1] In August 2018 Rudy Giuliani “appeared to contradict the U.S. State Department’s existing policy position” by writing a letter, at the request of former FBI director Louis Freeh, to Romania's president “claiming Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate had crossed the line of acceptable behavior.” Giuliani “requested amnesty be granted to various people prosecuted in Romania, shortly after the State Department urged Romania to continue its ‘considerable progress in combating corruption and building effective rule of law.’”[8] This line has been contradicted in all the speeches and public appearances of Ambassador Zuckerman, further showing that the Giuliani signed letter was a private endeavor of Mr Giuliani, not supported by the State Department or by Mr. Zuckerman.

For example, in a speech in October 2020, Ambassador Zuckerman said the following about the Rule of Law, anti-corruption and building a better Romania: "The rule of law is paramount to freedom and democracy. We cannot backslide on the advances made in Romania to restore respect for the rule of law in the last year. The corruption found in the prior government, which resulted in the relaxation of anti-crime laws just to help former PSD leader Dragnea avoid jail will not be countenanced. Those who participated and assisted in depriving the Romanian people of the rule of law and engaged in corrupt conduct will not have our support".[22]

Adrian Zuckerman is also a member of one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d "US Senate confirms Adrian Zuckerman as ambassador to Bucharest". Romanian Insider. November 21, 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Radu, Ștefana (20 June 2019). "Bucureşti-New Jersey şi înapoi: istoria exodului familiei ambasadorului propus al SUA în România, Adrian Zuckerman". Adevărul (in Romanian).
  3. ^ Hopulele, Cătălin (25 January 2020). "Ambasadorul SUA: Nu ar fi nimic mai bun pentru SUA decât să poată elimina vizele". (in Romanian).
  4. ^ "Adrian Zuckerman 1975 Nominated to be Ambassador to Romania". Hamden Hall Country Day School. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman". U.S. Embassy in Romania. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  6. ^ Ninety-First Commencement Exercises. New York Law School. 12 June 1983. p. 14. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  7. ^ Notable Alumni of The Alpha Delta Phi
  8. ^ a b Lovelace, Ryan (November 20, 2019). "Adrian Zuckerman confirmed by Senate for ambassador to Romania". The Washington Times. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Zuckerman, Adrian - Romania - August 2018". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  10. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. Archived from the original on January 18, 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  11. ^ "PN148 - Nomination of Adrian Zuckerman for Department of State, 116th Congress (2019-2020)". 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  12. ^ "Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman Presents Credentials to President Klaus Iohannis". U.S. Embassy in Romania. December 17, 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman's Message for the Romanian National Day". U.S. Embassy in Romania. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  14. ^ "US Ambassador reiterates call for the adoption of a "tough" legislation on human trafficking, says PSD leader's stand was disappointing". Nine O' Clock. 2020-08-14. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  15. ^ AGERPRES. "Zuckerman: US remains committed to improving the rule of law in Romania". (in Romanian). Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  16. ^ "Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman at the National Council of Private SMEs Awards Ceremony". U.S. Embassy in Romania. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  17. ^ "U.S., Romania Chart 10-Year Road Map for Military Cooperation". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  18. ^ "Romania to conclude agreement with the U.S. on USD 8 bln investment project at Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant". The Romania Journal. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  19. ^ "U.S. AECOM to coordinate $8 bln Romanian nuclear reactors project". Reuters. 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  20. ^ a b "Decret de decorare semnat de Președintele României, domnul Klaus Iohannis". Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  21. ^ "United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations". Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  22. ^ "Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman at CERT-RO Virtual Conference". U.S. Embassy in Romania. 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  23. ^ Gramer, Robbie (October 30, 2019). "Plugging the Donor-to-Ambassador Pipeline". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by United States Ambassador to Romania
Succeeded by