Frederick Pfaeffle Arana joined the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as Principal Deputy General Counsel in June, 2012. Prior to his current position, he held the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at USDA.
Pfaeffle's current responsibilities include assisting the General Counsel to oversee the work of professionals who provide legal advice and support to all components of the Department. He has direct supervisory responsibility for two Divisions and two Regions as well as over the Administrative staff of OGC.
Prior to joining USDA, Pfaeffle was employed as Principal Deputy County Counsel at the Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel. He began his legal career at a major California law firm working on Real Estate, land use, and environmental law matters. He is a member of the California Bar.
Pfaeffle was born in Mexico City from Nicaraguan descent and resided in Latin America until moving to Miami, Florida, to attend High School, where he became naturalized as a U.S. Citizen. He attended the University of Florida and Florida International University. He then practiced as a CPA with an international accounting firm until entering Law School at the University of Southern California.