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Alan Raul

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2022

Alan Raul
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Alan Charles Raul

Alan Raul is the founder of Sidley Austin LLP’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on U.S. and international privacy, cybersecurity, and technology issues, and related government investigations. He also serves as Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches “Digital Governance: Privacy and Technology Trade-offs,” and as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School where he teaches “Cybersecurity Risks, Rules and Responsibilities.”

Alan advises corporate leadership and boards of directors on global regulatory compliance, cybersecurity incidents and data breaches, and crisis management. He also focuses on issues concerning national security, constitutional, and administrative law. He represented the internet technology company that collaborated successfully with U.S. and UK governments to defend against and take down the Russian GRU’s malicious “Cyclops Blink” malware before the Ukraine invasion. Alan advises companies and financial sponsors regarding transactions involving digital and communication technologies and data-centric business models, and related due diligence.

Alan represented the Special Cybersecurity Committee of Yahoo!’s Board of Directors in connection with its independent investigation of the company’s handling of the two largest data breaches ever reported. Alan represented AT&T in support of Microsoft in In the Matter of a Warrant to Search Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corporation (contesting extraterritorial access to electronic communications stored in Ireland). And, invoking “the interest of justice,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson appointed Alan to serve as pro bono counsel to represent the privacy interests of jurors in connection with a high profile criminal litigation, In re: Juror Questionnaires in United States v. Stone; the jurors feared the disclosure of their confidential questionnaires would lead to cyber harassment and worse.

Alan previously served as Vice Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, as Associate Counsel to the President, and as General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Alan holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Kennedy School, and Yale Law School. Alan is a member of the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of the Future of Privacy Forum. Alan is a founding member of Checks & Balances, an organization of conservative lawyers dedicated to defending the rule of law regardless of person or party in power.  Alan also co-founded “Lawyers Have Heart,” a road race and walk that supports the American Heart Association.

Alan’s full bio and list of cases and publications is available at:


  • J.D. Yale University, 1980
  • M.P.A. Harvard Kennedy School, 1977
  • A.B. Harvard University, 1975