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Alan Raul

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2022

Alan Raul
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ALAN RAUL is the founder and leader of Sidley’s highly ranked Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on U.S. and international privacy, cybersecurity, and technology issues. Alan advises on global regulatory compliance, data breaches, and crisis management. Alan also focuses on issues concerning national security, constitutional, and administrative law. He handles enforcement and public policy issues involving the FTC, State Attorneys General, SEC, DOJ, FBI, DHS/CISA, the intelligence community, as well as other federal, state, and international agencies.

Alan previously served in government as Vice Chairman of the White House (and then independent) Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Associate Counsel to the President. He maintains a national security clearance.

Alan is ranked in Chambers’ first tier of privacy and cybersecurity practitioners and has been named a BTI Super All-Star for client service in the privacy and cybersecurity field.

Alan serves as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches a course on “Digital Governance: Privacy and Technology Trade-offs.” He is a member of the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, the governing Board of Directors of the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Alan has represented leading technology and internet companies whose devices, software, or users have been exploited by state-sponsored threat actors. Such events typically involve extensive coordination with U.S. and international law enforcement, cybersecurity and regulatory agencies, and intelligence services. Cyber crises often involve managing various legal, regulatory, B2B, and consumer risks as well as offering advice regarding a broad range of corporate communications and public messaging. Alan represented Yahoo!’s Board of Directors, Special Cybersecurity Committee, in connection with its independent investigation of the company’s handling of the two largest data breaches ever reported. Alan represented AT&T in In the Matter of a Warrant to Search Certain E-mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corporation. And, invoking “the interest of justice,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson appointed Alan as pro bono counsel to represent the privacy rights of federal jurors in connection with a high profile criminal litigation, In re: Juror Questionnaires in United States v. Stone.

In addition to leading Sidley’s highly ranked “Privacy and Data Security” practice, as rated by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, Alan is ranked by Chambers in its first tier of Privacy and Data Security practitioners. Chambers USA has described Alan as a “true ‘ambassador’ for the privacy sector” who “attracts praise for his deep knowledge of the field. Interviewees stress that ‘he gives invaluable advice’ and is known to be a strong litigator. He also earns plaudits for his regulatory compliance and data protection policy expertise.” He has been named as a leading international Internet and E-Commerce Lawyer in Who’s Who Legal. Alan was also named to Ethisphere Institute’s “Attorneys Who Matter” in Data Privacy/Security, which recognizes lawyers with the highest commitment to public service, legal community engagement and academic involvement. The Washingtonian has named Alan one of Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers: Cybersecurity, and the National Law Journal named him a “Cyber Security Trailblazer.”

Alan is the author of numerous books and articles on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity, and has published frequent pieces in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA TODAY, The Hill, and other general interest publications regarding constitutional, legal, political, and public policy subjects.

Alan received his JD from Yale Law School, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and AB from Harvard College. He clerked for the Honorable Malcolm R. Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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