Alan Raul

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2021


Alan Raul is the founder and leader of Sidley’s highly ranked Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy, cybersecurity and digital technology issues. His practice includes global data protection compliance programs, data breaches and crisis management. Alan advises companies and boards regarding their cybersecurity preparedness, digital governance, transactional due diligence and emerging data technologies like AI and facial recognition. Alan is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches a course on “Digital Governance: Privacy and Technology Trade-offs.”

Alan’s practice involves litigation, regulatory defense, internal investigations, strategic counseling and policy advocacy. He handles consumer class actions, enforcement matters, and public policy involving the FTC, State Attorneys General, SEC, FCC, HHS, DOJ, international data protection authorities, and other government agencies. He also represents clients on cyber matters before the FBI, NSA and DHS/CISA.

Alan provides clients with perspective gained from extensive government service. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the White House 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. Alan maintains an active national security clearance.

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:

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