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Richard Salgado

Lecturer on Law

Fall 2024

Richard Salgado
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Richard Salgado teaches at Stanford Law School. He serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Tech Law and Security Program at American University Washington College of Law, a Senior Associate (Non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Visiting Fellow on Security and Surveillance with the Cross-Border Data Forum, and a Non-Resident Fellow with the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. Richard also has his own consultancy, providing strategic guidance to organizations navigating complex cybersecurity and surveillance challenges.

Richard was Google’s Director of Law Enforcement & Information Security for 13 years, where he oversaw Google’s response worldwide to national security and law enforcement demands for data and assistance, and legal matters relating to cyber and physical security, information sharing and investigations involving serious crime on the platforms, among other duties. Richard has testified before the US Congress ten times on issues including cross-border investigations, foreign information operations, election security, extremist content, and government surveillance. Richard was with Yahoo! before joining Google, served as a prosecutor with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the US Department of Justice, and worked as a trial lawyer with Cooley Godward. Richard was also an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason Law School, and a faculty member of the National Judicial College.


  • J.D. Yale Law School
  • B.A. University of New Mexico