Former General Counsel for the U.S. Intelligence Community Joins Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C.

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Robert S. Litt, who served as the General Counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) from 2009 until earlier this year, has joined the firm as of counsel. Mr. Litt, who has held a series of prominent positions in government and in private practice, bolsters the firm’s National Security, Global Risk & Crisis Management, and Global Privacy & Data Security Groups. Among other things, he will advise Morrison & Foerster’s clients on sensitive national security and privacy matters, white collar investigations, and government enforcement actions.

As the lead lawyer at the ODNI, a role for which Mr. Litt was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, he reported directly to the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Litt managed a team of attorneys providing legal advice to the agency, coordinated and participated in interagency national security meetings, regularly testified before Congress on high-profile intelligence matters, and frequently served as the public spokesman for the intelligence community both domestically and overseas on issues relating to surveillance and privacy. Mr. Litt was a key member of the U.S. team that negotiated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield with the European Commission and also engaged with individual European nations on related privacy matters.

“I’ve seen Bob’s work for many years and there is no one who is more tenacious on behalf of clients. He is a tremendous addition to our growing team,” said John Carlin, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s National Security Group and chair of its Global Risk & Crisis Management Practice. “Bob’s broad experience in government and private practice will be invaluable to our clients as they navigate complex challenges. Whether the matter involves a criminal, regulatory, or congressional investigation, compliance with European and U.S. privacy laws, or a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Bob’s perspective and unique insights will be a great asset.”

Mr. Litt previously held senior roles at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division. He also served at the United States…

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