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Brent J. McIntosh

Brent J. McIntosh

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Brent J. McIntosh is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group. He handles litigation and investigations for major financial institutions and other international clients and serves as co-head of the Firm’s cybersecurity practice. Mr. McIntosh previously served as an official at the U.S. Department of Justice and an attorney the White House.

Mr. McIntosh has represented clients in a wide variety of state and federal courts and arbitral bodies, and he has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the federal circuit courts. He has also represented clients before numerous government agencies and congressional committees, including in various financial regulatory matters and in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. His pro bono service focuses on advice to developing countries and multinational organizations regarding rule-of-law issues.

Until 2009, Mr. McIntosh was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary at the White House (2007-2009), overseeing and coordinating the flow of official documents to and from the president. Before that, he served in the White House Counsel’s Office as Associate Counsel to the President (2006-2007), where his portfolio included national security matters, investigations and litigation, and judicial selection and confirmation. He previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy (2004-2006), including as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (2005-2006), handling matters relating to counterterrorism, intelligence, international law, and federal criminal law and procedure, as well as judicial nominations. While at the Justice Department and the White House, he assisted with the nomination and confirmation of two Supreme Court justices and many other judges.

Mr. McIntosh serves as co-chair of the Alexander Hamilton Society’s D.C. Advisory Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Practice Group.


  • Judge Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Judge Dennis Jacobs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1999
  • University of Michigan, A.B. with high distinction, 1996

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