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 and cybersecurity issues, including digital governance, global data protection and compliance programs, data breaches, consumer protection issues and Internet law. Alan advises companies regarding their cybersecurity preparedness and helps them manage data security incidents. His practice involves litigation and counseling regarding consumer class actions and investigations, enforcement actions and policy development by the FTC, State Attorneys General, SEC, Department of Justice, financial regulators, EU Data Protection Authorities, and other government agencies.
He regularly represents leading tech, telecom, media, financial services and other companies with respect to their digital governance, compliance and crisis management. Alan has recently represented a special cybersecurity review committee of the Board of Directors of a major tech company in connection with its independent investigation of the company's handling of significant data breaches.
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 serves as a member of the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center (affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). He also serves as a member of the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force by appointment of the ABA President, and as a member of the Practicing Law lnstitute's (PLI) Privacy Law Advisors Group.
Alan is a member of the governing Board of Directors of the Future of Privacy Forum. He is a member of the Center for Democracy and Technology's Advisory Committee. Alan also serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law Practice Group. Alan is a frequent author and speaker on privacy, cybersecurity and related issues. He is overall editor arid a contributing author of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review (Law Business Research Ltd, 5th ed. 2018).
Alan holds degrees from Harvard College (AB magna cum /aude), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and Yale Law School (JD). He clerked for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.