Michael Bahar, a partner in the Washington DC office of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, is the Co-Lead of the firm's global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Team and a member of the firm’s Litigation practice. As former Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council at the White House, former Minority Staff Director and General Counsel for the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, and as a former Active Duty U.S. Navy JAG, Michael provides advice on cybersecurity and privacy, international law and national security law.
While with the House Intelligence Committee, he was a lead drafter and negotiator for the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, the USA Freedom Act (which reformed certain key surveillance authorities) and four annual Intelligence Authorization Acts. More recently, he was a leader of the Committee’s investigation into the Russian hacking of the 2016 election.
Michael offers clients a wealth of knowledge about cybersecurity, information sharing, privacy, crisis management and establishing cybersecurity programs that not only accord with ever evolving laws and regulations, but that also finds business opportunities.
He speaks regularly at industry and corporate conferences across the country, as well as on national television, and he is widely quoted in the press and a frequent author.Michael’s previous experience also includes serving nearly 10 years on Active Duty with the Navy's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, where he litigated felony court-martials, dealt with cutting-edge legal issues involving the laws of war, led the capture and investigation of the US Navy’s first set of captured pirates in generations, led a team of lawyers deployed to Afghanistan in support of a Special Operations Task Force, and completed two Pentagon tours. He has received two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals and one Navy Achievement Medal, in addition to earning his Navy Parachutist Wings.