John Dermody

Counsel

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John Dermody joined O’Melveny after a decade in government service, recently serving as a deputy legal advisor at the National Security Council (NSC). Previously, John served in the General Counsel’s offices of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense.  Drawing on his experience in the highest levels of government, John advises clients on data security, privacy, cybersecurity, and national security issues, including economic sanctions and national security reviews of investments and technology transactions conducted by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense, the Treasury, State, and Commerce. As a member of O’Melveny’s Coronavirus Task Force, John advises clients on government emergency powers, shelter-in-place orders, and data privacy issues associated with public health measures.

While at the NSC, John advised senior officials on cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, disaster response, border and transportation security, election security, biodefense, and other matters of US national security. His work included coordinating responses to and attribution of cyber incidents, revising US cyber operations policy, and helping to develop and implement the National Cyber Strategy. He also advised on US sanctions programs and matters and policies relating to supply chain security, 5G deployment, and spectrum allocation.

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Government Experience

  • Deputy Legal Advisor, Office of the Legal Advisor, National Security Council
  • Attorney-Advisor, Intelligence Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Associate Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Defense

Honors & Awards

  • Meritorious Unit Citation, Director of National Intelligence, 2018
  • Secretary’s Award for Excellence, Department of Homeland Security, 2017, 2014
  • Team of the Year, Intelligence Community Legal Award, 2017
  • Intelligence Integration Unit Citation, Director of National Intelligence, 2015
  • Intelligence Leadership Award, Department of Homeland Security, 2015

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Consulting Editor
  • Queen’s University, Belfast, M.A., International Politics, with merit
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College, M.Phil. 
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Robert R. Rigsby, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Frederick H. Weisberg, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Ransomware: How to Prepare and Respond,” O’Melveny Public Company Boot Camp series (August 2021)
  • Panelist, “Board of Directors Roundtable - Ransomware Developments,” Board of Directors Forum: Let’s Wine About Ransomware (December 10, 2020)
  • Panelist, “Are you Being Reasonable? Implementing and Defending Reasonable Data Security Requirements,” O’Melveny and the Crypsis Group Webinar (August 13, 2020)
  • Panelist, “Business Preparedness in Times of Pandemic,” J&J’s Legal Webinar Series for Life Sciences Entrepreneurs (July 23, 2020)
  • Panelist, “DEFCON ONE: Cyberattacks, Pandemics, Emergency Planning, and the Legal Battle for Recovery” O’Melveny and Homeland Security Advisory Council Webinar (May 28, 2020)
  • Presenter, “Returning to the Workplace Amidst COVID-19,” O’Melveny Webinar (May 20, 2020)

Certifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E)

Press Releases

Alerts and Publications

Insights 2023

1月 31, 2023

FTC Obtains Record Penalties from Video Game Company Amidst Growing Privacy and Consumer Protection Enforcement Trends

1月 23, 2023

FCC Bans New Licenses for the Import and Use of Certain Chinese Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Equipment

12月 5, 2022

New York State Seeks to Raise the Bar on Cybersecurity for Financial Services Providers, Including Certain Fintech and Cryptocurrency Companies

11月 21, 2022

United States Imposes New Restrictions on Exports of Advanced Computing Chips and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items to China

10月 11, 2022

Utah Joins California, Colorado, and Virginia in Enacting Consumer Privacy Law

3月 29, 2022

President Biden Signs New Critical Infrastructure Cyber Incident Reporting Obligations Into Law

3月 22, 2022

SEC Proposes New Rules on Cybersecurity

3月 16, 2022

Russian Aggression Prompts Senate to Pass Cybersecurity Legislation

3月 9, 2022

Data Security & Privacy Predictions for 2022: Six Issues to Watch

1月 26, 2022

Commerce Clarifies That Technology Supply Chain Rule Reaches “Connected Software Applications” But Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

12月 8, 2021

Biden’s Build Back Better Act Aims to Strengthen the FTC’s Privacy and Data Security Stance, But Enforcement Options Remain Limited by Supreme Court Precedent

11月 29, 2021

Secure Equipment Act Accelerates FCC Rulemaking to Prohibit Licenses for Chinese Security and Technology Equipment

11月 24, 2021

It’s a Sign: Key Takeaways from FinCEN’s Ransomware Report

10月 20, 2021

New OFAC Compliance Guidance for the Virtual Currency Industry Provides Insights into OFAC’s Compliance Expectations that are Useful for Both the Virtual Currency Industry and the Broader Corporate Community

10月 19, 2021

The Deadline for EU Standard Contractual Clauses is Here, Are You Ready?

9月 27, 2021

European Commission Revises Rules for International Data Transfers

6月 16, 2021

Supreme Court Narrows Computer Trespass Law

6月 9, 2021

Biden Administration Recalibrates Executive Order Prohibiting Investments in Publicly Traded Securities of Certain Chinese Companies

6月 7, 2021

Biden Administration Recalibrates Executive Order Prohibiting Investments in Publicly Traded Securities of Certain Chinese Companies

6月 7, 2021

Government Imposes Mandatory Cybersecurity Requirements on Pipeline Operators in Response to Ransomware Attack

6月 2, 2021

Biden Executive Order Sets the Table for Industry Cybersecurity Reform

5月 17, 2021

Biden Administration Issues New Targeted Economic Sanctions On Russia

4月 16, 2021

FCC Lists Certain Chinese Telecom Equipment as National Security Risk

3月 17, 2021

Draft EU Adequacy Decision Paves the Way for Smooth EU-UK Data Flows Post-Brexit

3月 8, 2021

Reminder: NHTSA Updated Cybersecurity Best Practices—Comments Due by March 15, 2021

3月 8, 2021

The CCPA and Belaire Notices: Civil Discovery in California’s New Privacy Era

2月 25, 2021

CDA Section 230: Its Past, Present, and Future

2月 12, 2021

In the News

Law360: Cyber Enforcers Could Face Uphill Battle With GOP House

11月 10, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: TSA Softens Cyber Rules: Trend or Outlier in Next Wave of Federal Cyber Regulation?

8月 17, 2022

Law360: 2 FCA Settlements Highlight Gov’t Cyber Liability Focus

5月 31, 2022

The Cyber Wire: US-EU Data Negotiations

4月 11, 2022

The National Law Journal: Ex-DHS Attorney on Corporate Cybersecurity Risks in Wake of Russia-Ukraine Conflict

2月 24, 2022

Law360: Dentons, CMS Close Kyiv Offices Amid Crisis In Ukraine

2月 24, 2022

LiveNow from FOX: O’Melveny’s John Dermody Joins FOX News to Discuss Ukraine Crisis

2月 23, 2022

Law360: Ukrainian Websites Attacked As New Malware Said To Spread

2月 23, 2022

Reuters Legal: O’Melveny’s Dermody on New Cybersecurity Directives For Critical Pipelines

8月 3, 2021

Law360: Cybersecurity & Privacy Policy To Watch For Rest Of 2021

7月 30, 2021

WTOP NEWS: Nation-state hackers undeterred by US ‘naming and shaming’

7月 27, 2021

TechRepublic: The Ransomware Risk Management Calculus is Changing for OT, ICS and Critical Infrastructure

7月 22, 2021

Law360: 6 Cybersecurity Events That Have Defined 2021

7月 12, 2021

Law360: Biden Taps Obama Counterterror Chief To Lead DOJ Division

5月 26, 2021

SC Magazine: Colonial Pipeline attack: What government can do to deter critical infrastructure cybercriminals

5月 10, 2021

Law360: SolarWinds Sanctions Far From Last Word On Russian Hacks

4月 15, 2021

Law360: COVID Inflamed Damaging Year For Data Breach Victims

3月 11, 2021

SC Magazine: As Ransomware Inches from Economic Burden to National Security Threat, Policies may Follow

2月 25, 2021

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