Lisa Monaco


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Lisa O. Monaco, co-chair of O’Melveny’s Data Security and Privacy group and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice Group, served as Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to President Obama and before that as Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Justice Department, the Department’s top national security lawyer. Drawing on her experience as an advisor at the highest level of government, she counsels clients on the business, legal, and policy issues surrounding privacy and cybersecurity, as well as on government and regulatory affairs. Lisa works out of both the firm’s Washington, DC* and New York offices.

As the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor from 2013-2017, she coordinated the federal government’s crisis management and response to a wide array of risks and challenges – from cyber threats and pandemics to terrorist threats – and chaired the Cabinet-level Homeland Security Council Principals Committee and advised the President on homeland security issues and crises. She has extensive experience in policy development and crisis management having operated at the senior- most levels of the Federal government as a lawyer and advisor.


Corporate & Government Experience

  • Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Assistant Attorney General for National Security
  • Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General
  • Chief of Staff, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Special Counsel to the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Enron Task Force
  • Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Washington, DC
  • Counsel to the Attorney General
  • Principal, WestExec Advisors

Honors & Awards

  • Edmund J. Randolph Award, United States Department of Justice
  • Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service
  • Officer of the Legion of Honor of France, Awarded by the President of the Republic of France
  • National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal
  • Director’s Award, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Chicago Law School


Bar Admissions

  • New York

*Admitted only in New York; supervised by principals of the firm.


  • University of Chicago Law School, JD, editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable
  • Harvard University, BA

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Jane R. Roth, US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • Co-Chair, Aspen Institute Cybersecurity Group
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, NYU School of Law, Reiss Center on Law and Security and Center for Cybersecurity
  • Senior Fellow, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Homeland Security Program
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • American Law Institute
  • University of Chicago Law School Council
  • Advisory Board, National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School
  • New York State Bipartisan Counterterrorism Advisory Panel 
  • Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense
  • ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

Selected Speeches


Public Appearances 

Alerts and Publications

In the News

CNN’s The Daily DC: Impeachment Watch: The Public Hearings Are Over. Did Democrats Make Their Case?

November 25, 2019

CNN: ‘Ideology Does Not Die with Baghdadi’: For US Law Enforcement, ISIS Threat Remains

October 27, 2019

Axios: Aspen Report Finds U.S. Losing Innovation Edge

October 1, 2019

Bloomberg Law: National Security Experience a Growing Draw for Big Law

September 25, 2019

Stay Tuned with Preet: Russian Asset & the 1st Female Firefighter

September 12, 2019

CNN: Trump Learns Age-Old Lesson with Busted Afghan Initiative

September 10, 2019

CNN’s “State of the Union:” At Least Nine Dead, 27 Injured in Dayton Mass Shooting

August 4, 2019

CNN: DOJ Sends Letter to Mueller, Says His Testimony “Must Remain Within the Boundaries” of His Report

July 22, 2019

SC Media: Women in Security—PowerPlayers

July 1, 2019

CNN Newsroom: NY Times—US Ramping Up Cyberattacks on Russia

June 16, 2019

MSNBC “The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg” (Podcast): Lisa Monaco: Dr. Doom

May 15, 2019

Washington Internet Daily: Internet People

March 25, 2019

The Washington Post: Appointments

March 25, 2019

Homeland Security Today: O’Melveny Welcomes Former US Homeland Security Advisor and Senior Justice Department Official Lisa Monaco

March 22, 2019

The National Law Journal: Ex-Obama Official Lisa Monaco Joins O’Melveny as Data Security and Privacy Co-Chair

March 21, 2019

POLITICO: Transition – Obama Alumni

March 21, 2019


Press Releases