Lisa Monaco


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Lisa O. Monaco is 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. She served as Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to President Obama and prior to that she held several senior positions in the Department of Justice, including as an Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the Department’s top national security lawyer. She is also a former Chief of Staff to then-Director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller, III. Drawing on her experience as an advisor at the highest level of government, she counsels clients on the business, legal, and policy issues surrounding on Data Security and Privacy issues, as well as on other areas of Crisis Management and 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
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US for General Commercial Disputes


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • 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 

In the News Compliance Hot Spots - O’Melveny, Wilmer Lawyers Snag Biden Posts

1月 12, 2021


1月 8, 2021

Law360: 5 Things To Know About Deputy AG Pick Lisa Monaco

1月 7, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Biden Introduces Attorney General Pick Garland, Other DOJ Selections

1月 7, 2021

The American Lawyer: Robert Mueller’s Career Has Been Defined by a Duty to Serve

11月 24, 2020

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny, Wilmer and Arnold & Porter Take Roles in Vetting Harris, Biden’s VP Pick

8月 12, 2020

Wired: Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

7月 21, 2020 Joe Biden Releases Plan to Combat Coronavirus in Effort to Show Contrast with Trump

3月 12, 2020

The New York Times: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Rebuke Trump Over Virus- ‘The Clock Is Ticking’

3月 12, 2020

The Hill: Biden Campaign Announces Public Health Panel to Advise on Coronavirus

3月 11, 2020

Financial Times: Trump Cheers AG Barr After Roger Stone Prosecutors Quit

2月 7, 2020

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

11月 25, 2019

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

10月 27, 2019

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

10月 1, 2019

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

9月 25, 2019

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

9月 12, 2019

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

9月 10, 2019

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

8月 4, 2019

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

7月 22, 2019

SC Media: Women in Security—PowerPlayers

7月 1, 2019

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

6月 16, 2019

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

5月 15, 2019

Washington Internet Daily: Internet People

3月 25, 2019

The Washington Post: Appointments

3月 25, 2019

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

3月 22, 2019

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

3月 21, 2019

POLITICO: Transition – Obama Alumni

3月 21, 2019

Press Releases

Alerts and Publications

Despite Brexit Deal, UK Data Transfers Remain in Limbo

1月 4, 2021

Video: Data Security & Privacy in the Age of COVID – A Conversation with Lisa Monaco and John Dermody

11月 17, 2020

Japan Enacts Significant Amendments to its Data Privacy Law, Opening the Door to Restrictions on Foreign Businesses Doing Business in Japan

10月 22, 2020

CCPA Case Tracker

10月 19, 2020

Treasury Issues New Guidance on Risks of Ransomware Payments

10月 9, 2020

Picking up the Pieces After Schrems II

7月 30, 2020

New York Files First Charges Under Data Security Regulation

7月 30, 2020

U.S. Government Imposes National Security-Driven Procurement Restrictions on Federal Government Contractors that Will Impact Their Supply Chain

7月 24, 2020

Federal Contractors and Their Suppliers are in Limbo Awaiting Fast-Approaching Deadline for Implementation of Section 889 Supply Chain Restrictions

7月 7, 2020

Survey of Global Artificial Intelligence Regulation: An Evolving and Varied Landscape

6月 17, 2020

Recent Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Highlight Emerging Cyber Risks in the Water Industry

6月 10, 2020

California Attorney General Issues Final Proposed CCPA Regulations

6月 4, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Securing the United States Bulk-Power System

5月 6, 2020

President Issues Proclamation Limiting Immigrant Travel to the United States

4月 28, 2020

President Trump Issues Executive Order Creating Telecommunications Assessment Committee

4月 10, 2020

Practical Considerations for Directors: COVID-19

3月 25, 2020

President Trump Invokes the Defense Production Act

3月 20, 2020

Navigating Coronavirus “Shelter-in-Place” Orders Issued by Local Public Health Authorities

3月 18, 2020

Coronavirus Task Force Podcast: Former Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco on How Companies Can Manage the Coronavirus Crisis

3月 16, 2020

O’Melveny Coronavirus Task Force: Data Security and Privacy Considerations During the COVID-19 Response

3月 16, 2020

The European Commission Proposes Artificial Intelligence Regulations That Could Reach Businesses Worldwide

3月 13, 2020

Attorney General Xavier Becerra Releases Modified CCPA Regulations

2月 18, 2020

Indictment of Chinese Military Hackers for Equifax Breach Highlights Important Data Security Lessons

2月 11, 2020

Lawfare: The Coronavirus Shows Why the US Must Make Pandemic Disease a National Security Priority

2月 7, 2020

O’Melveny Releases State-by-State Guide to US Data Breach Notification Laws

1月 29, 2020

EU Advocate General Opinion Is a Mixed Bag for Companies Engaging in US-EU Data Transfers

1月 27, 2020

Supreme Court Leaves the Door Open for Expansive Biometric Privacy Lawsuits

1月 23, 2020

What’s Next in Data Security and Privacy? 6 Trends to Watch in 2020

1月 21, 2020

Failure to Apply Recent Microsoft Patch May Create Legal Liabilities

1月 15, 2020

California Attorney General Notifies California Consumers of Their Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

1月 8, 2020

O’Melveny Releases CCPA Toolkit, A Resource for California’s New Privacy Law

12月 19, 2019

EDPB Finalizes Guidance on GDPR Applicability Outside EU

12月 11, 2019

Commerce Seeks Comment on Telecom Supply Chain Review Process

12月 3, 2019

Getting Prepared for New York’s Expanded Security Breach and Data Security Requirements

11月 18, 2019

New Suit Against Spyware-Maker Demonstrates One Company’s Offensive Strategy Against Cyber Attacks

11月 5, 2019

Aspen Cybersecurity Group Warns of Challenges to US Technological Innovation in New Report – O’Melveny Partner Lisa Monaco Serves as Group’s Co-Chair

10月 8, 2019

The Government Is Wielding Sticks and Carrots to Address National Security Concerns in the Telecommunications Sector

10月 3, 2019

California Consumer Privacy Act Update: A Slow Road to Changing the Face of US Privacy Law

5月 28, 2019