David A. Simon Joins Mayer Brown’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Group
Summary: Former Department of Defense special counsel David Simon has joined Mayer Brown in Washington D.C.
The Washington D.C. office of Mayer Brown is receiving a welcomed boost with the addition of David A. Simon. Simon, a former Department of Defense special counsel, will be a partner in the law firm’s global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. He joins from Sidley Austin LLP.
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Simon will also contribute to the National Security and Government Contracts practice. He will focus on complex and sensitive cybersecurity, intelligence, defense, and national security matters. He counsels clients to structure, negotiate, and protect their commercial and compliance relationships with key national security government agencies.
Leader of the global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and co-leader of the National Security practice Raj De said, “David is known for handling cutting-edge cybersecurity and national security matters throughout his time at the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as in the private sector, and is a terrific addition to our expanding global team.”
From 2011-2015, Simon served as special counsel to the DoD general counsel. In that role he advised clients regarding cybersecurity policies, plans, and operations. This included social media, autonomous technologies, economic sanctions with Ukraine and the Middle East, counterterrorism, the use of force, sensitive investigations, and treaties.
Partner-in-charge of the Washington D.C. office David Masur added, “Cybersecurity is one of the leading areas of concern to our clients and David further deepens our cross-office and cross-practice capabilities. David’s addition also builds on the steady growth of our office in the nation’s capital, which has added more than two dozen high-ranking government officials and notable lateral partners in the past two years.”
Recently Simon has served as an independent legal expert to the United Nations in their Group of Governmental Experts on cybersecurity. He is currently a member of the Center for Strategic International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force.
He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Minnesota and an MPhil in International Relations from Trinity College, Oxford.