United States of America

19 October 2020

Sidley hires a Former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General for its Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group

Sidley has announced that Sujit Raman joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Raman will be a member of the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group, and will contribute to the firm’s globally regarded litigation, national security, and trade practices.

Mr. Raman served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he assisted the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General in their oversight of the nation’s cyber-related criminal and national security investigations and prosecutions. He also led DOJ’s policy formulation in a number of critical areas, including cybersecurity, cross-border data transfers and protection, 5G/supply chain security, and emerging technologies, like facial recognition, cryptocurrency, and encryption.  

He has also been a lead U.S. representative in high-profile international data-sharing negotiations with the United Kingdom, Australia, and the European Union; coordinated DOJ’s response to the Schrems II decision of the EU Court of Justice; and contributed to the development of U.S. government policy regarding reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. From 2018 to 2020, he chaired the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, leading formulation of DOJ’s policy and operational response to transnational cybercrime, nation-state-sponsored malign cyber activity, and online foreign influence operations.

“We are excited to have Sujit join us at this critical time for cybersecurity and data privacy issues around the world,” commented Neal Sullivan, global leader of Sidley’s Securities Enforcement and Regulatory group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “In addition to his DOJ cyber-related experience, his extensive investigations, courtroom, and national security experience will play an important role in CFIUS matters and in complex litigation and counseling related to technology and national security.” 

Before 2017, Mr. Raman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland since 2009, trying numerous cases to jury verdict and leading international fraud and corruption investigations. He was also Chief of Appeals, arguing 20 cases in the federal court of appeals, supervising the appellate work of over 80 federal prosecutors, and serving as the government’s counsel of record in several leading cases at the intersection of law, technology, and privacy. 

“Sujit’s leadership role for the U.S. government’s response to the EU Court of Justice’s invalidation and restrictions of data transfer mechanisms to the U.S. will be critical to our clients, particularly given the need for all companies with transatlantic business to address the Schrems decision (Privacy Shield - EU ruling on EU-US data transfers),” said Alan Raul, founder and leader of Sidley’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. 

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