Steve is a partner and the Chair of the Firm’s Global Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Steve advises domestic and international businesses on the wide range of data and network security compliance and risk management issues that enterprises face globally.
Clients benefit from Steve’s extensive private sector and government experience focused on cybersecurity risks. His expertise includes cyber preparedness, incident response, information governance, data privacy, data breach regulatory response, government and internal investigations, reputation management, and the cybersecurity fiduciary duties of directors and officers.
A distinguished and trusted authority in the technology industry, Steve has dedicated nearly his entire career to cybersecurity. He has helped shape many of the nation’s significant cyber and infrastructure protection strategies, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (2008). His impressive track record includes leading national intelligence efforts to coordinate, monitor and provide guidance with respect to America’s national cyber strategy. In 2016, Steve was Presidentially appointed to the White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The Commission provided recommendations to the President to strengthen cybersecurity in the public and private sectors, while protecting privacy, fostering innovation and ensuring economic and national security.
Steve also is the cyber columnist for Security magazine.
Prior to joining White & Case, Steve served as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for an international cybersecurity technology firm, where he led the company’s legal, privacy and risk programs and advised clients and their counsel on ways to protect their networks from being hacked and to respond effectively in the event of a data breach. Before working in the private sector, Steve served as Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, after having organized and led its Cyber Intelligence program and after having served as the FBI’s top cyber lawyer. He also served as the senior cyber advisor to the United States Director of National Intelligence. Prior to his work with the FBI, Steve held a clerkship with the Honorable Dennis Jacobs in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals.