John P Carlin, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s global risk and crisis management team, advises industry-leading organisations in sensitive cyber and other national security matters, white-collar investigations, and government enforcement actions. He has served as a top-level official in both Republican and Democratic administrations, most recently as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) highest-ranking national security lawyer. In this capacity, for which he was nominated by the President and overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis, John oversaw nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, and cyber and other national security threats.
Prior to assuming his role in the National Security Division, he served as chief of staff and senior counsel to Robert S Mueller, III, former director of the FBI, where he helped lead the FBI’s evolution to meet growing and changing national security threats, including cyberthreats. John also held positions as national coordinator of the DOJ’s computer hacking and intellectual property programme and assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cyber, fraud and public corruption matters, among others, trying more than 40 cases to verdict.
John has been featured or cited as a leading authority on cyber and economic espionage matters by numerous major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, CBS’s 60 Minutes, NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS’s Charlie Rose and Newshour, ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, NPR, CNN and Vanity Fair, among others. In his new book Dawn of the Code War, John provides invaluable insights on how the US is fighting back against international cyberattacks.