David A Newman represents clients in a wide variety of national security and global risk and crisis management issues. He has extensive experience in national security law, crisis management, and government regulation.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, David held several key posts at the White House, serving as special assistant and associate counsel to President Barack Obama and on the staff of the National Security Council. Throughout his tenure at the White House, David played a central role in coordinating the administration’s responses to domestic and international crises. He regularly advised the president and other senior administration officials on a range of complex matters affecting the federal government, overseeing a broad portfolio that spanned national security priorities, crisis response and preparedness planning, new data and technology initiatives, criminal justice reform and civil rights litigation.
Previously, David was counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, where he helped manage the national security division and counselled senior officials at the Department of Justice and across the government on a wide array of matters – from high-profile terrorism investigations and litigation involving government surveillance programmes to reviews of data privacy policies and matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. David also regularly coordinated White House briefings and responses to congressional inquiries involving sensitive national security programmes and worked closely with the intelligence community and the US military to support counterterrorism operations.