National security and law enforcement operations, both domestic and international, have drastically increased the number and complexity of government data requests that companies receive. Alston & Bird’s team has extensive experience helping clients navigate national security and law enforcement requests, domestic and international.
Our established team has the knowledge and capacity to conduct and respond to these types of requests and the variety of issues facing a client involved in both national security and law enforcement investigations. Experience and familiarity with relevant laws, as well as the procedures and needs of national security and law enforcement investigators, are critical to managing a response to what can be time-sensitive and high-pressure investigations.
Our team members include a former Department of Justice senior litigator for the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and a former assistant U.S. attorney who led the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit. Special counsel Peter Swire served as one of five members of the White House Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, formed after the Edward Snowden revelations. Peter is intimately familiar with U.S. surveillance law and a leading voice on issues of international mutual legal assistance. Together, we have represented clients on issues of international and domestic law enforcement data requests, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Stored Communications Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), USA PATRIOT Act, and federal and state wiretap statutes.