Robert Silvers is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. He is vice-chair of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) practice, and a member of the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice. Mr. Silvers formerly served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Obama administration, most recently as Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy. Mr. Silvers represents companies in global internal investigations and enforcement proceedings, cybersecurity and data privacy, government security review of foreign investments, AI governance and risk mitigation, and civil litigation at the intersection of law and technology.
As the most senior official for cybersecurity policy at DHS, Mr. Silvers was responsible for the federal government’s engagement on cyber defense with the private sector, its response during significant cyber incidents, and its pursuit of law enforcement cyber investigations. Mr. Silvers also drove administration policy on technology risk issues ranging from government access to encrypted data to security challenges involving intelligent and autonomous systems. In his prior role as DHS Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Silvers oversaw all law enforcement activities, litigation, regulatory processes, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) proceedings, policy, and operations across the third largest cabinet department, with over 230,000 personnel, a $40 billion budget, and 22 subordinate agencies.
Mr. Silvers is a nationally recognized expert on technology risk, data protection, government enforcement, and investigations and litigation arising from those issues. He is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and other media outlets.
Mr. Silvers is a senior adjunct fellow at the NYU School of Law’s Center on Law and Security and an adjunct professor in cybersecurity at NYU School of Law and NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He serves on the Security Advisory Board of the Secure Community Network, the Jewish Federation’s operational arm charged with providing security assistance to Jewish community organizations across the United States. Mr. Silvers has an active pro bono practice and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Mr. Silvers represents companies in their most critical data security and privacy challenges and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as a “Cybersecurity Trailblazer,” regularly counseling companies through data breach response and accompanying regulatory and litigation defense.
Investigations and Enforcement
Mr. Silvers draws on his extensive law enforcement background to advise companies in government and internal investigations, representing multinational companies in matters involving enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, criminal antitrust laws, data protection regulations, securities laws, the False Claims Act, and state and federal fraud statutes.
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
As a former senior member of CFIUS, Mr. Silvers is uniquely positioned to advise clients as they evaluate CFIUS risk and approaches to potential deals, and then shepherd them through the review process to ensure successful outcomes. During his government service and in private practice, Mr. Silvers has played a substantial role in many of the most high-profile and challenging CFIUS reviews over the last decade.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Mr. Silvers is co-chair of the AI practice at Paul Hastings and is a noted authority on AI governance, ethics, and risk mitigation. He is frequently invited to speak on the legal risks and mitigation strategies that must be accounted for by companies developing and deploying AI technology.
U.S. Government Experience
Mr. Silvers brings extensive experience at the most senior levels of government to bear for his clients.
As Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at DHS, Mr. Silvers led all cybersecurity policy decisions at the agency charged with ensuring the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and the private sector in the United States. He routinely navigated crisis response in coordination with victim companies across a range of critical industries, including financial services, energy, healthcare, aviation, and technology. He also regularly participated in White House Situation Room meetings to determine the U.S. government’s response to some of the most high-profile security events in recent years.
As DHS Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Silvers managed the day-to-day policy and operations of the Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Coast Guard, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In this capacity, Mr. Silvers had direct oversight over the Department’s law enforcement and counterterrorism programs; its security review of foreign investment under the CFIUS process; and an array of immigration, border, economic crime, travel facilitation, aviation security, and cybersecurity priorities.
While at DHS, Mr. Silvers led crisis management for some of the most challenging security events the U.S. government has faced, including foreign and domestic terrorist attacks, cyber attacks against critical infrastructure companies, the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. southern border in 2014, and the Ebola crisis.
Paul Hastings Wins National Law Journal’s Washington, D.C. White Collar Litigation Department of the Year Award
May 29, 2020
ONE Aviation Clears CFIUS Review for Acquisition by Citiking International US LLC
March 09, 2020
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November 27, 2019
Paul Hastings Recognized by the National Veterans Legal Services Program as Pro Bono Partner of the Year
November 26, 2019
Hotel Shilla to Acquire 44% Stake in 3Sixty Duty Free
October 29, 2019
Paul Hastings Launches Artificial Intelligence Practice Group with a Broad Team of Legal Experts
March 25, 2019
CDH Investments Clears CFIUS Review for $1.4 Billion Acquisition of Sirtex
March 11, 2019
CDH Investments to Acquire Sirtex for US$1.4 Billion
June 14, 2018
CJ Logistics to Acquire Majority Ownership of DCS Logistics
June 11, 2018
Senior Cybersecurity Official from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joins Paul Hastings to Help Clients Navigate Cyber, Investigations, and National Security Risks
April 19, 2017
More Clarity, More Complexity: New CFIUS Rules Put Spotlight on Mandatory Filings
May 28, 2020
The U.K. and U.S. Security Agencies Issue Joint COVID-19 Cyber Threat Update
April 09, 2020
Details on Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Order
March 27, 2020
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: The Cybersecurity Implications of an Entire Organization Working from Home
March 19, 2020
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Data Protection Issues
March 04, 2020
The New CFIUS Regulations: How Will This Actually Work? FAQs We Wish Treasury Would Answer
February 20, 2020
New Rules for CFIUS: How Investment Funds Can React and Take Advantage
February 19, 2020
Harvard Professor Arrested for Allegedly Hiding Ties to China: What Universities Can Do to Protect National Security While Promoting an Open Academic Environment
February 05, 2020
New Export Regulations on AI Software Could Signal Narrow Approach to Pending “Emerging Technology” Controls
January 08, 2020
Steps You Can Take Now To Reduce The Risk Of Litigation Under The New California Consumer Privacy Act
June 03, 2019
A One-Two Punch: The U.S. Government Hits China’s Technology Sector
May 17, 2019
Containing Risk and Seizing Opportunity: The In-house Lawyer’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence
March 26, 2019
Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation:The Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies BIPA’s “Aggrieved” Pleading Requirement
February 06, 2019
CFIUS’s New Pilot Program Signals an Expansive Approach to Its Jurisdiction Under FIRRMA
October 16, 2018
The “Transformative” CFIUS Bill: Not So Fast.
August 13, 2018
California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 Set to Dramatically Change Privacy Landscape Across the Country
July 11, 2018
CLOUD Act Implements Crucial Statutory Changes Affecting Law Enforcement Access to Data
March 30, 2018
The SEC Releases New Cybersecurity Disclosure Guidance
March 14, 2018
Recap: Oral Arguments in United States v. Microsoft Corp.
February 28, 2018
Key Takeaways from the FTC’s Latest Privacy Enforcement
January 12, 2018
Key Takeaways from the FTC’s Latest Privacy Enforcement
January 12, 2018
In-House Counsel Guide to Ransomware Prevention, Preparedness, and Response
September 18, 2017
The SEC’s Relentless Focus on Cybersecurity: After WannaCry, Head of Enforcement Says Cybersecurity Is the Greatest Threat to the Industry
July 17, 2017
Effects of President Trump’s Executive Order Requiring Review of Federal Cybersecurity Policies on the Electric Power Industry
May 24, 2017
컴퓨터 네트워크 및 브랜드 보호: 랜섬웨어 공격에 대한 예방 및 대응책
May 19, 2017
Protecting Your Networks, and Your Brand: How to Avoid and Respond to Ransomware Attacks
May 19, 2017
China’s New Cybersecurity Regime
April 19, 2017
Recognized as the National Law Journal’s Washington, D.C. White Collar Litigation Department of the Year
Paul Hastings' Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice was named Washington D.C.’s White Collar Litigation Department of the Year by The National Law Journal. The publication noted the firm’s challenging, high-profile representation of Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the EU, in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The feature noted how the practice advanced their client’s interests in “a pivotal moment of the impeachment proceedings.” NLJ’s feature also noted the firm’s successful representation of an international bank in a settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which included no admission of liability and a 98% reduction of OFAC’s penalty demand.
May 27, 2020
Recognized by National Law Journal as a Cybersecurity Trailblazer
Robert Silvers was named a Cybersecurity Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, and profiled for his work focused on cybersecurity risks at the Department of Homeland Security, where he developed the first-of-its-kind best practice guidelines to ensure the security and privacy protections for Internet of Things-capable devices.
November 23, 2017
Recognized by the National Law Journal as a Rising Star
National Law Journal recognized Robert Silvers as a Rising Star in the Washington, DC metro area. NLJ's coverage included an interview with Rob, in which he explained the need to navigate problems quickly and effectively while remaining focused on the core of clients' needs.
September 01, 2017