Robert Silvers is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office. He is vice-chair of the firm's Data 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 has formerly served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Obama administration, and most recently served 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 TheNew 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 Board of Directors 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 also has an active pro bono practice and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
New York University School of Law, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., International Relations
Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, California, New York
Clerkships: Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Adjunct professor, M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program, NYU School of Law, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Director, Secure Community Network
Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Founding Member, Councilors Program, Atlantic Council