Mr. Michael E. Leiter is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he represents clients in matters involving U.S. national security and cybersecurity, cross-border transactions and government investigations, with a focus on the defense, intelligence and technology sectors. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Leiter served as the president of the Defense Group at Leidos Holdings, and as a senior executive with Palantir Technologies.
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Leiter was the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) from 2007 until 2011, having been nominated by President George W.
Bush and asked to remain by President Barack Obama. In this role, he oversaw all U.S. counterterrorism intelligence and government-wide counterterrorism strategic planning, and was intimately involved in the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Previously he helped establish and served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and with
the Robb-Silberman WMD Commission. Additionally, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney, as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the U.S. Navy flying EA-6B Prowlers in combat in both Iraq and the former Yugoslavia.
Mr. Leiter continues to serve as an advisor to the NCTC, as a member of the RAND Corporation’s Board of Trustees, and as the chairman of the Business Executives for National Security Advisory Council, which is a nonprofit comprised of over 450 senior business and industry executives who volunteer their time and expertise to address the national security community’s most pressing challenges. He is also NBC News’ Senior National Security, Counterterrorism, and Cybersecurity Analyst, and he also serves on advisory groups for the American Law Institute on information privacy and the Aspen Institute on homeland security. He previously served as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at New York University Law School’s Center on Law and Security.
Mr. Leiter received his J.D. from Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude and was President of the Harvard Law Review, and received his B.A. from Columbia.
Mr. Leiter has been a TRAC member since May 2016.