Raj De

Raj De

Homeland Security Group Member, Partner, Mayer Brown

Raj is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and leads the firm’s global Privacy & Security practice. Most recently, Raj served as General Counsel for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) after holding a series of other senior appointments in the federal government. Prior to his most recent public service, he was a partner at Mayer Brown.

As General Counsel for the National Security Agency, Raj served as the agency’s chief legal officer and senior advisor to the NSA Director. He supervised an office of approximately 100 lawyers and staff that handled litigation and provided legal advice across a range of issue areas, including foreign intelligence, cybersecurity, government contracts, intellectual property, research and technology, administrative law, government ethics and pending legislation. As a member of the NSA’s senior leadership team, Raj represented the agency regularly with senior officials at the White House, Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of the Treasury, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and from across the intelligence community. Raj also regularly represented the NSA before the United States Congress, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and European and other foreign governments.Prior to his service at the NSA, Raj served in the White House as Staff Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States. In that capacity, he was responsible for all written material provided to the President. Previously, Raj served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. In that capacity, he worked closely with DOJ leadership, litigating components and enforcement agencies on policy development and implementation across various subject areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, national security and civil litigation. Raj started his career at DOJ, where he was a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division under the Attorney General’s Honors Program.

Raj has also had significant congressional experience over the course of his career. He served as Counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”), conducting scores of interviews with United States government and foreign officials and drafting sections of the Commission’s final public report. After his service for the 9/11 Commission, he served as Counsel to a special bipartisan staff of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where he was a primary drafter and negotiator for the intelligence reform legislation that implemented the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for a Director of National Intelligence and a National Counterterrorism Center. Finally, while previously a partner at Mayer Brown, Raj served on a pro bono basis as General Counsel to the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, a bipartisan blue-ribbon panel charged with making recommendations to the President and Congress.

Earlier in his career, Raj clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California.