Alex Iftimie is of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice group. His practice involves advising clients on sensitive cyber and other national security matters, crisis management, internal investigations, transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and government enforcement actions.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Iftimie held multiple senior positions at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including Counselor to the Attorney General, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Throughout his time at DOJ, Mr. Iftimie advised Department leadership on national security, intelligence and cyber matters, including policy and legal issues arising in the National Security Council process, foreign investment transactions before CFIUS, complex issues involving the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), and engagements with foreign officials. He also represented the Department on the Export Control Reform Initiative which sought to strengthen national security and the competitiveness of key U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors, and before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on issues involving novel questions at the intersection of law and technology.
Most recently, as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the National Security and Cybercrime Units of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Mr. Iftimie brought the Department’s first charges against Russian efforts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Iftimie also investigated and/or prosecuted federal crimes ranging from espionage, trade secret theft, and national security cyber matters to fraud, firearm, and drug offenses.
Mr. Iftimie received the Assistant Attorney General Award for Excellence in 2014 and 2018, and the Assistant Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service in 2014.
Prior to his DOJ service, Mr. Iftimie clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and in the Office of the White House Counsel.
Mr. Iftimie received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor in chief of the Yale Journal of International Law and participated in the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic. He received his B.A. summa cum laude and with Honors from the University of Southern California.
He is the recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a fellow in the Truman National Security Project.
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