David Newman is of counsel in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he represents clients in a wide variety of national security and global risk and crisis management issues.
Mr. Newman has extensive experience in national security law, crisis management, and government regulation. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Newman held several key posts at the White House, serving as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama and on the staff of the National Security Council. Throughout his tenure at the White House, Mr. Newman played a central role in coordinating the Administration’s responses to domestic and international crises. He regularly advised the President and other senior administration officials on a range of complex matters affecting the federal government, overseeing a broad portfolio that spanned national security priorities, crisis response and preparedness planning, new data and technology initiatives, criminal justice reform, and civil rights litigation.
Previously, Mr. Newman was counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice (DOJ) where he helped manage the DOJ National Security Division and counseled senior officials at DOJ and across the government on a wide array of matters – from high profile terrorism investigations and litigation involving government surveillance programs to reviews of data privacy policies and matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Mr. Newman also regularly coordinated White House briefings and responses to congressional inquiries involving sensitive national security programs and worked closely with the Intelligence Community and the U.S. military to support counterterrorism operations.
Prior to his Executive Branch service, Mr. Newman clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and was a litigator in private practice at a national law firm.
Mr. Newman received his J.D. from Yale Law School where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Columbia University.
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