Sidley Austin LLP
Mr. Alan Charles Raul is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP. Mr. Raul practices in two principal areas of litigation and counseling: administrative law and government regulation as well as intellectual property, data protection and information law.
Mr. Raul’s Federal government practice involves advocacy before numerous Departments and agencies as well as judicial review of agency action. His practice includes general and appellate litigation, and business counseling. Building on his experience as General Counsel of two cabinet-level agencies, and as Associate White House Counsel, Mr. Raul has handled significant matters involving food and drug, international trade, environmental and financial regulations and enforcement, as well as executive and congressional investigations. He represents clients through the full spectrum of government decision making, from administrative proceedings through the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Raul is a member of the governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Mr. Raul’s intellectual property and information law practice focuses on trademark, copyright, advertising, and unfair competition law, as well as privacy, data protection and information security. He also represents clients in a broad range of Internet, E-Commerce and First Amendment issues.
Mr. Raul chairs the Firm’s Intellectual Property, Privacy and Information Security practice group in Washington. He also coordinates the Firm’s CyberLaw web site at http://www.sidley.com/cyberlaw/.
Mr. Raul is the author of the book, Privacy and the Digital State: Balancing Public Information and Personal Privacy (Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001).
He writes and speaks regularly on Internet and information law topics, “junk science,” and federal regulatory policy, as well as on constitutional, political and social issues. He has published numerous articles in legal periodicals, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Business2.0 and BNA publications such as Privacy & Security Law and E-Commerce and Law Report. He is the lead author of “Regulatory Daubert: A Proposal to Enhance Judicial Review of Agency Science by Incorporating Daubert Principles into Administrative Law,” in the journal of Law and Contemporary Problems (Fall 2003).
Mr. Raul also appears frequently as a legal commentator on television and radio, and testifies before Congress, on various issues. He has been named as a leading practitioner of E-Commerce Law in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Mr. Raul served in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President (1986-1988). During his tenure as Associate Counsel to President Reagan, Mr. Raul represented the White House in connection with the Iran-Contra investigations. He subsequently served as General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President (1988-1989), and then was appointed by President George H. W. Bush, with Senate confirmation, as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1989-1993).
Mr. Raul was graduated from Harvard College (A.B. 1975), Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A. 1977), and Yale Law School (J.D. 1980). He clerked for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Raul is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served in various leadership positions in the Federalist Society, the American Bar Association and the American Heart Association. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Atlantic Legal Foundation. In 1991, Mr. Raul co-founded the Lawyers Have Heart 10K run and walk, to benefit the Heart Association, and he continues to serve as the event’s Chair Emeritus. Mr. Raul lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Mary, and three children.