Alan Raul is the founder and leader of Sidley’s highly ranked Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy, cybersecurity and digital technology issues. His practice includes global data protection compliance programs, data breaches, and crisis management. Alan advises companies and boards regarding their cybersecurity preparedness, digital governance, transactional due diligence, and emerging data technologies like AI and facial recognition. Alan is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches a course on “Digital Governance: Privacy and Technology Trade-offs.”
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.