John A. Eisenberg - Partner

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John A. Eisenberg

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Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202-879-5902
Fax: +1 202-654-9651
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Professional Profile

John Eisenberg's white-collar and litigation practice at Kirkland & Ellis increasingly focuses on data security and other cyber issues. He has represented companies in a range of data breaches, from those involving payment-card information to more sophisticated and persistent threats.

From 2004 to 2009, John served at the Department of Justice as a senior national-security official. His responsibilities centered on national security, including intelligence and counterterrorism issues. Both as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General, John advised the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Counsel to the President, the Legal Advisor to the National Security Council, the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and various general counsels in the Intelligence Community on complicated national security matters. As an Associate Deputy Attorney General, John oversaw the national security functions of the Department of Justice, including litigation of various issues throughout the Nation and in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review; the Department's role with respect to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States; and designations under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and similar authorities. John also worked on various cybersecurity initiatives and played an important role in helping to secure important legislative reforms, including amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

John is also an active member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Global Security Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition, John recently participated in a cybersecurity roundtable held by Business Executives for National Security, which brought together high-ranking government national-security officials and financial actors to discuss cyber threats to the financial sector.

Other Distinctions

Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security, October 2007

Assistant Attorney General Award for Special Initiative, National Security Division, December 2008

Intelligence Community Legal Award for Team of the Year, 2008

Intelligence Community Legal Award for Team of the Year, 2007


"Executive Order on Cybersecurity Begins Standard-Setting Process," Kirkland Alert, February 15, 2013

"$42 Million Blackwater Settlement Demonstrates ITAR Enforcement on the Rise," Kirkland Alert, September 23, 2010

"U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Changes Regarding Sentencing of Corporations," Kirkland Alert, February 16, 2010

"U.S. Department of Justice Arrests 22 in Unprecedented FCPA Sting Operation," Kirkland Alert, January 22, 2010

"United States Attorney General Pledges Unprecedented DOJ Focus on Financial Fraud," Kirkland Alert, January 12, 2010

"Serious Fraud Office Brings Overseas Corruption Charges Against British Executive," Kirkland Alert, December 11, 2009

"DOJ Vows to Scrutinize Pharmaceutical Companies under the FCPA," Kirkland Alert, November 16, 2009

"The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009," Kirkland Alert, May 29, 2009

"Department of Justice Announces That Antitrust Division Will Begin More Aggressive Antitrust Enforcement Campaign," Kirkland Alert, May 15, 2009

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