Shawn Cooley is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Cooley focuses on managing national security reviews and all foreign investment regulatory aspects of clients’ cross-border transactions. He draws on his deep experience and involvement with the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the informal interagency working group known as Team Telecom. Mr. Cooley served for nine years as the Director of Foreign Investment Risk Management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and advised the Assistant Secretary for Policy, the General Counsel, the Deputy Secretary, and the Secretary within DHS, spanning three administrations, on all matters pertaining to foreign investment in the United States. In that role, Shawn managed the review and disposition of over 1,000 CFIUS cases and hundreds of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) telecommunications license applications before Team Telecom.

Shawn is often quoted in the media and speaks regularly at CFIUS related conferences on recent trends and developments within the CFIUS process.

Since returning to private practice, Shawn has represented a diverse group of clients ranging from sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, pension plans, and top Fortune 500 companies.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (inactive)


  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2002
    Member, Catholic University Law Review
  • Pennsylvania State UniversityB.S., Secondary Education (English Concentration)1998

    Dean’s List all semesters

    Distinction and Honors in Religious Studies