April Falcon Doss

April Falcon Doss

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (410) 332-8798
Fax: (410) 332-8178

Primary Office

Baltimore
500 E. Pratt Street
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133

April Falcon Doss

Partner

April Doss is a seasoned litigator with extensive in-house experience who offers clients significant insight on data privacy and cybersecurity based on her years of service in high-level government jobs connected to the intelligence community. Her knowledge about cybersecurity and data privacy is informed by her tenure as the senior minority counsel for the Russia Investigation in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), as well as her many years at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she was associate general counsel for intelligence law.

In her year-long role advising the Senate committee, April served as lead minority counsel for all facets of the SSCI investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. At the NSA, she gained significant experience with legal issues relating to big data, including privacy and compliance programs, particularly within the telecommunications, technology and defense sectors of the economy. Over the course of her career at the NSA, April managed operations; oversaw a complex, multi-site compliance program; and served as part of the senior management team for the NSA's new technology development. Prior to her federal government service, April tried both criminal and civil cases, first as a public defender and later as a law firm litigator.  She also served as assistant and acting general counsel of a private college prior to her federal service.

This diverse background makes April well-qualified to provide practical, hands-on legal advice that takes into account the real-world implementation challenges of data privacy and cybersecurity programs. She assists clients with data security and privacy investigations and litigation, and leads the Firm’s comprehensive program and process to mitigate cyber risks on the front end and protect clients in the event of an incident. April also advises clients on regulatory and corporate ethics and compliance best practices. Additionally, she provides a wide range of legal services to intelligence, defense, and homeland security sector clients who are engaged in cleared conversations with the vast network of federal agencies that govern and impact those arenas. Her prior experience as in-house counsel to a private college also allows her to apply her cybersecurity perspective to the needs of higher education sector clients.

April is a regular commentator and contributor on national security, privacy, and cybersecurity issues.  She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and NewsOneNow.  April’s articles have been published in a wide range of publications, including the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Lawfare, the American Bar Association’s SciTech Lawyer, the IAPP Privacy Advisor and Law360She has been quoted in WIRED, Axios, Reuters, and The Hill, among others.  You can follow her on Twitter @AprilFDoss.

Experience

April advises clients in the following areas:

  • Security breach preparation and response
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity litigation
  • Regulatory matters and internal compliance programs
  • Big data governance and privacy in technology development
  • Electronic surveillance and national security, including cooperative and compulsory process
  • Strategic counseling and board governance
  • Corporate counseling for providers of cybersecurity services

Thought Leadership

No results.

Speaking Engagement
November 17, 2018
Data Localization and Cross-Border Discovery
Speaking Engagement
October 19, 2018

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Two-Time Recipient of the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation

Recipient of the NSA Torchbearer Award, recognizing innovation in privacy and compliance

Memberships and Affiliations

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

The Sedona Conference

  • Working Group 6 (Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure)
  • Working Group 11 (Data Security and Privacy Liability)

Maryland State Bar Association

American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology Law

Board of Directors, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1992

M.F.A., Goucher College, 2003

B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University, 1989

Bar Admissions

California
Maryland
Not Admitted in District of Columbia

Firm Management Positions

Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy

Certifications

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Privacy Professional/ U.S. (CIPP/US)

April Doss is a seasoned litigator with extensive in-house experience who offers clients significant insight on data privacy and cybersecurity based on her years of service in high-level government jobs connected to the intelligence community. Her knowledge about cybersecurity and data privacy is informed by her tenure as the senior minority counsel for the Russia Investigation in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), as well as her many years at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she was associate general counsel for intelligence law.

In her year-long role advising the Senate committee, April served as lead minority counsel for all facets of the SSCI investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. At the NSA, she gained significant experience with legal issues relating to big data, including privacy and compliance programs, particularly within the telecommunications, technology and defense sectors of the economy. Over the course of her career at the NSA, April managed operations; oversaw a complex, multi-site compliance program; and served as part of the senior management team for the NSA's new technology development. Prior to her federal government service, April tried both criminal and civil cases, first as a public defender and later as a law firm litigator.  She also served as assistant and acting general counsel of a private college prior to her federal service.

This diverse background makes April well-qualified to provide practical, hands-on legal advice that takes into account the real-world implementation challenges of data privacy and cybersecurity programs. She assists clients with data security and privacy investigations and litigation, and leads the Firm’s comprehensive program and process to mitigate cyber risks on the front end and protect clients in the event of an incident. April also advises clients on regulatory and corporate ethics and compliance best practices. Additionally, she provides a wide range of legal services to intelligence, defense, and homeland security sector clients who are engaged in cleared conversations with the vast network of federal agencies that govern and impact those arenas. Her prior experience as in-house counsel to a private college also allows her to apply her cybersecurity perspective to the needs of higher education sector clients.

April is a regular commentator and contributor on national security, privacy, and cybersecurity issues.  She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and NewsOneNow.  April’s articles have been published in a wide range of publications, including the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Lawfare, the American Bar Association’s SciTech Lawyer, the IAPP Privacy Advisor and Law360She has been quoted in WIRED, Axios, Reuters, and The Hill, among others.  You can follow her on Twitter @AprilFDoss.

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