April Falcon Doss

April Falcon Doss

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (410) 332-8798
Fax: (410) 332-8862

Primary Office

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

April Falcon Doss

April Falcon Doss chairs the Firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, and co-chairs the Firm’s Congressional Investigations Practice.

She spent over a decade at the National Security Agency, where she was Associate General Counsel for Intelligence Law. April also served as Senior Minority Counsel for the Russia Investigation in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to her federal service, April worked as a public defender, civil litigator, and in-house counsel to a private college.

April advises clients across industry sectors on cybersecurity and privacy matters. Representative clients include: a regional airport, national energy sector consortium, municipal governments, insurance providers, colleges and universities, retail companies, manufacturers, a nonprofit museum foundation, and financial services corporations. In addition to advising clients across industry sectors on privacy and cyber issues, April also represents a number of companies who are in the cybersecurity industry sector, including defense contractors and companies that provide cybersecurity products and services to commercial clients.

April is a Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security. She teaches Information Privacy Law and Internet Law at the University of Maryland Carey Law School. She has also testified before Congress on national security legislative reform, and she co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Big Data Committee. She is a member of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 11 on Cybersecurity and Privacy, and co-author of The Sedona Conference’s Incident Response Guide.

April is a frequent commentator on issues relating to cybersecurity, privacy, and national security. She is the author of the forthcoming book CyberPrivacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care (2020). She has appeared on CNN, CBC, NPR, and MSNBC. She has been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Wired, Axios, Politico, CNN, ABC, and other news outlets and publications. Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Bustle, Lawfare, and elsewhere. She’s on Twitter @AprilFDoss.

April graduated magna cum laude from Yale, earned her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds an MFA from Goucher College.  

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

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)

Senior Fellow, University of Maryland Law School's Center for Health and Homeland Security

Maryland State Bar Association

American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology Law

  • Co-Chair, Big Data Committee
  • Member and Diversity Committee
  • International and Domestic Policy Advisory Committee
  • Assistant Editor, The Scitech Lawyer Editorial Board

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

Co-Chair, Congressional Investigations

Certifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe Certification (CIPP/E)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

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

April Falcon Doss chairs the Firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, and co-chairs the Firm’s Congressional Investigations Practice.

She spent over a decade at the National Security Agency, where she was Associate General Counsel for Intelligence Law. April also served as Senior Minority Counsel for the Russia Investigation in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to her federal service, April worked as a public defender, civil litigator, and in-house counsel to a private college.

April advises clients across industry sectors on cybersecurity and privacy matters. Representative clients include: a regional airport, national energy sector consortium, municipal governments, insurance providers, colleges and universities, retail companies, manufacturers, a nonprofit museum foundation, and financial services corporations. In addition to advising clients across industry sectors on privacy and cyber issues, April also represents a number of companies who are in the cybersecurity industry sector, including defense contractors and companies that provide cybersecurity products and services to commercial clients.

April is a Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security. She teaches Information Privacy Law and Internet Law at the University of Maryland Carey Law School. She has also testified before Congress on national security legislative reform, and she co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Big Data Committee. She is a member of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 11 on Cybersecurity and Privacy, and co-author of The Sedona Conference’s Incident Response Guide.

April is a frequent commentator on issues relating to cybersecurity, privacy, and national security. She is the author of the forthcoming book CyberPrivacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care (2020). She has appeared on CNN, CBC, NPR, and MSNBC. She has been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Wired, Axios, Politico, CNN, ABC, and other news outlets and publications. Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Bustle, Lawfare, and elsewhere. She’s on Twitter @AprilFDoss.

April graduated magna cum laude from Yale, earned her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds an MFA from Goucher College.