Sidley Adds Former Justice Department Lawyer to Privacy Practice

Oct. 13, 2020, 7:14 PM

Sujit Raman, a former Justice Department attorney, joined Sidley Austin’s privacy and cybersecurity practice as a partner in Washington, the firm announced Tuesday.

Raman most recently served as associate deputy attorney general and helped lead Justice’s oversight of the country’s cyber-related criminal and national security investigations, the firm said. He helped the department craft policy in areas including cross-border data transfers, 5G security, facial recognition, and cryptocurrency.

Raman also coordinated Justice’s response to the Schrems II decision, which invalidated the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield. He represented the U.S. in international data-sharing negotiations with the United Kingdom and Australia.

“Sujit’s leadership role for the U.S. government’s response to the EU Court of Justice’s invalidation and restrictions of data transfer mechanisms to the U.S. will be critical to our clients, particularly given the need for all companies with transatlantic business to address the Schrems decision,” said Alan Raul, founder and leader of Sidley’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, in a statement.

Raman chaired the attorney general’s cyber-digital task force from 2018 to 2020, formulating the department’s policy for transnational cybercrime, state-sponsored cyberattacks, and online foreign influence operations.

Before joining Justice in 2017, Raman was an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, leading international fraud and corruption investigations. He was also chief of appeals, supervising the appellate work of more than 80 federal prosecutors and leading cases at the intersection of technology and privacy, Sidley said in its announcement.

He is an alumnus of Harvard Law School, the University of Bristol, and Harvard University, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Raman will also contribute to Sidley’s litigation, national security, and trade practices, the firm said.

“In addition to his DOJ cyber-related experience, his extensive investigations, courtroom, and national security experience will play an important role” in complex litigation and counseling related to technology, said executive committee member Neal Sullivan in a statement.

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