Alan Raul is the founder and lead global coordinator of Sidley Austin LLP’s highly ranked privacy, data security and information law practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy issues, including global data protection and compliance programmes, data breaches, cybersecurity, consumer protection issues and internet law. Mr Raul’s practice involves litigation and acting as counsel in consumer class actions and data breaches, as well as FTC, state attorney general, Department of Justice and other government investigations, enforcement actions and regulation. Mr Raul provides clients with perspective gained from extensive government service. He previously served as vice chairman of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, general counsel of the US Department of Agriculture and associate counsel to the President. He currently serves as a member of the Privacy, Intellectual Property, Technology and Antitrust LitigationAdvisory Committee of the National Chamber Litigation Center (affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce). Mr Raul has also served on the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, by appointment of the ABA President. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr Raul holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale Law School.