Luke Dembosky JD Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Luke Dembosky JD

Luke Dembosky is co-chair of the global Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. His practice focuses on cybersecurity incident preparation and response, related civil litigation and regulatory defense, as well as national security issues.

Mr. Dembosky joined Debevoise in March 2016 after serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Justice Department, where he oversaw DOJ’s first national security cyber portfolio. Over a 14-year career, he led the Department’s work on many landmark cyber cases, including as the senior DOJ official on the Target, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Anthem and OPM breaches, among many others, and oversaw global operations such as the GameOver Zeus botnet takedown, for which he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Dembosky has been a regular advisor to the senior leadership of the DOJ, FBI, Secret Service, National Security Council and other agencies regarding significant cyber cases and related legal and national policy issues. He participated directly in the negotiation of a 2013 cyber accord with Russia and the historic 5-point agreement signed by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China in 2015, and has co-represented DOJ in cyber discussions at the United Nations.

Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant AG, Mr. Dembosky was Deputy Chief for Litigation at DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, where he managed all cyber prosecutions by the section’s 35 attorneys. From fall 2010 to spring 2013, he served as DOJ’s representative at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, where he represented the U.S. before senior Russian officials on a range of cyber matters. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Dembosky was a federal cybercrime prosecutor in Pittsburgh, where his prosecutions included U.S. v. Max Ray Vision, featured in the books Kingpin and DarkMarket and the first episode of American Greed to cover a cyber case.

Mr. Dembosky’s recent cybersecurity matters include managing response to one of the largest corporate data breaches in history, assisting critical infrastructure clients with national security cyber threats, leading data breach litigation for a major financial institution, and assisting a wide range of the firm’s clients in preparing for and managing cyber risks. He is recognized in the U.S. and abroad as a leader on cybersecurity issues, and was named by the National Law Journal to its 2016 list of “Cyber Security Trailblazers.” Mr. Dembosky is a member of the newly established International Bar Association Cybersecurity Task Force and is Vice Chair of the Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Committee of the ABA’s Public Contracts Law Section.

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