Adam Golodner is well recognized for providing high-impact strategic advice and resolving the most complex issues at the intersection of technology, security, privacy, national security, innovation and economics. He has deep experience with global cyber issues facing clients including crisis management, senior-level trusted advisor, data breach response, product and service vulnerability management, product security, compliance, trade and national security, legislation and policy advocacy, Congressional investigations, communications strategy, supply chain security, cloud security, third-party security, and security and privacy due diligence for transactions. He has a global, and holistic view of cybersecurity and privacy issues, formed through over 20 years of cyber and tech leadership positions in industry, government and academia. Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Golodner was an executive at Cisco Systems (where he led global cyber policy for 10 years), an academic at Dartmouth College (Associate Director of the Institute for Security, Technology and Society), and a senior official at the Department of Justice (Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division) and the Department of Agriculture (Deputy Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service). He talks the language of the general counsel, the chief information security officer, and the chief operating officer, and finds strategic fact- and law-based solutions to pressing cyber crisis, litigation, breach, criminal, compliance, governance, and transaction issues. Mr. Golodner understands networks, hardware, software, innovation and standards, and what companies can do to protect their operations, customers, brand, and competitive advantage.

A global leader in cyber issues, Mr. Golodner was named a "Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer" by the National Law Journal in its inaugural 2015 list, a member of the "Incident Response 30" by the Cybersecurity Docket in its inaugural 2016 list, been recognized by Chambers and the Legal 500,  and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, and TIME Magazine. He is also an Executive Fellow at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, and a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) where he co-leads the Cyber and Tech Executive Council.

Having moved the needle on issues at the intersection of business and regulation, Mr. Golodner also advises clients on antitrust, telecoms and regulation, public controversies, and public policy and legislation.

Mr. Golodner is an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason Law School, and recently taught a class on "FinTech and Cybersecurity." He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the University of Colorado Law Review.


  • Mid-sized US financial institution, cybersecurity, litigation, technology, and regulatory strategy to avoid shutdown of electronic banking websites, mobile banking and payments system after security technology vendor gave notice of an action that would cause a shutdown with five-days' notice.
  • Fortune 60 technology company, strategy for product vulnerability disclosure, crisis management, global policymaker advocacy, and internal and external security policy.
  • Fortune 100 technology company, strategy for national security, CFIUS, export control issues for transaction in China.
  • Fortune 130 Global Defense Contractor, issues around product security research, dark web services, and satellite cyber defense.
  • Public Investment Management Company, $900 billion under management, risk and compliance conference presentation on cyber best practices, SEC & CFTC requirements, and data breach preparation and response.
  • Fortune 200 Consumer products company, analysis, strategy and recommendations around the ethical use of data, social media, big data, AI, regulation, and marketing.
  • Large Global Cloud Provider, M&A due diligence on the security, privacy, and regulatory risks with the acquisition of another cloud provider.
  • Public Company, strategy and incident response for multi-million dollar business email compromise.
  • Public company in strategic industry with incident response counseling involving APT attack likely from nation state around data breach, IPR, PII, state data breach, and contract law, with direct and third parties, working with law enforcement and security response contractor.
  • Global digital payments company for transition to use of public cloud for compute and storage, including security, privacy, regulatory and contractual requirements and practices.
  • Major defense contractor on cybersecurity issues.
  • Fortune 100 global company in a strategic industry, and top-to-bottom cyber review, mapping the company's cyber operations against the NIST framework.
  • NYSE-listed company in a significant FTC false advertising matter, and resultant litigation.
  • Investor in a cybersecurity company involving M&A due diligence, security of networks, preparedness, and security of software products.
  • Multinational networking technology company on a range of cyber security and privacy policy matters, including global laws and regulation, impact on products, trade, geopolitics, and ability of the IT industry to innovate.
  • Public company with regard to citizen of nation state insider misappropriation of IPR and also implicating PII, and law enforcement and state breach laws and third parties.


Cloud Security and 3rd-Party Vendor Risk Management
Corporate Information Security CISO Roundtable, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Chicago, IL
New York Amends Its Data Security Breach Notification Law, Enhancing the State's Cybersecurity Framework
CISO Roundtable Kickoff: Information Security in the Digital Age
SDA Bocconi School of Management Atlanta, GA
Allowing Companies to Hack Back: Good Security or Vigilante Justice?
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, DC
FTC Seeks to Update its Safeguards and Privacy Rules


Chambers USA
Nationwide, Privacy & Data Security (2017-2018)
Chambers Global
"Foreign Expert-China" – Nationwide, Privacy & Data Security (USA) (2017)
The Legal 500 US
Cyber Law (2017-2018)


  • JD, University of Colorado Law School, 1985
  • BA, Colorado College, 1981, cum laude
  • District of Columbia
Government & Military Service
  • Chief of Staff and Counselor to Assistant Attorney General Joel I. Klein, DOJ, Antitrust Division
  • Deputy Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, George Mason Law School - recent class on “FinTech and Cybersecurity
  • Fellow, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

  • Fellow, National Security Institute, George Mason Law School
  • Member, Business Executives for National Security (BENS)

  • Member, USSS New York/New Jersey Electronic Crimes Task Force

  • Member, Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE)

  • Member, OECD Security Experts Group, 2013

  • Faculty, Session 381, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • Member, 1999, US Delegation to World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference

  • Member, Telecommunications Committee, as a federal representative, 1994-1997, National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (NARUC)


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