Ron Lee advises and represents clients in national security, cybersecurity and privacy, and government contracts matters. A former General Counsel of the US National Security Agency 1994 to 1998 and  Associate Deputy Attorney General of the US Department of Justice 1998-2000, he helps companies and individuals structure, negotiate, and protect their commercial and compliance relationships with key national security and cybersecurity government agencies and customers. He represents clients in compulsory process and voluntary requests for information; big data and privacy, electronic surveillance and computer crime matters; risk management and corporate governance; and security clearance matters.

Selected practice areas:

(a) National security and law enforcement compulsory process and voluntary requests for information;

(b) Complex electronic surveillance, computer crime, and information security and privacy laws and requirements;

(c) Risk management and corporate governance issues arising out of national security and cybersecurity activities; and

(d)  Supply chain security, facility security and personnel security, and classified information matters.

Mr. Lee was Chief of Staff of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1996. He served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens, United States Supreme Court and Judge Abner J. Mikva of the United States Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit.


  • Computer hardware company on management and mitigation of alleged information security vulnerabilities.
  • Public companies in diverse industry sectors on compulsory legal process and voluntary requests for information and assistance received from National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state law enforcement agencies.
  • Private equity fund and information technology companies on US government information security regulatory requirements imposed on regulated entities.
  • Venture capital fund, leading professional services government contractor, and health information technology provider in review and enhancement of information security and information technology management policies.
  • National bank in developing and coordinating with US government customers the privacy and security protections for outsourcing to non-US companies the development and maintenance of software involved in the delivery of services to US government customers.

  • Developer of a mobile monitoring device on collecting and sharing individually-identifiable data; drafted privacy policy to ensure ample disclosure of the extent of monitoring involved, the types of data collected, the uses of the data, and the specific circumstances in which the data are shared.
  • Various clients on issues arising from the dual applicability of US national security laws (USA PATRIOT Act and Arms Export Control Act) and the European Union's Data Protection directive and national implementing legislation.
  • A software services company on the applicability of the Computer Fraud and Abuse and related statutes in connection with a proposed service offering.
  • Private and government entities in use of encryption, information security, computer crime, electronic surveillance, identity theft, and workplace privacy issues.
  • A software company in the defense of a lawsuit brought in a foreign jurisdiction seeking damages for alleged software vulnerabilities.
  • A client in written and oral congressional testimony relating to information security, computer crime, and child online safety issues.
  • A pro bono client as an invited external peer reviewer for a forthcoming National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council report, “Technology, Policy Law and Ethics Regarding Cyberattack,” a ground-breaking study on offensive information warfare by the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit institution that provides science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter.
  • Various companies including financial institutions, a national retailer, and a defense contractor on legal, technological, and policy measures to prepare for, respond to, and recover from breaches of data security caused by loss, theft or other compromise of digital information.
  • The operator of a social network website in preparing terms of use and privacy policy for the website which is focused on a creative community.
  • A software and services company on congressional, regulatory, and government procurement issues related to responsibility and liability for the security and reliability of computer network systems and software.
  • Various businesses on the legality under federal and state law of electronic surveillance and video surveillance measures to protect the employees, visitors, and premises of the business.


Chambers USA
Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide) (2008-2020)
Chambers Global
Privacy & Data Security (USA) (2010-2020)
The Legal 500 US
Cyber Law (including Data Privacy and Data Protection (2016-2019)
Government Contracts (2016-2019)


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1985
  • MPhil, International Relations, Oxford University, 1982, Rhodes Scholar
  • AB, Princeton University, 1980, with highest honors
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • New York
Government & Military Service
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice
  • General Counsel, National Security Agency
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, The Honorable Abner Mikva
  • Supreme Court of the United States, The Honorable John Paul Stevens
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute

  • Former member, Board of Editors, American Lawyer Media's China Trade Law Report

  • Invited inaugural member, Yale Law Journal's Alumni Advisory Board

  • Former member, Executive Board, Yale Law School Association

  • Director, Yale Law Journal Company, Inc., 2008-2015

  • Director, Yale Law Journal Fund, Inc., 2012-2015

  • Adviser to American Law Institute Projects on Government Ethics and on Restatement of the Law Third--Information Privacy Principles

  • Member of Advisory Council to Center on Information Technology Policy, a Joint Center of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

  • Former member, Executive Board, Yale Law School Association

  • Senior Distinguished Adviser, Yale Law Journal Company, Inc., 2015-present


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