Carrie Cordero, CIPP/US, focuses her Washington, D.C. practice on national security law, homeland security law, and related privacy and security matters.
Ms. Cordero spent the first part of her career in public service, most recently as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, in 2009. In that capacity, she provided counsel on the National Security Act, the USA Patriot Act, and other relevant laws and executive orders, while serving as co-chair of an interagency group established by the Director of National Intelligence to improve processes related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). From 2007-2009, Ms. Cordero served in a joint duty capacity as a Senior Associate General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where she worked on the legislation, implementation and oversight of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. At the ODNI, she also served as the legal advisor to the National Counterproliferation Center, as an advisor to senior leadership on civil liberties law and policy, and as an interagency coordinator of sensitive national security prosecutions.
Previously, Ms. Cordero was an Attorney Advisor at the Department of Justice from 2003-2007, where she worked with the FBI and other Intelligence Community agencies on critical counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, and appeared frequently before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas in the General Crimes unit. Ms. Cordero joined the attorney staff of the Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program in 2003.
Ms. Cordero is a frequent speaker on national security issues, including at the Brookings Institution, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Stanford Law School, University of Texas, New York University and American University. She has been featured in various media outlets, including CBS News, Fox News, Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera, NPR, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the National Law Journal. She has been a guest on a number of public radio programs. She has had op-eds published in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and is a Contributing Editor of Lawfare.
Ms. Cordero has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law since August 2010. She also served as the Law Center's Director of National Security Studies from November 2011-June 2015. Ms. Cordero testified twice before the Senate Judiciary Committee on surveillance reform issues. She has also completed training by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a participant in the Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Foundry, an initiative to prepare women executives for board service. Ms. Cordero is currently an elected Director of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC); was an Advisory Board Member for the 2016 Leadership Summit for Women in National Security Careers, hosted by Working Mother Media; and was a Member of the Planning Committee of the 2015 Homeland Security Law Institute, sponsored by the ABA.
She first joined the Department of Justice in 1997 as a legal assistant in the Antitrust Division, where she worked on merger reviews involving the airline, oil & gas, and agriculture industries. She began working in the national security component of the Department in January 2000, while attending law school at night. In that capacity, among other things, Ms. Cordero served as a liaison to the FBI's Strategic Information Operations Center in the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Ms. Cordero earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Washington College of Law, American University. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and Maryland.