With experience in government and the private sector, Paul brings in-depth knowledge of cyber and physical security, internal investigations, law enforcement and national security to every client matter.
Paul is a partner in the firm’s Washington office. He co-chairs the firm’s multidisciplinary cyber and physical security task force and its energy sector security team, and assists clients from a wide range of sectors with security, law enforcement, electronic surveillance and privacy issues.
Paul regularly advises companies on risk management, preparedness, cyber incident response, compliance, litigation, policy and legislation.
Prior to joining Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Paul served as special counsel and then senior counselor for cybersecurity and technology to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller.
In that position, he advised the FBI Director on programmatic, policy and legal issues relating to cyber, counterintelligence and counter-terrorism. He also represented the FBI in senior-level discussions with other agencies, the White House, Congress and industry.
Paul previously served on the US Senate Judiciary Committee as counsel to the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Richard J. Durbin, where he wrote legislation and provided advice on criminal and national security issues.
He is a former Assistant US Attorney in the District of Maryland, where he prosecuted all manner of criminal violations and oversaw cyber crime and IP cases.
Paul began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Schroeder of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then served as a trial lawyer in the honors program of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
In between stints in the government, he was in private practice at a large law firm handling civil and criminal litigation matters involving complex technology.
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