About Brock Dahl
Brock is a partner in our Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley offices, where he focuses on guiding clients through complex cybersecurity, advanced technology development, data privacy and strategy, and regulatory issues. Brock is also head of our US Fintech practice.
Brock brings cutting-edge technology, cyber and data experience to the firm after spending several years with the National Security Agency (NSA) and earlier years in Silicon Valley. In his most recent position of Deputy General Counsel, Operations at the NSA, he advised the NSA’s leadership on how to achieve their mission objectives within the boundaries of state, federal, and international cyber, privacy, and national security laws. He has a deep understanding of advanced technologies and how to manage the legal and practical challenges that they raise and has been at the forefront of the government’s response to many of the most significant, global cyber incidents in recent years.
Prior to serving as counsel at the NSA, Brock practiced at international law firms, where he counseled on data privacy, cybersecurity, government investigations and white-collar defense, and transactional issues. Brock also held several positions at the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he advised on a range of issues relating to banking and payments infrastructure, macroeconomic stability in rapidly evolving markets, and organized criminality in emergent marketplaces.
Brock has authored pieces and often speaks publicly on legal strategy regarding a variety of national security, cybersecurity, crypto and fintech topics. He has also authored a fiction novel on pre-civil war Lebanon, titled The Third Force.
Brock’s experience includes advising on:
- Complex cybersecurity and national security law issues
- Cyber incident response
- Fintech capability development
- Crypto asset analytics
- Internal investigations
- Litigation and enforcement issues
- Transactional matters
- NIST Draft Info-Sharing Guide Advances Cybersecurity Debate, Law360 (Nov. 2014)
- SEC Staff Provides Guidance on Disclosure Obligations Relating to Cybersecurity Risks and Cyber Incidents, Financial Fraud Law Report(Jan. 2012)
- Article focusing on steps necessary to fight foreign economic espionage co-authored with an In-Q-Tel CIO Dan Geer – Lawfare Blog (May 2012)
- The Third Force. Dahl, Brock. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2017)
- Terms of Moral Intervention: The Perils of Power and Profit, Essay in Public Discourse, the journal of The Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University (Nov. 2011)
- Closing the Transition Gap: The Rule of Law Imperative in Stabilization Environments, Kauffman Foundation’s Expeditionary Economics Research Series(Aug. 2011)
- The Quiet Enemy: Defeating Corruption and Organized Crime, Military Review (March-April 2010)
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, With Honors
- Masters of Philosophy, University of Oxford, St. Anthony’s College
- B.A., The George Washington University, School of Business, summa cum laude
- Superior Civilian Service Medal (2021)
- Defense Intelligence Senior Level (2019)
- Presidential Merit Scholar, The George Washington University Law School
- Arthur C. Helton Fellow – American Society of International Law (2010)
- Shapiro Fellow – The University of Oxford
- David L. Boren Scholar - National Security Education Program
- Washington, D.C.