Mr. Leiter has represented numerous clients in reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and assisted clients in matters involving the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Service, export controls, aerospace and defense, government services-related mergers and acquisitions, government contracting, and national security matters involving technology and media companies. He also has extensive experience with cybersecurity preparedness and breach response, both in his private practice and through serving in senior national security positions in the federal government.
His recent transactional experience includes representing, among others:
- Amadeus IT Group in its $1.5 billion acquisition of TravelClick, Inc. from Thoma Bravo, LLC;
- Broadcom Corporation in connection with the CFIUS aspects of its $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems;
- Endgame in its acquisition by Elastic, N.V.;
- Hanwha Aerospace in its acquisition of EDAC;
- MPM Holdings Inc., a global silicones and advanced materials company, in the CFIUS aspects of its $3.1 billion acquisition by SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC Corporation;
- Rockwell Collins in its $30 billion acquisition by United Technologies Corporation;
- Sprint Corporation with the national security aspects of its $59 billion merger with T-Mobile; and
- Thales with the CFIUS aspects of its acquisition of Gemalto.
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Leiter was president of Leidos Defense, a $2.5 billion business unit of Leidos, which provides technology and solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense and allied nations globally. He joined Leidos in 2014 as chief strategy officer and executive vice president for business development and negotiated, among other deals, its acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions business — an approximately $5 billion transaction. Immediately after leaving the government in 2011, he served as head of global government and cyber solutions and senior counselor to the chief executive officer at Palantir Technologies, based in Palo Alto.
Mr. Leiter has served in a number of senior national security positions in the federal government. He was the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) from 2007 until 2011 for both Presidents Bush and Obama, where he led the primary organization in the U.S. government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence, both domestically and overseas. In addition, he reported directly to the president for strategic operational planning of all U.S. counterterrorism activities, to include the integration of military, intelligence, cyber, diplomatic, financial and homeland security programs and operations. In this role and in his private sector capacities, he worked extensively with senior government officials and corporations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia and Africa, and also coordinated global intelligence and law enforcement investigations involving the U.S. and allies around the world.
Before NCTC, Mr. Leiter helped establish the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, serving as its deputy chief of staff responsible for oversight of the U.S. intelligence community, including the CFIUS process and all legislative affairs. He also served as the deputy general counsel and assistant director of the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Mr. Leiter continues to serve as an advisor to multiple organizations in and outside of government, including being the vice chairman of the RAND Corporation’s Board of Trustees, a member of the American Law Institute’s Adviser’s Group on Data Privacy, the Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, the NCTC Director’s Advisory Board, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Advisory Group, and the Columbia University Data and Society Council. He previously served as NBC News’ senior national security, cybersecurity and counterterrorism analyst and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has previously served as a senior adviser to Monument Capital Group (a mid-market private equity firm focused on technology and security); a member of the Board of Directors of GardaWorld Government Services; a member of several National Security Agency (NSA) advisory panels; a member of the National Academies Committee on Responding to Presidential Policy Directive 28; The Feasibility of Software to Provide Alternatives to Bulk Signals Intelligence Collection; a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Defense Industrial Association; and as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at New York University Law School’s Center on Law and Security.
Prior to his work in national security positions, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he investigated and brought to trial a wide range of federal crimes, including racketeering, capital murder and money laundering. Immediately after graduating from law school, Mr. Leiter was a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Before attending law school, Mr. Leiter served as a naval flight officer aboard EA-6B Prowlers, an electronic warfare and signals intelligence carrier-based jet, during which time he participated in combat and peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq.