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Lead Senate Investigative Counsel and Prominent Federal Cyber Prosecutor Aaron Cooper Joins Jenner & Block in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC, December 1, 2020 – Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that Aaron R. Cooper, the lead Minority counsel in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation and a former cybercrime prosecutor at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as Special Counsel. He will be a member of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice; its Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice; and its Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.

Mr. Cooper joins the firm after almost a decade in all three branches of the federal government. He most recently served as the lead investigative counsel for the Minority in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s landmark bipartisan investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. In this capacity, he also led the Minority in the Committee’s bipartisan inquiry into the intelligence community’s whistleblowing process and counseled Committee leadership and its members on election security, foreign influence operations, and national security oversight issues.

“Aaron has deep investigative experience in sensitive and high-profile matters involving Congress, DOJ, and other executive branch agencies. His addition to the firm will enhance our ability to help clients – both companies and individuals – navigate complex investigations that have political and geopolitical dimensions,” said Emily Loeb, co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice and former Associate White House Counsel and Acting Chief of Staff of the DOJ Civil Rights Division.

David Bitkower, co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice and chair of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, added, “Businesses are increasingly confronting complex and multifaceted risks that cut across different legal disciplines. Aaron’s extensive work at the forefront of high-profile matters involving cybersecurity, national security, and public policy will provide a tremendous benefit to our clients.”

Before his time in the Senate, Mr. Cooper served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, where he investigated and prosecuted high-tech and intellectual property crimes. In this role, Mr. Cooper also counseled DOJ leadership and investigative agencies across the spectrum of cutting-edge tech law issues, ranging from cybersecurity and encryption to data privacy and cross-border legal disputes. While at DOJ, Mr. Cooper was selected to serve as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2018, he was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his extensive work in support of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (the “CLOUD Act”).

Mr. Cooper joined the Department of Justice in 2013 through its highly selective Honors Program, following clerkships for Judge D. Michael Fisher in the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Ellen L. Hollander in the District Court of Maryland.

“I’m thrilled to join this talented team of lawyers,” said Mr. Cooper. “Jenner & Block is a leader in counseling clients through complex investigations and I look forward to adding my broad experience to its existing ranks of lawyers with deep experience serving in sensitive government roles.”

Outside of his practice, Mr. Cooper has taught courses at Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor of Law focusing on cybercrime and legal writing. A published scholar, he has a forthcoming article on the intersection of government surveillance and congressional investigations in the American University Law Review.

Mr. Cooper earned his JD, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his BA, cum laude, from Princeton University.