Steven R. Chabinsky

Retired Partner of Counsel, Washington, DC


Described as “One of the Most Influential People in Security,” Steven Chabinsky is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and serves as a trusted authority in cybersecurity.


Steve advises domestic and international businesses on the wide range of data and network security compliance and risk management issues that enterprises face globally.

Clients benefit from Steve's extensive private sector and government experience focused on cybersecurity risks. His expertise includes cyber preparedness, incident response, information governance, data privacy, data breach regulatory response, government and internal investigations, reputation management, and the cybersecurity fiduciary duties of directors and officers.

A distinguished and trusted authority in the technology industry, Steve has dedicated nearly his entire career to cybersecurity. He has helped shape many of the nation's significant cyber and infrastructure protection strategies, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (2008). His impressive track record includes leading national intelligence efforts to coordinate, monitor and provide guidance with respect to America's national cyber strategy. In 2016, Steve was Presidentially appointed to the White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The Commission provided recommendations to the President to strengthen cybersecurity in the public and private sectors, while protecting privacy, fostering innovation and ensuring economic and national security. 

Steve also is the cyber columnist for Security magazine.

Prior to joining White & Case, Steve served as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for an international cybersecurity technology firm, where he led the company's legal, privacy and risk programs and advised clients and their counsel on ways to protect their networks from being hacked and to respond effectively in the event of a data breach.

Before working in the private sector, Steve served as Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI's Cyber Division, after having organized and led its Cyber Intelligence program and after having served as the FBI's top cyber lawyer. He also served as the senior cyber advisor to the United States Director of National Intelligence.

Prior to his work with the FBI, Steve held a clerkship with the Honorable Dennis Jacobs in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar
Duke University School of Law
Duke University


Member, United States Department of Homeland Security  Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (2017 – present)

Testified before the United States Senate, "Cyber Threats Facing America: An Overview of the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape" (2017)

Appointed Commissioner, President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (2016)

Member, Commission on Cybersecurity for the 45th Presidency, Center for Strategic and International Studies (2016)

Testified before the United States Senate, "Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Cyber Risks to Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure." (2014)

Testified before the United States House of Representatives: "Can Technology Protect Americans from International Cybercriminals?" (2014)

Testified before the United States Senate, "Cybersecurity: Preventing Terrorist Attacks and Protecting Privacy Rights in Cyberspace." (2009)

Served in the White House Transition Planning Office for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (2002–2003)

Led the FBI's national expansion and development of InfraGard, a critical infrastructure partnership between the government and the private sector (1998)

Speaking Engagements

"How the Next President Will Deal with Obama's Cybersecurity Legacy?", May 17–18, 2016: BankInfoSecurity Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit 2016, Tysons Corner, VA

"Inside Today's FBI: Tales from the Dark Web", January 21, 2016: Newseum

"Top Ten Cybersecurity Myths: A Challenge to Conventional Wisdom" , September 1, 2015: Information Systems Security Association Mid-Atlantic Security Conference, Gettysburg, MD

"Privacy and Security Roundtable" , September 16, 2014: 5th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit, Washington, DC

"Chinese Hackers and Cyberattacks", July 29, 2014: CBC News Network, The National, with Ian Hanomansing

"Why Are Hackers Targeting Retailers?", January 13, 2014: Fox Business

"Cybersecurity Strategy – Why We’re Losing and What’s Needed to Win", October 22, 2013: cybergamut Technical Tuesdays

"War Game: Cyber Attack Scenario", October 3, 2013: The Washington Post Live's Cybersecurity Summit

"Stock Exchanges at Risk from Cyber Attacks?", July 17, 2013: Fox Business

"Companies Look to Government for Help in Dealing with Cyberattacks", March 16, 2013: CBS Evening News


Game Time: The Role of Special Teams in Incident Response, Security, November 1, 2016

The Case for Lawyers as Cyber Risk Leaders, Today's General Counsel, December/January 2016

Making Sense of Data Privacy CLAUSES, Security, December 1, 2015

Opinion: Timing is everything for securing wireless communications, The Christian Science Monitor, July 13, 2015

Adjust Your Cyber Insurance Expectations, Security, June 1, 2015

The Top 10 Cybersecurity Myths, Part 2, Security, May 1, 2015

The Top 10 Cybersecurity Myths, Part 1, Security, April 1, 2015

Advising Lawyers on Technology?, CIOReview, December 2014

Improving Network Security and Efficiency with the Cloud, Security, November 1, 2014

Cybersecurity Strategy: A Primer for Policy Makers and Those on the Front Line, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, August 13, 2010

Awards and Recognition

Wash100 Inductee as Cybersecurity Business, Policy and Thought Leader, Executive Mosaic and GovConExec, 2014

National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Director of National Intelligence, 2012

Public/Private Sector Partnership Award, Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), 2012

Most Influential People in Security, Security Magazine, 2012

Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, President of the United States, 2010

National Security Agency Bronze Medallion, Director, National Security Agency, 2009