April F. Doss has rejoined Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP as a partner and chair of its cybersecurity and privacy practice and will work out of the firm’s Baltimore and Washington offices.
Doss returns after from a one-year engagement serving as senior minority counsel for the Russia investigation being conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In this role, she served as lead Democratic counsel for the committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in 2016, Doss served as the associate general counsel for intelligence law at the National Security Agency, where she gained significant experience with legal issues relating to big data, including privacy and compliance programs, particularly within the telecommunications, technology and defense sectors of the economy. Over the course of her career at the NSA, she managed operations; oversaw a complex, multi-site compliance program; and served as part of the senior management team for NSA’s new technology development.
Doss is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is both a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
ABOUT APRIL F. DOSS
Annapolis, but I still think of Baltimore, where I grew up, as my hometown
Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law; Master of Fine Arts from Goucher College; Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Yale University.
What drew you to wanting to take a role in the alleged Russian election interference investigation?
I’d spent years working in the intelligence community, and when the reports began to surface about Russia’s attempts to influence the U.S. political process, I was appalled. To be clear, I don’t view this through a partisan lens at all – I see Russia’s actions as one of the most significant threats to our democracy in years. It was a privilege to get to play a small role in attempting to investigate and uncover what happened so that our nation can be better prepared to counter similar attacks, from any adversary, in the future.
If you had not chosen law as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?
I would be a writer – of novels, nonfiction, travel writing. Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to bridge the divides that separate people, and reading other people’s stories is one of the most effective ways to broaden our own horizons. Growing up, I didn’t know anyone who wrote for a living, and I couldn’t imagine how that would be possible. But I knew lawyers and saw that they have countless opportunities to do good in the world. So I was happy to have the opportunity to do that instead.
Our family lived for several years in Europe, where we had the opportunity to take some extraordinary trips. We’ve been on safari in Kenya, walked through ancient temples in Egypt, and thrown snowballs outside the Coliseum in Rome. All of those adventures brought us closer together as a family and gave us a better appreciation for how rich human history is, how many different cultural perspectives there are, and how many places of breathtaking beauty there are in the natural world.
When I want to relax, I … :
Spend time in, on, or near the water. Annapolis is a great town for that. Maryland has some of the most scenic waterways in the country, and whether I’m kayaking or paddleboarding or boating on them, or swimming in them, or just watching the wind move over the top of the water, being near the water is my favorite place to be.
Favorite book and music:
It’s hard to pick just one! But if I were stranded on a desert island with just one series of books and one artist’s music, I’d have to pick Harry Potter and Bruce Springsteen. The books’ story of courage, loyalty to loved ones and personal sacrifice in the face of evil is a timeless and inspiring one, and “The Boss” might be America’s greatest living poet, making so many facets of the American – and human – experience accessible by setting them to music that speaks to both heart and soul.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, so long as ever you are able” — John Wesley