April Falcon Doss
Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
April Doss first joined the century-old law firm of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in 2016, but she left for a year to take a rather high-profile temporary job: senior minority counsel for the US. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in its investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
It was another impressive stop in a career in cybersecurity that includes a decade as associate general counsel for Intelligence Law at the National Security Agency, numerous appearances on TV news and mentions in national newspapers, and now, head of cybersecurity and privacy for Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, in Baltimore.
“Like so many Americans, I remember exactly where I was when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 happened,” Doss said. “Not long after that, I applied to work at the National Security Agency. … It’s a tremendous privilege to be able to do any kind of work in service of our country.”
Doss earned her bachelor’s degree at Yale University, her law degree at the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in fine arts at Goucher College.
“When I look back at the end of my career, I hope to be able to say that I’ve done all the good I can, in all the ways and places I can, at all the times I can,” she said. “Whether that’s for our nation or within Maryland, whether it’s through teaching, writing, or practicing law, whether it was leading organizations or serving anonymously within them. “
Doss is not done buffing her resume: Later this year, she will publish a book, “Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care.” The book is due out in October, and Doss described it as her proudest professional accomplishment.