Associate Deputy Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice
Brendan Groves serves as an Associate Deputy Attorney
General in the U.S. Department of Justice.
In that role, he advises the Deputy Attorney General and other senior
officials on sensitive and complex national security matters.
Brendan also oversees the Justice Department’s efforts
relating to drones. A recognized thought
leader on drone law and policy, Brendan regularly speaks at conferences and events
across the country. Brendan led the
federal government’s legal effort to address drone threats as the Chairman of
the Interagency Legal Working Group on Countering Unmanned Aircraft. He served as the principal drafter of, and
advocate for, legislation to authorize the Justice Department to counter drone
threats in the United States. Congress
passed that pioneering piece of legislation in October 2018. In 2071, Brendan held a leadership position
on the Aviation Rulemaking Committee charged with advising FAA leadership on
the development of standards to remotely identify drones.
Previously, Brendan held other roles in the Justice
Department, including Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy and Attorney
Advisor in the National Security Division. Before joining the Justice Department, he clerked
for the Honorable Janice Rogers Brown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit. He also served
as the Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the National Security Agency, where
he advised senior officials on high-level cybersecurity and intelligence matters. Brendan began his legal career as an Air
Force Judge Advocate General. During his
military service, he prosecuted complex criminal cases, including murder and
breaches of classified information; led other prosecutors as the chief of
military justice for a large installation; advised pilots of manned and
unmanned aircraft on the Law of Armed Conflict; and deployed to Afghanistan
with joint special operations forces.
Outside of the office, Brendan is a Professorial Lecturer in
Law at George Washington University Law School, co-teaching a semester-long
course on Cybersecurity Law and Policy. Brendan
has received the Bronze Star Medal, the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for
Excellence from the Justice Department’s National Security Division, the NSA
Director’s Award, and two national awards from the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence, including the National Intelligence Community Junior
Attorney of the Year. Brendan is a
graduate of Yale Law School and Pepperdine University, summa cum laude.
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