David Kris


David Kris brings more than 25 years of experience in both the private sector and government, having worked as a federal prosecutor, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at a Fortune 50 public company, and as the most senior national security official at the U.S. Department of Justice.

He has served as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to the national counterterrorism and counterespionage programs, and for providing legal oversight of intelligence activities conducted by executive branch agencies.

Prior to that, he was deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Time Warner Inc., as well as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He currently teaches national security law at the University of Washington School of Law.  Mr. Kris began his career with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1992 through its Honors Program, serving first as an attorney in the criminal division and then as associate deputy attorney general.

From March 2011 through June 2017, Mr. Kris served as executive vice president and general counsel at Intellectual Ventures, where he is currently an advisor.

Mr. Kris is the author or co-author of several works on national security law, including the treatise National Security Investigations and Prosecutions (2nd ed., 2012). He has testified numerous times before Congress and been a speaker or panelist at events sponsored by various organizations, including several law schools, the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, the American Bar Association and the RAND Corporation.

Mr. Kris received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He is a former law clerk to Judge Stephen Trott of the Ninth Circuit.