Faculty: Travis LeBlanc

LeBlanc 150Travis LeBlanc, vice chair of Cooley’s cyber/data/privacy practice, is a leading authority on cybersecurity, data privacy, telecommunications and the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies. Drawing on his broad experience in federal and state government, he helps clients manage litigation and regulatory risk, as well as strategically respond to data breaches, cyberattacks, nation-state attacks, dissemination of stolen data, misinformation campaigns and government enforcement efforts, including those by state attorneys general. In addition to overseeing crisis management, internal investigations and national security matters, Travis advises and counsels clients on complex commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation. The respect and skills Travis has earned during his career have translated into appointments and recommendations across political spectrums, including his selection by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission as an arbitrator for the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework in 2017 and his unanimous US Senate confirmation to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in 2019.

Travis was chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Enforcement Bureau during the Obama administration, where he spearheaded hundreds of enforcement actions involving consumer issues such as false advertising and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), unfair competition, regulatory compliance and fraud, waste and abuse of government programs. He has also worked closely with senior officials at other federal, state and international agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ), all 50 state attorneys general and data protection authorities across the globe.

Travis previously served as a senior adviser to former California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and as special assistant attorney general of California, where he oversaw California’s complex litigation and policy in areas such as technology regulation, high-tech crime, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, healthcare, telecommunications and human trafficking. Prior to this high-profile California role, he served during the Obama administration as an attorney-adviser in the US Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the president, attorney general and executive branch agencies on the constitutionality and legality of the programs and activities of the US government.

With his broad understanding of technology, media and telecommunications, as well as his senior government experience at the national and California levels, Travis is uniquely positioned to advise clients on a wide range of privacy, cybersecurity and information management issues, including cases involving data breaches, class actions and government enforcement actions. As former chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, Travis has assisted clients with federal and state telecommunications needs, including FCC proceedings and regulations, merger reviews, working with Congress and other regulatory agencies on behalf of clients and advocating for emerging and leading technology companies before regulatory bodies. A deep understanding of real-world issues and legal hurdles and solutions helps Travis respond to and favorably resolve governmental inquiries and fact-finding investigations.

His background and leadership roles, as well as his practice at leading law firms in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, have translated into advising global clients with ties both in California and nationally, as well as responding to and finding solutions for novel local, state and federal legal issues. He has also represented companies, boards and individuals on a diverse array of complex and bet-the-company civil litigation, government investigations and white collar matters involving false claims, bid-rigging, patent infringement, trade secrets, bribery, foreign corrupt practices, RICO, off-label advertising, legal malpractice and material support of terrorism.

Travis is a member of the American Law Institute, serves on the board of the Center for Democracy & Technology, on the EPIC advisory board and has affiliations with the UC Hastings Institute for Innovation Law and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he recently helped launch the AGTech Forum. The following is a sample of some of the recent awards and recognitions Travis has received:

  • Top Cyber Lawyer by the Daily Journal, 2019
  • Incident Response 30 by Cybersecurity Docket (lists the 30 best and brightest data breach response lawyers), 2018 & 2019
  • Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s National Institute on Cybersecurity Law, 2018
  • Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute Advisory Board, 2018
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, 2017