Travis LeBlanc co-leads Cooley’s global litigation department and the firm’s cyber/data/privacy practice. He is a top authority on cybersecurity, data privacy, telecommunications, and the regulation of emerging and innovative technologies. Drawing on his broad experience in federal and state government, he helps clients manage regulatory and litigation 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 the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state attorneys general. LeBlanc concurrently serves as a Presidentially-nominated and Senate-confirmed Member of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
He was previously the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau Chief and earlier served as senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he oversaw California’s complex litigation and policy in areas such as high-tech crime, cybersecurity, and privacy. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel and was appointed in 2017 as an arbitrator of disputes under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.
LeBlanc clerked for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). A.B., Princeton University; M.P.A., Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., University of Cambridge. Johnathan Smith rejoined the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in July 2021 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
Johnathan previously served in the Civil Rights Division as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General from October 2014 to January 2017.