Kroll Appoints Daniel (“DJ”) Rosenthal Associate Managing Director, Investigations and Disputes Practice
January 26, 2016
Senior White House, Department of Justice, and Intelligence Community Legal Counsel and Counterterrorism and Cyber Programs Official Brings First-Hand Knowledge of Administration National Security Priorities
NEW YORK – January 25, 2016 – Kroll (“the Company”), a global leader in investigations, risk mitigation, compliance, security, and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of Daniel (“DJ”) Rosenthal as Associate Managing Director in the Investigations and Disputes Practice. Rosenthal will be a member of Kroll’s Washington, D.C. office.
A well-known and highly respected senior leader in the Obama Administration, Rosenthal most recently served as a White House counterterrorism and cybersecurity official, where he regularly advised the President, the National Security Advisor, and other senior Administration officials on a range of critical national security matters, including emerging cyber threats and the expanded use by the private sector of new encryption technologies. In his role as Director for Counterterrorism, Rosenthal was responsible for the U.S. government’s response to numerous threats and policy challenges posed by international terrorism, including various high-stakes and extremely sensitive operational matters. Rosenthal was also responsible for advancing one of the President’s most publicly debated policy priorities – the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Prior to his service at the White House, Rosenthal served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, where he regularly advised the Attorney General and others on a range of sensitive national security matters. In that role, Rosenthal helped develop and manage the U.S. government’s response to the unauthorized disclosures of government surveillance programs in 2013, including with regard to policy debates concerning the future of government surveillance, litigation challenging the legality of the programs, and intense public, congressional, and governmental scrutiny and criticism. Rosenthal was asked to lead a team of officials to develop, for the President, a comprehensive analysis of alternatives to the National Security Agency’s “bulk telephone metadata” program that appropriately balanced national security and privacy and civil liberties. “I was honored to be charged with this monumental task,” said Rosenthal, which culminated in the President’s decision to support an alternative that addressed numerous privacy and civil liberties concerns. President Obama’s decision was ultimately embodied in the USA FREEDOM Act. “I look forward to bringing the same levels of discipline and intellectual rigor that I brought in service of the President to address the needs of my private sector clients,” Rosenthal added.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Rosenthal served as a senior legal counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the activities and budgets of the 17 departments and agencies that comprise the United States Intelligence Community. There, he gained significant insight into the inner working of the government’s national security apparatus, including its decision-making with regard to engagements with the private sector and its interactions with Congress.
Early in his legal career, Rosenthal clerked for the Honorable Judge Alan Kay and the Honorable Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He later was a senior associate in the securities enforcement and litigation practice at the law firm of WilmerHale, in Washington, D.C., where he advised and managed internal investigations on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, large banking institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds, and private individuals in crisis response relating to congressional and regulatory scrutiny of their business practices during the financial crisis of 2007-2008.
Rosenthal serves on the faculty of the University of Maryland’s Honors College, where he developed and teaches an award-winning course on national security dilemmas, which covers numerous national security topics including efforts to safeguard classified information from leaks and other insider threats, and cybersecurity. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Honors College, and earned his Juris Doctor at the George Washington University Law School.
“DJ’s unique set of experiences will prove an invaluable asset to our global clients who face daily challenges in the areas of cybersecurity, internal investigations, and privacy. I am excited to have DJ as a part of the Kroll team,” said Bill Nugent, North America Regional Managing Director, Investigations and Disputes practice.
“DJ brings extraordinary experience and demonstrated judgment to Kroll. Over the entirety of his career, he has successfully handled and managed complex legal, regulatory, and crisis management related matters of national significance. His performance in both government and the private sector has been consistent and exceptional,” said David Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Risk Holdings, Kroll’s parent company.
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