Adam R. Pearlman is a former Associate Deputy General Counsel of the United States Department of Defense. While at DoD, he was agency counsel for complex civil and criminal national security matters in federal and military courts, and led the Supreme Court and appellate unit of the team dedicated to litigating classified counterterrorism cases. He also handled fiscal and appropriations matters concerning Department operations and readiness, including security cooperation programs, as well as proposed acquisition regulations. He previously held several positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and during law school interned in the White House Counsel’s Office under President George W. Bush. He is currently a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. a Special Advisor to the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Practice Group, and a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Africa Law Initiative Council. He is a former vice chairman of the ABA Section of International Law’s committees on national security, and aerospace and defense, and previously served as a liaison to the Board of Directors of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative, and to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
Mr. Pearlman is the Editor-in-Chief of a forthcoming volume on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and has been co-editor of the annually published U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook since 2011. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Harvard National Security Journal, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and Intelligence & National Security. Mr. Pearlman earned his B.A., with honors, from UCLA, and his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he served on the George Washington International Law Review, and the moot court, mock trial, and ADR boards. He also earned a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree from the National Intelligence University, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Judge Allan Kornblum Award for national security law and ethics. He holds certificates in international human rights law from the University of Oxford and in international anti-corruption law from American University’s Washington College of Law.