Caroline Krass is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is Chair of the National Security Practice Group and focuses on advising clients on the most complicated and sensitive matters involving national security, intelligence, cybersecurity, data privacy, surveillance, economic sanctions, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), government investigations, and regulatory issues. Ms. Krass served as a senior national security lawyer in the Obama and George W. Bush Administrations and is widely known for her expertise, both in the United States and abroad.
Before joining Gibson Dunn in May 2017, Ms. Krass was appointed to be the General Counsel of the CIA by President Obama, following overwhelming Senate confirmation on a bipartisan basis in March 2014. As General Counsel, she served as the agency’s Chief Legal Officer, principal legal advisor to the CIA Director, and a trusted member of the Senior Leadership Team, overseeing more than 150 attorneys and advising on complex, highly sensitive legal and policy issues, including cybersecurity and privacy, foreign investment in the U.S. and export controls, government investigations and litigation, crisis management, and congressional relations. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Krass served as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and before that, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Department of Justice, providing legal advice to the Attorney General, the White House Counsel, the National Security Council Legal Adviser, and senior officials at other executive branch agencies on a wide range of complex and significant constitutional, statutory, and regulatory questions.
Ms. Krass served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Office of White House Counsel from 2009 to 2010. During this time, she dually served as the Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. From 2007 to 2009, she served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in the National Security Section. Before that, she served as Special Assistant to the Department of the Treasury’s General Counsel, as an Attorney-Advisor at the State Department, and as Senior Counsel and an Attorney-Advisor in OLC.
Ms. Krass currently serves on the CIA General Counsel’s External Advisory Board and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. She holds a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. She received a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Yale Law School. Ms. Krass clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.