National Security Council and Department of Homeland Security Privacy and Cybersecurity Adviser Steven G. Stransky Joins Thompson Hine

Date: November 30, 2017

Publication: Thompson Hine

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Steven G. Stransky has joined Thompson Hine LLP as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity and Business Litigation groups.

Stransky joins Thompson Hine after serving in various positions in the security and privacy space with the federal government over the last 10 years. His positions included Deputy Legal Adviser, White House National Security Council; Senior Counsel, Intelligence Law Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Senior Adviser for Counterterrorism Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State, Office of Iraqi Affairs.

Before relocating to Cleveland, Stransky served as a Deputy Legal Adviser to the president’s National Security Council, where he counseled White House officials on developing national security policies and programs, including those concerning defensive cybersecurity response operations; intelligence and surveillance; and information sharing with foreign partners and the private sector. He also helped coordinate the development of the government’s litigation strategy for civil and criminal cases related to homeland security operations.

During his seven years with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Stransky served for over four years as Senior Counsel in the DHS Intelligence Law Division in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the department’s foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities to ensure compliance with federal and international privacy laws and regulations and analyzed and audited DHS’s cyber-related intelligence activities, including the production of cybersecurity threat assessments and breach response recommendations for the private sector. He began his career at DHS headquarters as a senior adviser for counterterrorism policy; in this role, he assisted in developing U.S. government and DHS internal policies concerning information collection, retention and dissemination, including for programs related to cyber defense.

Stransky’s government experience also encompasses approximately two years as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Iraq Affairs, where he developed and implemented U.S. foreign policy related to Iraq’s federal and provincial political activities, coordinated and developed international agreements with the Iraqi government, and provided guidance on legislative proposals concerning Iraq and the Middle East.

“When I decided to move to private practice, I looked at a number of law firms, and Thompson Hine was the clear choice for me,” said Stransky. “I was especially impressed by the firm’s nationally and internationally recognized Privacy & Cybersecurity practice and its commitment to providing efficient, transparent service and exceptional value to clients.”

“Steven’s experience will be invaluable to our clients as they navigate the constantly evolving and complicated laws and regulations governing information privacy and cybersecurity,” said Tom Zych, leader of Thompson Hine’s Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. “He was instrumental in developing federal privacy and cybersecurity policy, and his firsthand experience and deep practical understanding builds on our strong capabilities and will put us in a unique position to provide our clients with the best possible advice.”
Also an adjunct law professor, Stransky currently teaches “National Security Law” at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and will teach “Foreign Affairs Law” at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in the spring.

Stransky received his LL.M. in National Security Law, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D. from the University of Akron C. Blake McDowell Law Center and his B.A. from The Ohio State University. Stransky is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G) within the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Thompson Hine’s Privacy & Cybersecurity practice is an interdisciplinary group of lawyers, including Certified Information Privacy Professionals, with experience in complex national and international issues related to privacy, data protection, information security, records retention, employment and labor law, consumer protection, internet law, insurance law and intellectual property matters. The group provides strategic counseling, regulatory compliance and litigation services to clients in a wide range of industries, with a keen eye on business information needs, and helps companies develop and implement global privacy and data protection programs and strengthen their strategic use of competitively critical data. They also advise on structuring cyber insurance programs and on insurance recovery for cyber-related claims.