Of Counsel
Privacy and Data Protection


Allison Bender is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on privacy and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Allison was an attorney at ZwillGen in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal guidance to technology-focused clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues such as preparedness, risk management, incident response, crisis communications, and public policy. Before joining ZwillGen, Allison was a senior associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she advised a range of clients, from Fortune 50 to emerging start-ups, on legal issues in privacy and cybersecurity incident response, preparedness, risk, and public policy, including national security and critical infrastructure issues.

From 2006 to 2015, Allison was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Office of the General Counsel. In this role, she advised on cybersecurity laws, regulations, and policies. While at DHS, she also advised on technology programs related to international law, compliance and policy, export controls, and the SAFETY Act.

Allison is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, teaching courses concerning national security regulation and cyber law.

Allison is a noted public speaker in the privacy and cybersecurity field, including recently speaking at BlackHat USA 2018 and the International Association of Privacy Professionals 2018 Global Summit. She was also named one of the "Women in Cybersecurity to Follow on Twitter in 2018" by Cybercrime Magazine.

  • LL.M., National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
    With Distinction
  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2003
  • Recipient, OGC Award, for response to cybersecurity incidents involving background investigator contractors, DHS Office of the General Counsel, January 2015
  • Recipient, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Achievement Medal, for various incident response activities, August 2014
  • Recipient, CS&C Award, for legal support in the accreditation, certification, privacy evaluation, and deployment of the first DHX TAXII server, June 2014
  • Recipient, Special Act Award, for negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government for two agreements with Mexico and Israel for science and technology for homeland security and implementation of various requirements for the implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, July 2008
  • Recipient, On-the-Spot Award, for the complex negotiation of four project arrangements with Australia concerning chemical and biological defense research and a general information sharing arrangement, January 2008
  • Recipient, Special Act Award, for negotiating an administratively complex, multimillion-dollar agreement in a mere 51 business days to enable U.S. and Canadian joint efforts to upgrade Transport Canada's airport security protocols, May 2007
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of California

Contact Information

1700 K Street NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-791-8028

Email | Allison

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