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Alejandro N. Mayorkas *

Partner

Ali Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas represents clients in civil litigation and internal investigations, and augments the firm's formidable strengths in strategic counseling, crisis management and national security, with a particular focus on cybersecurity.

Mr. Mayorkas previously served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, where he managed some of the most complex and critical responsibilities of government, including preventing and responding to terrorist attacks on US soil, enforcing the nation's immigration laws, enhancing both the government's and the private sector's cybersecurity, facilitating lawful trade and travel, and helping stricken communities recover from disasters. For his service as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr. Mayorkas received the Department's Distinguished Service Award, its highest civilian honor; the US Coast Guard's Distinguished Service Award; a special commendation from the National Security Agency for his achievements in national security and, specifically, cybersecurity; and numerous additional awards and commendations. 

Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary, Mr. Mayorkas served as Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the largest legal immigration system in the world. There, he realigned the agency's organizational structure, including the creation of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate to more effectively prioritize the agency's national security responsibilities. He also implemented a series of transformative initiatives, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, the Citizenship Awareness Initiative, and the Entrepreneurs in Residence program. Prior to leading the agency, Mr. Mayorkas led the US Department of Justice Criminal Division's Transition Team for President-Elect Barack Obama. 

Mr. Mayorkas previously served as US Attorney for the Central District of California, where he oversaw prosecutions of national significance, including the investigation and prosecution of financial fraud, public corruption, cybercrime, international money laundering, and immigration fraud. After leaving the US Attorney's Office, Mr. Mayorkas developed a civil litigation and internal investigations practice representing a wide range of corporate clients across the country. 

As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Mayorkas was the Obama Administration's highest ranking Cuban American and was named to Latino Leaders' 2015 list of the nation's most influential Latinos. In 2008, The National Law Journal recognized him as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”


*Admitted to practice only in California. Supervision by members of the firm who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2007-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation
  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his cyber law practice
  • Named to Latino Leaders' 2015 list of the nation's most influential Latinos 
  • Recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal  in 2008

Publications & News

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September 5, 2017

DACA Revoked, What Should the US Do for Young Undocumented Immigrants?

Partner Alejandro Mayorkas shares his reaction with PBS NewsHour about the Trump Administration's move to rescind the DACA program.

June 15, 2017

US Chamber Announces Alejandro Mayorkas as Chair of Cyber Leadership Council

The Council serves as a forum for businesses to openly discuss cybersecurity policy and practices, direct Chamber advocacy and education efforts, and serve as a key voice of industry for dialogue with policymakers.

April 19, 2017

President Trump Signs Buy American and Hire American Executive Order

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an important executive order promoting “Buy American” and “Hire American” policies.

March 8, 2017

President Trump Signs Revised Immigration Executive Order

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a substantially narrowed version of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”

February 10, 2017

Beverly Hills Weekly Interviews Alejandro Mayorkas

Partner Alejandro Mayorkas shares his career experiences as the former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security and discusses the changes the department went through during the Obama Administration.

January 31, 2017

False Claims Act: 2016 Year-in-Review

In 2016, the Department of Justice continued to give high priority to False Claims Act investigations and prosecutions. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report.

January 17, 2017

POLITICO Pro Q&A: Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas spoke with POLITICO about his experience at the Department of Homeland Security and what he sees as the biggest cybersecurity challenges.

October 5, 2016

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Joins WilmerHale

Mr. Mayorkas brings a wealth of experience in both public service and the private sector that aligns precisely with clients' needs.

Professional Activities

Mr. Mayorkas will serve as Chairmain of the US Chamber of Commerce's Cyber Leadership Council, beginning in July 2017. The Cyber Leadership Council serves as a forum for businesses to openly discuss cybersecurity policy and practices, direct Chamber advocacy and education efforts, and serve as a key voice of industry for dialogue with policymakers.