Ali Mayorkas

Alejandro N. 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 (DACA), 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, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), public corruption, cybercrime, international money laundering, and immigration fraud. He was promoted to the Senate-confirmed position of US Attorney after having served for nearly nine years as an Assistant US Attorney specializing in the prosecution of financial 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.”

Professional Activities

Mr. Mayorkas serves as Chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce's Cyber Leadership Council. 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. 


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
  • Selected as a member of Lawdragon magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America" list in 2017, which recognizes lawyers who have made extraordinary contributions to the US legal profession
  • Recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal in 2008

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