Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Luke Dembosky

  • Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice

Luke Dembosky joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in March 2016 after serving as deputy assistant attorney general for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he oversaw DOJ’s first national security cyber portfolio. Dembosky was the senior DOJ official on the Target Corporation, Sony Pictures, The Home Depot, Anthem, Inc., and the United States Office of Personnel Management data breaches, among many others, and received the attorney general’s Distinguished Service Award for leading the GameOver Zeus botnet takedown. Over 14 years with DOJ, he served in various roles, including as deputy chief for litigation in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section; DOJ representative at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, Russia; and federal cybercrime prosecutor in Pittsburgh. His prosecutions included U.S. v. Max Ray Vision, featured in the books Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-dollar Cybercrime Underground and DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia  and on the first episode of American Greed to feature a cyber case. He participated in the negotiation of a 2013 cyber accord with Russia and the historic five-point agreement signed by President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China in 2015. At Debevoise, Dembosky advises companies on managing cyber risks, responding to cyber incidents, and handling related litigation matters. He recently was named by The National Law Journal to its list of “Cyber Security Trailblazers.”