Allison Bender is a senior associate in Hogan Lovells’ Washington D.C office.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Allison served as a cybersecurity attorney at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she advised the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications on cybersecurity and privacy laws, regulations, and policies.
Allison brings key experience in incident response as well as cybersecurity policy, export controls, information sharing, liability, and incentives. She was primary operational legal counsel for the federal response to the Heartbleed vulnerability, the USIS-KeyPoint data breach, and the Healthcare.gov data breach.
Allison also provided primary counsel to a range of DHS and interagency initiatives to implement Executive Orders 13636 and 13691 as well as Presidential Policy Directive 21. Her leadership experience includes serving as Chair of the Automated Indicator Sharing Privacy & Compliance Working Group. She has the distinction of having reviewed more SAFETY Act applications – over 500 – than any other attorney in the history of the program.
Before focusing on cybersecurity, Allison spent six years at DHS negotiating complex, international and domestic, multimillion dollar research and development agreements in a variety of emerging science and technology areas. She served as Chief Negotiator for the United States Government on nine legally binding international agreements. She led the oversight of $1B+ in DHS activities, leading compliance programs for export controls as well as treaty and regulatory compliance. Allison also spent four years as primary counsel for the SAFETY Act, providing legal advice on legislation that protects companies with antiterrorism technologies, laying the groundwork for many of the policies and procedures for its current operation.
Allison received her L.L.M. in National Security Law, with distinction, from Georgetown University in 2012, a J.D. from Washington & Lee University in 2006, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2003.