Threats to domestic businesses and governments are growing on many fronts. These risks require improved capabilities to protect people and assets from natural disasters and attacks from terrorists, hackers and insiders. Developing such capabilities is especially challenging in the homeland, where the private sector shares security responsibilities with governments due to commercial entities owning the majority of critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications, energy, technology, healthcare and banking. This is further complicated by the myriad of laws promulgated by the various sovereign state and tribal governments who typically have primary responsibility for security in their jurisdictions, with the federal government operating in a supporting role.
Shulman Rogers has significant experience which enables us to help our clients effectively prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from homeland security incidents. We help clients navigate the current laws and procedures affecting security matters, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), national security letters (NSL) and the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). Our team includes attorneys who have held government positions and have operational experience with many of the country’s top security and communications agencies, including:
- DHS/FEMA’s National Response Framework (NRF)
- National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
- DOJ/FBI law enforcement and counter-terrorism activities
- DOD Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) operations
- State emergency management agencies
- National Guards and other responders
We are well versed and knowledgeable in the core areas critical to effective homeland security, thus enabling us to help clients determine how to reduce liabilities, mitigate harms and speed up recovery. Our lawyers bring a wealth of experience and expertise in key areas such as cybersecurity, data security breaches, privacy, national security, crisis management, technology transactions, federal telecommunications laws and regulations and government contracts. Among other services, we negotiate government contracts, license frequencies and IP, counsel on regulatory compliance, obtain agency approvals and certifications, resolve conflicts, facilitate interoperability between communications networks and advocate in rulemaking proceedings. As a full-service international law firm, we also provide additional support in areas such as finance, tax, labor and government affairs.
Our attorneys are well equipped to handle the wide range of issues that can arise in homeland security incidents. Related practice groups that routinely work with our Homeland Security attorneys include: