David Turetsky has 35 years of experience as a senior leader, lawyer, manager and problem-solver, achieving a record of innovation and accomplishment in business, government, law firm practice and now academia. He is currently Professor of Practice at the Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, in Albany, NY. He is also an affiliated faculty member at Albany Law School. He sometimes assists clients as well. Earlier, at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington DC, he was a partner and co-leader of the firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection practice. His work at Akin won professional recognition from organizations such as Legal 500 US, and he was recognized as a Top Author in JD Supra's 2015 Reader's Choice Awards. As a partner in another global law firm earlier, he held antitrust practice group leadership positions, helped secure major benefits for clients as a litigator and counselor, and earned recognition from organizations such as Legal 500 US and Best Lawyers in America, and an Institute of Competition Law writing prize. He has more than 20 years of experience in major law firm practice.
In business, he served as a senior lawyer/officer and regulatory and public policy leader in a telecom services company and helped bring it public. Later, in private law practice, during the Bush Administration, he was appointed twice for six-month periods by federal courts and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve as Management Trustee, successfully running competitive mobile wireless businesses in a total of 20 rural markets, until divested to satisfy merger consent decree conditions.
In government, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust (for Civil and Regulatory) in the U.S. Dep't of Justice during the Clinton Administration. He oversaw U.S. and int'l antitrust enforcement matters, primarily in regulated industries, involving conduct and transactions, and competition policy such as DOJ's work with the Administration and Congress on the Telecom Act of 1996. In the Obama Administration, he served as Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, responsible for a staff of about 115 in three facilities, and the FCC's 24/7 Operations Center. He led the FCC's work to make people safer through reliable, resilient and secure state-of-the-art communications, particularly cybersecurity, 911 emergency communications, emergency alerting, disaster communications, FirstNet, etc. He also led the FCC's work on cybersecurity in White House-led and other interagency groups. As Deputy Chief of the FCC's Int'l Bureau, worked on int'l disasters and helped lead efforts to improve the "Team Telecom" process. He held TS/SCI clearances at the FCC and the DOJ.
David Turetsky has a B.A from Amherst College, magna cum laude, studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law, where he won the Hinton Moot Court competition. He has held numerous ABA Section of Antitrust Law committee leadership positions, currently is a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, and is the co-leader of the Privacy and Security Working Group of the standards organization for information sharing and analysis organizations established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pursuant to an executive order issued by President Obama.