Eric Broxmeyer is a Senior Fellow in the Tech, Law, and Security Program at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he assists with projects involving national security, technology, and privacy. He also studies the interplay between law and bureaucracy.
He is the former Executive Director and General Counsel of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan federal agency that reviews Executive Branch counterterrorism actions to ensure balance with privacy and civil liberties concerns. As General Counsel from April 2015 to April 2021, he served as the chief legal officer for the Board, providing legal, policy, and ethics advice to Board Members and staff. As Executive Director from April 2020 to April 2021, he also served as the senior career official implementing the Board’s oversight agenda and supervising mission staff on Board projects.
From September 2012 to April 2015, he was a Senior Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Prior to that, he was an Assistant General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency from June 2008 to June 2012, where he handled a variety of criminal, civil, and administrative matters that involved appearing ex parte before courts, protecting classified information, and engaging in the interagency process. From November 2005 to June 2008, he was an Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. He served as a law clerk to Judge Robert J. Timlin of the Central District of California from September 2004 to August 2005.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2004. During law school, he had externships with Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the Northern District of California, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California. He was a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of California from August 2000 to September 2001. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2000. During college, he interned with Senator Richard G. Lugar and the Brookings Institution.