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Richard W. Downing

Speaker Biography

Richard W. Downing

Richard W. Downing was selected to serve as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, in September 2015.  Mr. Downing previously served as Principal Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.  During his tenure, he supervised the prosecution of hacking, identity theft, and intellectual property crimes, oversaw policy and litigation governing the constitutional and statutory rules for the collection of electronic evidence, and supervised the development of international law enforcement cooperation related to cybercrime and intellectual property crime.  

Mr. Downing joined the Department of Justice in 1999. Prior to that, he served for seven years as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. He graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992 and received a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1989. 

Bio last updated April 21, 2016

Appearances

  • To Pay, Or Not To Pay – Living in the Age of Ransomware, November 14, 2016
  • Encryption: Balancing Privacy, Security and Law Enforcement Needs, April 22, 2016
  • Revising The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA): Should Congress Require a Warrant?, April 25, 2014