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Brian S. Williams
Senior Advisor
Washington 1 202 662 5270 bwilliams@cov.com Download V-card

Brian Williams advises on the U.S. national security review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as related reviews conducted by the informal interagency working group known as Team Telecom.

Mr. Williams, a non-lawyer, draws on over 20 years of public and private sector experience advising on issues at the intersection of national security, technology, and law. He is the principal architect of the risk framework that has become the de facto standard for all risk assessments conducted by CFIUS and Team Telecom, and has counseled the most senior officials of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security on how to assess and address potential national security risks posed by foreign investment.

Previous Experience

  • CENTRA Technology, Inc., Director of Transactional Risk (2005-2017)
  • Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel, Intelligence, Honors Legal Intern (2003)
  • applEcon, LLC, Staff Analyst (2001-2003)
  • United States Air Force, Intelligence Officer, Active Duty (1995-2000)