Brendan M. Groves

Brendan M. Groves
Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Brendan M. Groves serves as the Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, he advises the Deputy Attorney General and other senior officials on sensitive and complex national security matters with domestic and international dimensions.

Mr. Groves also leads the Justice Department’s efforts relating to drones. A recognized thought leader on drone law and policy, he regularly speaks at conferences and events across the country. Mr. Groves has unique expertise on drone security matters, including cybersecurity issues. He led the legal effort to address drone threats across the federal government as the Chairman of the Interagency Legal Working Group on Countering Unmanned Aircraft. Mr. Groves also served as the principal drafter of, and advocate for, legislation to authorize the Justice Department to counter drone threats in the United States. Congress passed this pioneering piece of legislation in October 2018.

Previously, he served in other roles at the Justice Department, including Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy and Attorney Advisor in the National Security Division. Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Groves was the Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the National Security Agency, advising senior officials on high-level cybersecurity and intelligence matters. He also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr. Groves began his legal career as an Air Force Judge Advocate General. During his military service, he served as the chief prosecutor for a large military base, advised pilots of manned and unmanned aircraft on the Law of War, and deployed to Afghanistan with joint special operations forces. Mr. Groves also provided legal advice on cyber operations and cybersecurity matters. As one of the first Special Victims Counsel in the Department of Defense, he helped to implement a new program to provide legal counsel to victims of sexual assault.

Mr. Groves has received the Bronze Star Medal, the NSA Director’s Award, and two national awards from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including the National Intelligence Community Junior Attorney of the Year.


BA, Pepperdine University; JD, Yale Law School