Michael F. Buchwald

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Michael F. Buchwald is a career attorney in the National Security Division (NSD) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) focusing on cybersecurity and other law and technology policy issues. He is a member of the DOJ’s Cyber-Digital Task Force and represents the Department in a variety of interagency and external meetings. Mr. Buchwald received an NSD “Award for Excellence,” after only six months on the job, and an “Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service” during his second year at the DOJ.

Previously, he served as Counsel & Deputy Staff Director for Oversight and Policy on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also served as the designated committee staffer to brief Senator Dianne Feinstein on daily national security issues from the time she was Chairman (2009-15) and then Vice Chairman (2015-16) of the committee.

Before joining the Senate committee, Mr. Buchwald was an attorney at the international law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he specialized in criminal, congressional, and internal investigations of corporations and non-profit entities as a member of the White-Collar Defense and Strategic Counseling groups.

Prior to his work at the law firm, Mr. Buchwald clerked for a federal judge in California, where he was born and raised. Before law school, he worked as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Feinstein for three years.

Mr. Buchwald is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. 

BA, Yale University; JD, University of Virginia School of Law