Robert S. Litt

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Robert S. Litt
Alma mater Harvard University
Yale Law School
Occupation Analyst

Robert S. Litt is the second General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI); the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent on June 25, 2009.

Early life[edit]

Litt graduated from Harvard College with a B.A.; he earned an M.A. and J.D. from Yale University.[1][2]


Litt clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York and Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court.[1] From 1978 to 1984, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also spent one year as a special advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.[1]

From 1994 to 1999, Litt worked at the Department of Justice where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division and then as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General.[1] His duties at DOJ included Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications, covert action reviews, computer security and other national security matters.[1]

Before joining the ODNI, Litt was a partner with the law firm of Arnold and Porter since 1999.[1] He served as a member of the governing body of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Law and National Security.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Robert S. Litt". Office of the Director of National Intelligence. United States Government. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Harding, Luke (2014). The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man. New York: Vintage Books. p. 129. ISBN 9780804173520. OCLC 870337274. Then there was Robert S Litt -- known as Bob -- the general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. A Harvard and Yale graduate, Litt knew how the FISA court worked from his six years in the mid and late 1990s at the Department of Justice. 

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