Partner, Holland & Knight; Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Seth Stodder is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he represents clients on a wide variety of matters involving international trade and cross-border transactions, proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), immigration and visas, cybersecurity and data privacy, civil and criminal government investigations, and national/homeland security.
He also teaches national security law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and is a frequent writer, speaker, and media commentator on national and homeland security, foreign policy, immigration, and border security, international trade, CFIUS, cybersecurity, data privacy, constitutional law, and human rights issues.
Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy and, prior to that, as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Threat Prevention & Security Policy. In those roles, he led teams advising DHS leadership and developing policy on border security, immigration and visa policy, trade, screening and vetting of individuals for national security purposes, law enforcement matters, cyber encryption and surveillance issues, and the negotiation of international information-sharing agreements aimed at interdicting the movement of foreign terrorist fighters through global transportation systems. He oversaw the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, represented DHS on the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and served as Co-Chair of the DHS Task Force on the use of social media for vetting purposes, consistent with privacy rights and civil liberties, stood up in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. He also oversaw all DHS diplomatic engagements with the countries of the Western Hemisphere, as well as other countries around the world, leading negotiations and bilateral discussions with various countries, including Cuba, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Germany, and the Five Eyes countries, among others.
Earlier in his career and in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks, he served in the George W. Bush Administration as Director of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Counselor/Senior Policy Advisor to Commissioner Robert C. Bonner.
Mr. Stodder is a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serves on the Alumni Leadership Council for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, was a Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2008, and also is a member of the Truman National Security Project. He is admitted to practice law in California and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School and his B.A. from Haverford College.