Paul Lekas

Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, SIIA

Paul Lekas is an experienced advocate and lawyer with expertise in technology policy, government affairs, national security, and high-stakes legal and regulatory matters. He has advised senior leaders in business and government for two decades.

Lekas currently serves as SIIA’s Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy. He is responsible for directing SIIA’s government affairs, public policy, and advocacy efforts to shape technology policy in the U.S. and abroad on behalf of over 450 companies. He also serves as SIIA’s subject matter expert on digital policy matters, including artificial intelligence (AI).

Prior to coming to SIIA, Lekas served in senior strategic positions in the U.S. government. Most recently with the National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI), Lekas led cutting edge work on AI and other emerging technologies to promote innovation, marshal international cooperation, and core democratic values. NSCAI’s recommendations for Congress and the President have served as a blueprint for addressing the challenges and opportunities of AI. Previously, Lekas served as General Counsel of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (NCOS). At NCOS, Lekas guided government affairs strategy and led the development of legislative and policy recommendations for Congress and the President to strengthen American civic fabric and address national needs through military, national, and public service. Lekas began his government career with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), where he advised DoD leadership and worked closely with senior officials from the White House and across the interagency in developing national security legal positions on military and intelligence matters. As DoD’s Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel), Lekas oversaw four offices and managed a broad issue portfolio including sensitive litigation and investigations, crisis response, privacy and civil liberties, and cybersecurity and law of war matters.

Earlier in his career, Lekas practiced law for eleven years in New York and Washington, DC. He represented numerous Fortune 500 companies, executives, and board committees in high profile investigations, sensitive litigation, and crisis management, while maintaining a robust pro bono practice.

Lekas regularly speaks and writes on issues as diverse as domestic and international technology policy, international affairs, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, government investigations, legal and ethical compliance, and privacy. Lekas has led service and enrichment activities at his children’s school, has served on the parish counsel of his church, and has taught political philosophy. In 2020-21, he served on the national security and foreign policy legal team for the Biden-Harris transition.

Lekas received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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