Profile

Travis is a leading authority on consumer protection, cybersecurity, privacy, telecommunications, and the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies. Drawing on his broad experience in federal and state government, he helps clients manage their litigation, regulatory risk, and strategic responses to government enforcement efforts, including the growing number of enforcement matters before state attorneys general. Travis also advises clients on crisis response, internal investigations, and compliance. In August 2017, Travis was selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission as an arbitrator for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

Before joining the firm, Travis was the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, where he spearheaded hundreds of enforcement actions involving consumer protection, competition, compliance, and fraud, waste, and abuse. He also worked closely with senior officials at other federal, state, and international agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Securities & Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, all 50 state attorneys general, and data protection authorities across the globe.

Previously, he served as a senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and as Special Assistant Attorney General, where he oversaw the state’s complex litigation and policy in areas such as technology regulation, high-tech crime, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, health care, telecommunications, and human trafficking. He served in the Obama Administration as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the President, Attorney General, and executive branches on the constitutionality and legality of the programs and activities of the U.S. government. 

Travis previously worked in private practice at leading law firms in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. He has represented companies, boards, and individuals on a diverse array of civil and white-collar matters involving false claims, bid-rigging, patent infringement, trade secrets, bribery, foreign corrupt practices, RICO, off-label advertising, legal malpractice, and material support of terrorism.

Travis is a member of the American Law Institute and affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he serves as an advisor for the AGTech Forum.

Publications & Presentations

“The FCC as Privacy Regulator” (with Lindsay DeFrancesco), Handbook of Surveillance Law (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2017)

“The FCC and Internet Regulation,” Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting, Panelist (August 1, 2017)

“Ask the Regulators: A Conversation with the Regulators,” American Bar Association: The Second National Institute on Cybersecurity Law, Speaker (June 22, 2017)

“Privacy, Security, and the Internet of Things,” 2017 Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference, Keynote (April 28, 2017)

“Privacy, Security, and the Internet of Things,” Webit Festival Europe, Speaker (April 26, 2017)

“You Received a CID.  Now What?” Iapp’s Global Privacy Summit 2017, Panelist (April 20, 2017)

“A Conversation with Travis LeBlanc ’03 – Net Neutrality, Cybersecurity, and Beyond,” Yale Law School, Keynote (March 29, 2017)

“Special Health Care Industry Issues,” Conference of Western Attorneys General 2017 Chair’s Initiative and Western Pacific AG Summit, Panelist (March 15, 2017)

“Privacy, Security, and the Connected Hairbrush,” The State Of Cyberlaw: Security and Privacy in the Digital Age, Keynote (February 10, 2017)

“Future of Broadband Competition Conference,” The Capitol Forum, Panelist (December 16, 2016)

“Closing Keynote: The Future of FTC-FCC Collaboration,” International Association of Privacy Professional Professionals Practical Privacy Series, Keynote Speaker (December 7, 2016)

“Internet of Things and Cybersecurity,” 5th Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum, Panelist (November 1, 2016)

“FCC Keynote,” Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network, London Action Plan, Keynote Address (October 25, 2016)

“Collaborating to Eliminate Spam and Nuisance Communications Cross-border Case Studies,” International Institute of Communications Annual Conference, Panelist (October 11, 2016)

“2nd Data Breach & Privacy Litigation and Enforcement Conference,” American Conference Institute, Panelist (September 28, 2016)

“Privacy Law Salon: Policymaker Roundtable,” Cambridge Forums, Panelist (September 23, 2016)

“Crumbling the Supercookie and Other Ways the FCC Protects Your Internet Traffic,” Black Hat USA 2016, Panelist (August 3, 2016)

“The Regulator’s View,” International Association of Privacy Professionals Asia Privacy Forum 2016, Panelist (July 19, 2016)

“Managing Risk: New Challenges from the SEC and FCC: Cyber Insurance as a Tool for Addressing Risk,” Practising Law Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Panelist (July 11, 2016)

“FCC Bureau Chiefs' Advice to the Next Administration,” Federal Communications Bar Association Annual Seminar, Panelist (May 14, 2016)

“Ask the FCC Q&A,” National Association Of Broadcasters Show, Featured Speaker (April 18, 2016)

“Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2016,” Practising Law Institute, Panelist (April 11, 2016)

“Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference,” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Keynote Speaker (April 7, 2016)

“Q&A with Travis LeBlanc,” International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit 2016, Featured Speaker (April 6, 2016) 

“Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach,” Practising Law Institute's Government Investigations 2016 Program, Panelist (March 21, 2016)

Education

  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • University of Cambridge, LL.M., International Law
  • Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.A., Public Administration
  • Princeton University, A.B., Honors, Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Admissions

Bars

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court: District of Maryland

Awards and Associations

Member, American Law Institute

Government Service

Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Special Assistant Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office

Attorney, U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel

Appellate Lawyer Representative, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Clerkships

  • Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit