David Kris


David Kris is a founder of Culper Partners LLC. An expert in intelligence, law enforcement and security issues, he has more than 25 years of experience in government, the private sector, and academia.

Prior to forming Culper, Kris was for six years the General Counsel of Intellectual Ventures, a privately held invention investment company with more than $6B under management and offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. He was also the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer of Time Warner, Inc., the network and media company. He is currently an outside advisor to Cybereason, the cybersecurity firm.

In government, Kris was the Presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed head of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, with responsibility for all federal espionage and terrorism investigations and prosecutions and use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; a senior advisor to Republican and Democratic Attorneys General and Deputy Attorneys General; and a federal prosecutor for more than eight years. He currently serves on advisory boards for two elements of the U.S. Intelligence Community and as an amicus curiae to the two Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts.

An authority on U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance, Kris is co-author of the leading treatise in the field, National Security Investigations and Prosecutions (3d ed. 2019), as well as the author of several other articles and blog posts. He is a member of the board of directors and a Contributing Editor of the Lawfareblog, adjunct professor at the University of Washington Law School, a University Affiliate at Georgetown University, a member of the advisory boards for the National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University and the Tech, Law, Security (TLS) Program at American University, and a member of the Assembly: Disinformation Program at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center.

Kris is the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the CIA Agency Seal Medal, the Department of Justice Edmund J. Randolph Award, and on two occasions the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department of Justice’s highest honor.   

He is a 1988 graduate of Haverford College and a 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School, and a former law clerk to Judge Stephen S. Trott of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Nate Jones


Nate Jones is a founder of Culper Partners LLC. With more than 15 years in government and the private sector, Nate is internationally recognized for his deep expertise in national security, intelligence, geopolitics, public policy, political strategy, and crisis management.

Before forming Culper, Nate served as Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, where he oversaw the company’s worldwide legal, public policy and government affairs work related to law enforcement and national security. He was also responsible for aspects of the company’s cybersecurity and its efforts to combat cybercrime.   

Nate served in the administration of President Barack Obama for four years in senior positions at the Department of Justice and White House. He first served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. In 2009, he joined the White House as Director of Counterterrorism at the National Security Council.   

Before joining the Obama Administration, he spent several years in the Legislative Branch. From 2003 to 2009, Nate served as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2001-2002, he was Legislative Assistant to then-Congressman Tom Barrett.   

He attended Georgetown University Law School, where he graduated with honors, and received a B.A. in International Political Economy & Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.