David S. Cohen


Former Deputy Director of the CIA and Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

David S. Cohen is a partner in the Washington, DC office of WilmerHale and chair of the firm’s Financial and Business Integrity practice group.

Before returning to WilmerHale in 2007, David served for two years as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  In that capacity, he helped manage the CIA’s domestic and worldwide operations and lead the Agency’s performance of its five core missions – foreign intelligence collection, all-source analysis, covert action, counter-intelligence and foreign liaison relationships

Before becoming Deputy Director, David was the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, a post he assumed in 2011 after being confirmed by the United States Senate.  As Under Secretary, David directed the Treasury Department’s policy, enforcement, regulatory, and intelligence functions aimed at identifying and disrupting financial support to nations, organizations and individuals posing a threat to our national security.  He also led the Department’s efforts to combat money laundering and financial crime.  From 2009 to 2011, David was the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing.  As Assistant Secretary, David oversaw the Treasury’s counterterrorist financing and anti-money laundering policy efforts.

Prior to joining the Treasury Department in 2009, David practiced law in Washington, D.C. for almost twenty years.  Immediately prior to joining the Treasury, David was a partner at WilmerHale, where his practice focused on civil and criminal litigation, the defense of regulatory investigations, and anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance advice.  Earlier in his career, David worked in the Treasury’s General Counsel’s office, was a partner at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, and clerked for a federal trial court judge.

David received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1989 and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1985.

David is providing services to WestExec through Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.