David Sobel is general counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. He was formerly counsel to the National Security Archive (1986-88) and an associate at Dobrovir, Oakes & Gebhardt (1983-86), one of Washington’s first public-interest law firms.
Since 1982, Sobel has litigated dozens of Freedom of Information Act cases for a variety of clients, including ABC News, the U.S. Student Association, the Fund for Constitutional Government, the Nation magazine, Coretta Scott King and Ambassador Kenneth Rush.
Sobel’s recent cases have sought disclosure of information concerning the USA Patriot Act, the Total Information Awareness program and the privacy impact of aviation-security measures and other homeland-security initiatives. He is currently litigating for the release of Justice Department documents concerning the Bush administration’s warrantless domestic-surveillance program.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Florida College of Law. He is a member of the Bars of Florida, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and several federal Courts of Appeals.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.