Bryan Cunningham

Strategic Advisor
Tellson Holdings, Inc.

Contact Information

Phone: 303.349.4870



Mr. Cunningham developed this unique practice through extensive experience in senior US Government intelligence and law enforcement positions. Most recently, he served as Deputy Legal Adviser to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. He also served six years in the Clinton Administration, as a senior CIA officer and federal prosecutor.  He drafted significant portions of the Homeland Security Act and related legislation, helping to shepherd them through Congress. He was a principal contributor to the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, worked closely with the 9/11 Commission and has provided legal advice to Presidents, National Security Advisors, the National Security Council, and other senior government officials on intelligence, terrorism, cyber security and other related matters.

Mr. Cunningham’s practice has included assisting Fortune 500 and multinational companies to comply with complex, and often conflicting, legal regulations under US federal law, myriad US state laws, and the numerous specific requirements in the European Union and other overseas jurisdictions.

As the principal author of legal and ethics chapters in many authoritative cyber security textbooks Mr. Cunningham is also a frequent media commentator on cyber security, electronic surveillance, intelligence, and other national security issues, has appeared regularly on CNN, Bloomberg, ABC, Fox, CNBC, NPR, and PBS, and has been published in numerous national newspapers and overseas publications such as London’s Guardian.

Mr. Cunningham was founding vice-chair of the American Bar Association Cyber Security Privacy Task Force and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for his work on information issues.  More recently, he has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Biodefense Analysis, the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Cyber Security Task Force.  He currently serves as a Senior Adviser for The Chertoff Group.