Of Counsel

Phone: 703-291-8961

Email: reatinger@dbllawyers.com

Office: Vienna VA

  • Bob Eatinger has 31 years of experience practicing national security and intelligence law, including as the Central Intelligence Agency’s Acting General Counsel from October 2013 to March 2014.
  • Bob retired from the CIA at the end of 2015 as the Senior Deputy General Counsel. In that position, Bob was the senior career lawyer in the CIA, served as acting general counsel in the absence of the General Counsel, oversaw the more than 150 attorneys in the Office of General Counsel, and was responsible for the timely and accurate provision of all legal advice and services to the leadership and personnel of the CIA.
  • After his retirement from the CIA, Bob founded SpyLaw Consulting, LLC, a consulting service for U.S. businesses seeking to make better-informed business and risk management decisions with respect to commercial or other interactions with U.S. intelligence agencies; and Robert J. Eatinger, Jr. PLLC, a national security law practice.
  • Prior to being named the Senior Deputy General Counsel, he served as CIA’s Deputy General Counsel for Operations from September 2009 to June 2013, where he was responsible for the timely and accurate provision of legal advice on all CIA operational law matters.
  • Bob also has been the Chief Legal Adviser for Counterterrorism (2004 to 2009), Chief, OGC Litigation Division (1999 to 2004), Deputy Chief, OGC Litigation Division (1997 to 1999), Legal Advisor, Latin America Division, Directorate of Operations (1995 to 1997), and litigation attorney, OGC Litigation Division (1991 to 1995).
  • From 1983 to 1991, Bob served on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he specialized in intelligence law and national security litigation, including espionage prosecutions. He affiliated with the Navy Reserve Law Program after leaving active duty and retired in 2013 as a Captain with 30 years of service.
  • Bob has presented on intelligence law, ethics, and classified litigation at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, University of Virginia School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University Law School, University of Mary Washington, the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, and the Naval Justice School.
  • Bob is a member of the Lawyers of Distinction and a lifetime charter member of Best Attorneys of America. He is also an Expert for Duco, a member of the Network of Experts for The Cipher Brief, on the Board of Advisors for the Third Option Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for CIA paramilitary officers and their families, and on the Board of Directors for the Tanglewood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
    • Government & Cyber: Contracts, National Security, Regulatory
  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law, 1982
  • BS, Political Science, California State University San Bernardino, 1979
  • State of California
  • District of Columbia
  • CIA:
    • CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal
    • CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal
    • 2015 Intelligence Community Legal Award for Lifetime Achievement
    • Directorate of Operations William O. Donovan Award for Excellence
    • 2005 Office of General Counsel Stewart Award
    • CIA Counterterrorism Center’s George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism,
    • Director’s Award (3 awards)
    • Director’s Medallion
    • Deputy Director’s Medallion
    • Directorate of Analysis Medallion
    • Directorate of Science & Technology Medallion
    • Directorate of Support Award
    • The Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Navy:
    • Defense Superior Service Medal
    • Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
    • Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards)
    • Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards)
    • Navy Achievement Medal
    • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
    • Navy Unit Commendation
    • National Defense Service Ribbon (2 awards)
    • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (two awards)
    • Rifle Marksmanship Award (Expert)
    • Pistol Marksmanship Award (Expert)
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