Maida Oringher Lerner

Senior Counsel

Maida Lerner is senior counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a part of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity, Government Contracts, and Environment & Natural Resources groups. Maida counsels a broad group of clients in a variety of sectors on cyber and physical security compliance and risk management, homeland security, and administrative matters, including trade associations and companies in the pipeline, transportation, government contracts, education, health care, and manufacturing sectors.
Maida's homeland security practice has a particular emphasis on critical infrastructure, chemical security, the SAFETY Act, and corporate compliance. Maida regularly advises companies on privileged security risk assessments and compliance reviews, data breaches, and internal investigations coordinated with forensic experts after intrusions.
As part of an enterprise-wide compliance approach to evolving and complex security risks and standards, Maida has helped clients facilitate cyber and physical security incident simulations, develop incident response and insider threat plans and programs, and worked closely with technical consultants on behalf of companies to conduct privileged vulnerability assessments and mitigation plans.
Representative Experience

  • Advised government contractors on internal cyber and physical security risk assessments and compliance reviews.
  • Advised transportation and energy companies develop cyber and physical security policies, including incident response plans, insider threat programs, and governance frameworks. 
  • Facilitated simulated security incident exercises and developed training programs for owners and operators of U.S. critical infrastructure to test response plans.
  • Represented a transportation sector trade association in securing federal funding for a state-of-the-art cyber threat information-sharing network.
  • Advised clients in a multitude of sectors, including energy, transportation, health and education, on chemical security regulation compliance, including the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
  • Advised clients and represented a company on successful resolution of applications under the Support Anti-Terrorism By Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act.
  • Advised manufacturing companies regarding Chemical Safety and Hazardous Investigation Board (CSB) assessment of an industrial accident.
  • Advised corporations on compliance issues arising under federal and state Clean Air Acts, including the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants (NESHAPS) and asbestos abatement issues.
  • Participated in major rulemakings arising under the federal Clean Air Act.
  • Advised companies on internal environmental audits.
  • Represented members of the utility industry in successful resolution of appellate litigation.
  • Represented corporations in matters involving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Advised clients on compliance issues arising under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Maida was counsel with Hunton & Williams in Washington, D.C. where she advised clients on regulatory compliance and in numerous administrative and judicial proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Prior to entering private practice, Maida served in the Office of General Counsel for a major electric utility company. 

Maida is also active in pro bono matters with a focus on child custody issues.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous federal appellate and district courts nationwide.


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