Global Chief Legal Officer & Partner, Sequoia Capital
Don Vieira is global chief legal officer and partner with Sequoia Capital. Before joining Sequoia, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where he was recognized as a global leader in the area of national security and regulatory law. Prior to joining Skadden, Don founded and led Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and national security practice.
Don also has extensive government experience, serving in senior national security positions in both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. At the Department of Justice (DOJ), Don was chief of staff of the National Security Division (NSD) and counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
Prior to his appointment as NSD’s chief of staff, Don served as deputy chief counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and staff director of HPSCI’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He has also served as a federal prosecutor in the DOJ’s Counterespionage Section, where he participated in the successful prosecution of espionage cases as well as export and economic sanctions enforcement matters.
Don began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, where he focused on litigation, white collar criminal defense, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations.