Cissy draws on her experience serving as National Security Adviser to Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), in which role she helped draft and enact the FY20 and FY21 National Defense Authorization Acts and Defense Appropriations bills, to support ArentFox Schiff’s National Security clients. Having also previously served as Counsel to Senator Jones, Cissy has a strong policy background, particularly in the areas of immigration, civil rights, criminal legal system reform, and judicial nominees. Since joining AFS, Cissy has represented a variety of clients including trade associations, government agencies, private corporations, and individuals.
Before joining ArentFox Schiff, Cissy served as both Counsel and National Security Adviser to Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). As Counsel, she advised the Senator on policy, votes, and legislation involving immigration and border security, civil rights, firearms, criminal legal system reform, judicial nominees, impeachment, and the Mueller investigation. In her role as the Senator’s National Security Adviser, Cissy worked with bipartisan Congressional colleagues, senior Pentagon leadership, and defense industry stakeholders to draft and enact the FY20 and FY21 National Defense Authorization Acts and Defense Appropriations bills. In this role she also served as the Senator’s adviser on matters of national security and foreign policy.
Before joining the Senator’s staff, Cissy was in the private practice of law, handling white collar, False Claims Act, grand jury investigations, and commercial property tax appeal matters. She has represented multinational corporations, small businesses, and individuals in high stakes civil and criminal litigation.
After graduating from law school, Cissy served as law clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Cissy is a Senior Fellow at The Center for American Progress, where she focuses her work on issues involving structural governmental reform and democracy.
Cissy is heavily involved in the firm’s pro bono work as well, serving as outside counsel to a Congressional commission and as part of a team of AFS attorneys representing migrant detainees in federal litigation.
She also is active with the Women in Government Relations (WGR) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and serves on WGR’s Annual DEI Summit Planning Team.
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Alabama Bar
- Supreme Court of the United States
Vanderbilt University School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Patrick Wilson Scholar, 1990University of Virginia, BA, with honors, 1987