Dana Lesemann passed away in March 2017. She was fifty years old. You can read her obituary in The Record, Bergen County's daily newspaper: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=dana-lesemann&pid=184481311


Dana Lesemann, 50, a 1983 graduate of Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, passed away on March 9 after a long illness. Ms. Lesemann was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1987, and Duke Law School, class of 1991, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Articles Editor of the Law Review. While at Duke, she organized the annual "Frontiers of Legal Thought" conference, which brought scholars together from around the country to highlight non-traditional legal concerns impacting issues of race and gender. She was also an intern at the United States Supreme Court. Upon graduating, she clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit. 

She subsequently worked at the Federal Trade Commission, where she focused on "Project Scholarscam," a law enforcement and consumer education project that worked to eliminate fraudulent grant and scholarship services that preyed on low and middle income high school students. In 2000, Ms. Lesemann joined the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR) at the U.S. Department of Justice; their goal was to prevent acts of terrorism against the United States. She was later detailed to the Joint House and Senate 9/11 Inquiry from March 2002 to March 2003. Their focus was evaluating the performance of the FBI's counterterrorism division, and she drafted portions of the Inquiry's reports. 

Ms. Lesemann was subsequently asked to join the staff of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, often referred to as the Independent 9/11 Commission. She tangled frequently with the comm-ision's Executive Director Phillip Zelikow. New York Times Reporter Philip Shenon described it this way in his book The Commission: "[Dana Lesemann] was Zelikow's worst nightmare …Lesemann was that rare thing on the commission. She was not afraid of Zelikow; she would not be intimidated by him. In fact, from the moment she arrived…she seemed almost to relish the daily combat with Zelikow, even if she wondered aloud to her colleagues why there had to be any combat at all." After her final tussle with Zelikow, Ms. Lesemann joined Stroz Friedberg, LLC, where she rose to Deputy General Counsel and Managing Director. She used her investigative expertise to supervise digital forensic work, electronic discovery, and cyber-crime response cases internationally.

Ms. Lesemann is survived by her son Griffin Lese-mann Phillips, 13, of Alexandria, VA as well as her sisters Mara Lesemann of Lakewood, New Jersey and Amy Lesemann of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 


Leave a Reply