The National Security Division is the first-of-its-kind in the nation for a United States Attorney’s Office and is responsible for combatting national security and cyber security threats facing our region and our nation. Protecting national security is the highest priority of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office.
The National Security Division consists of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section and the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section. Due to the complexity of the cases handled by these Sections, the close coordination needed with other districts and DOJ by these sections, the increased reliance on classified information in their prosecutions, and the overriding goal of prevention shared by these sections, they joined together to form the National Security Division.
Additional information about the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section and the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, which are the two Sections within the National Security Division, may be found by clicking on the following tabs:
Christopher Grigg graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and earned his law degree from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law in 1997. While his classmates prepared for the bar, Chris joined the military, where he was the distinguished honor graduate for his class at the United States Army’s Ranger School and served as a team leader in the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. He then returned to civilian life and began his legal career in civil litigation before joining the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He joined our Office in November 2007 and was assigned to the National Security Section (“NSS,” the predecessor to the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section) in May 2008.
Since then, Mr. Grigg has worked on and tried some of the Office’s biggest national security cases, such as the “MEK” case, the investigation and resulting prosecutions arising out of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, United States v. Guo, United States v. Kabir, et al. (the first material support trial in our district’s history), and the Office’s critical incident response to the December 2015 San Bernardino attack and multiple resulting prosecutions.
From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Grigg served as a co-coordinator of the Office’s Export and Anti-proliferation Global Law Enforcement (“EAGLE”) Task Force. He served as NSS deputy chief from 2013 until July 2015, when he was promoted to section chief and NSS was renamed the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section. As a supervisor, Chris has overseen and guided AUSAs leading numerous counterintelligence, export-control, terrorism, and national security cyber investigations and cases. He has also provided training for federal prosecutors and law enforcement around the country, at the National Advocacy Center, and at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law in Malta. For his work as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Grigg received a Director of National Intelligence award in 2009, the Anti-Defamation League’s Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate in 2015, the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award in 2016, and the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security in 2017.
Division Contact Information
The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Attn: National Security Division
312 North Spring Street, 15th floor
Los Angeles, California 90012
Individuals who wish to report activity that they believe may be related to terrorism should call the FBI at (310) 477-6565