Nathan A. Sales


Nathan A. Sales is counsel at Bancroft PLLC.  He is also a tenured law professor at the Syracuse University College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, counterterrorism law, and national security law.  His practice at Bancroft focuses on administrative law, national security issues, and appellate litigation.

Mr. Sales previously was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  He led DHS’s efforts to draft and implement legislation that strengthened the security features of, and expanded, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa).  He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new security measures, and was the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Special Envoy to South Korea.

Mr. Sales also served at the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on counterterrorism policy and judicial confirmations.  In 2005, he managed DOJ’s research and rapid-response team for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts.  He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the Justice Department’s highest honor – for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.

A native of North Canton, Ohio, Mr. Sales clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude, joining the Order of the Coif and serving as Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Miami University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.