Peter S. Vincent is the General Counsel of Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC (TRSS), a U.S. subsidiary of Thomson Reuters. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of senior executive and legal positions in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining TRSS in February 2015, Mr. Vincent was the Principal Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that Senior Executive Service role, he led the largest legal program in DHS, supervising over 1,000 trial and transactional attorneys and an additional 450 legal and mission support specialists in 60 offices around the country. In that position, which he held for over five years, Mr. Vincent advised the numerous operational enforcement components within DHS and ICE on a wide-variety of sensitive, high-profile law enforcement and national security issues, including terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, financial crimes, global supply chain, export controls, customs and immigration matters.
In addition, Mr. Vincent served as ICE’s Senior Counselor for International Policy, where he advised the DHS Office of the Secretary and the ICE Office of the Director on issues related to the formulation and execution of the agency’s international diplomatic engagement. Prior to that, from November 2011 through July 2013, he served as the Acting Director of ICE’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). With attachés in 75 offices in 48 countries, including 7 combatant commands, HSI OIA is the largest international investigative component within DHS.
From November 2006 through May 2009, Mr. Vincent served with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, first as the Assistant Judicial Attaché and then as the Judicial Attaché. There, he advised DOJ, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense and various law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies on matters concerning extradition, terrorist organizations, money laundering, mutual legal assistance and narco-trafficking. During his tenure at the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Vincent coordinated nearly 500 extraditions to the United States, including the extradition requests for dozens of high-profile leaders of designated foreign terrorist organizations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).
In July 2002, following a successful career as a litigator and in-house counsel in private practice, Mr. Vincent joined the National Security Litigation Team in ICE’s San Francisco Office of the Chief Counsel. As a trial attorney, he represented the government in immigration proceedings involving terrorists and individuals who had provided material support to foreign terrorist organizations. In addition, Mr. Vincent advised the local Joint Terrorism Task Force on issues relating to counterterrorism and foreign counterintelligence.
Mr. Vincent is BORDERPOL’s Assistant Director General, International Policy. The mission of BORDERPOL is to support and engage governments and international organizations worldwide that actively promote the facilitation of safe and secure legitimate international travel of people across air, land and sea borders while curtailing terrorist travel, criminal abuse of border vulnerabilities and human trafficking and smuggling.
Mr. Vincent graduated with High Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law. Mr. Vincent is admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.