Mr. Bitkower is a co-chair of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. He joined the firm after more than a decade as a federal prosecutor. He has led prominent white collar cases, leading clients to turn to him for their most significant and complex matters. Mr. Bitkower’s combination of deep experience with high-profile criminal investigations, ability to negotiate the optimal outcome, and familiarity with international environments offers clients the legal sophistication required to help solve their problems. As the former chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section of the EDNY, Mr. Bitkower has significant experience advising on and understanding issues related to cybercrime, cybersecurity, electronic surveillance, and FinTech.
Mr. Bitkower is a former principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the second-highest ranking position in the division. In that role, he managed the division’s more than 700 federal prosecutors who conducted nationally significant investigations and prosecutions in cases involving white collar crime, money laundering, public corruption, cybercrime and cryptocurrencies, intellectual property, and organized and transnational crime, among other areas. Together with other senior DOJ leaders, he oversaw the department’s most significant investigations and prosecutions of corporate wrongdoing, including financial institution fraud, FCPA violations, sanctions evasion, and corporate health-care fraud.
Before serving in DOJ leadership, Mr. Bitkower served as an assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. He prosecuted scores of criminal cases involving financial fraud, money laundering, export violations, murder, and terrorism. While at EDNY, he served as chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section and chief of the Violent Crimes and Terrorism Section. Managing a unit of more than 20 prosecutors, investigators and staff, he was responsible for supervision of counterterrorism, espionage, export and sanctions enforcement, international organized crime and cybercrime cases. He prosecuted a number of prominent terrorism cases including the trial of an al-Qaeda plot to bomb the New York City subway system.