Jenner & Block

Mr. Bitkower is a member of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice. He joined the firm after more than a decade as a federal prosecutor. He has managed prominent white collar cases, leading clients to turn to him for their most significant, complex and high-profile matters. With his deep experience with complex criminal investigations, ability to negotiate the optimal outcome and an ability to excel in an international environment, he offers clients the legal sophistication required to help solve their problems. In addition to white collar matters, clients also turn to him for counsel in the rapidly evolving area of cybercrime, as Mr. Bitkower brings a wealth of experience to help clients faced with data breaches.

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, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property, money laundering, 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, sanctions evasion, FCPA violations and corporate health-care fraud.

Before serving in the DOJ, Mr. Bitkower served as an assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. He tried eight federal criminal cases covering a wide range of issues, including financial fraud, money laundering, export violations, murder and terrorism. His roles at the EDNY included serving 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.