Joseph V. DeMarco

Partner at technology law firm DeVore & DeMarco

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Photograph by Guido Vitti for Bloomberg BusinessweekJoseph V. DeMarco is a partner at DeVore & DeMarco, where he specializes in counseling clients on complex issues involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, online fraud, Internet gambling, and the lawful use of new technology. His years of experience in private practice and in government, dealing with the most difficult cyber crime investigations handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, have made him one of the nation’s leading experts on Internet crime and the law relating to emerging technologies.

From 1997 to 2007, DeMarco served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPs) program, a group of five prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cyber crime laws and intellectual-property offenses. Under his leadership, CHIPs prosecutions grew from a trickle in 1997 to a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, encompassing all forms of criminal activity affecting e-commerce and critical infrastructures, including computer hacking crimes; transmission of Internet worms and viruses; electronic theft of trade secrets; illegal use of “spyware”; Web-based frauds; unlawful Internet gambling; and criminal copyright and trademark infringement offenses.

As a recognized expert in the field, DeMarco was frequently asked to counsel prosecutors and law enforcement agents regarding novel investigative and surveillance techniques and methodologies, and regularly provided advice to the U.S. Attorney’s Office concerning the most sensitive computer-related investigations. In 2001, DeMarco also served as a visiting trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, where he focused on Internet privacy, gaming, and theft of intellectual property.

Since 2002, DeMarco has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a seminar on Internet and computer crimes. He has spoken throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, discussing cyber crime, e-commerce, and copyright and trademark infringement. He has also lectured on the subject of cyber crime at Harvard Law School, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Advocacy Center, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., and has instructed judges attending the New York State Judicial Institute.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DeMarco was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where he concentrated on intellectual property, antitrust, and securities law issues for various high-tech clients. Prior to that, DeMarco served as law clerk to Judge J. Daniel Mahoney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

DeMarco holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the NYU Law Review. He received his B.S. summa cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Having published a myriad of articles and appeared on major news programs in his practice areas, DeMarco is a member of the Professional Editorial Board of the prestigious Computer Law and Security Review (Elsevier). He has received numerous professional awards, including the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, as well as the Lawyer of Integrity Award from the Institute for Jewish Humanities.

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