Joseph DeMarco

Partner, DeVore & DeMarco LLP

Joseph V. DeMarco is a founding partner in the law firm of DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he specializes in litigation and counseling in complex matters involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, on-line fraud, and the lawful use of new technology. His years of experience in private practice and government handling the most difficult cybercrime investigations and disputes have made him one of the nation’s leading experts on Internet crime and the law of data privacy and security.

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program, a group of prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime laws and intellectual property offenses. Under his leadership, cybercrime prosecutions grew from a trickle in 1997 to a top priority of the United States 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; web-based frauds; and criminal copyright and trademark infringement offenses. As a recognized expert in the field, Mr. DeMarco was also frequently asked to counsel prosecutors and law enforcement agents regarding novel investigative and surveillance techniques and methodologies. In 2001, Mr. DeMarco served as a visiting Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C.

Since founding DeVore & DeMarco LLP in 2007, Mr. DeMarco has represented corporations and organizations in various industries in litigation, investigation and counseling matters concerning the law of data privacy and security. He is on the National Roster of approved neutrals of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and of Federal Arbitration, Inc. (FedArb), where he adjudicates disputes between businesses involving data privacy, hightechnology, and related commercial law issues. He speaks frequently on the benefits of ADR in data security and privacy litigation.

Since 2002, Mr. DeMarco has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the upper-class Internet and Computer Crimes seminar. He has spoken throughout the world on cybercrime, e-commerce, and IP enforcement, including at the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), the National Advocacy Center, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has also served as an instructor on cybercrime law to judges at the New York State Judicial Institute.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. DeMarco was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on intellectual property, antitrust, and securities litigation. Between law school and Cravath, Mr. DeMarco served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. DeMarco holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was an Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is currently a member of several bar and professional associations, including the:

  • International Bar Association (Technology Committee)
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers (Regional Governor, New York)
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (Co-chair, Internet and IP Committee, 2009-present)
  • New York City Bar Association (Co-Chair, Information Technology and Cyber- Law Committee) and
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Federal Practice Committee)

Mr. DeMarco is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated lawyer for Computers and Software, Litigation and Internet Law, and is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Privacy and Data Security law. He has been named as a “SuperLawyer” in Intellectual Property Litigation. He is a member of the Professional Editorial Board of the Computer Law & Security Review; serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law; and is a member of Business Executives for National Security.

Mr. DeMarco has received numerous professional awards, including the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Lawyer of Integrity Award from the Institute for Jewish Humanities. In addition to his professional activities, he enjoys parenting, hiking, squash, golf, reading, and listening to classical piano music.

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