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Hon. James Orenstein

Hon. James Orenstein (Ret.)

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Antitrust & Competition
Business Commercial
Civil Rights
Class Action & Mass Tort
Cybersecurity & Privacy
Employment Law
Federal Law
Intellectual Property
Personal Injury
Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hon. James Orenstein (Ret.) joins JAMS following a prominent legal career that included 16 years as a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York; several years as a litigator in private practice, including most recently at a firm specializing in technology and privacy law; and over a decade as a successful federal prosecutor and Justice Department official. Judge Orenstein oversaw discovery and helped achieve settlements in cases involving a wide array of class action and individual claims, including those involving antitrust, business disputes, civil rights, construction, copyright violations, defamation, employment discrimination, ERISA, fee disputes, fraud, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, maritime disputes, medical practice, patent infringement, personal injury, products liability, RICO, securities, trademark infringement, and wage and hour laws. While on the bench, Judge Orenstein achieved national recognition for his pioneering opinions on the law surrounding the use of location tracking, encryption and other modern technologies and their effect on personal privacy.

Following his retirement from the court, Judge Orenstein entered private practice, where he built on his judicial work in the field of technology and privacy. He counseled technology companies on the privacy impact of new products and services and compliance with U.S. and European data privacy laws and represented them in responding to government requests for their customers’ personal data and in litigation arising from such statutory privacy regimes as the Telephone Communications Privacy Act and the Video Privacy Protection Act. He was also appointed as an amicus curiae by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Just before joining JAMS, Judge Orenstein was appointed to help the special master in Trump v. United States resolve complex assertions of privilege and novel issues under the Presidential Records Act arising from the government’s search of the former president’s home. The court in that case agreed that “the efficient administration of the Special Master’s duties requires the assistance of the Honorable James Orenstein (Ret.), … who has experience with complex case management, privilege review, warrant procedures, and other matters.”

Before his judicial appointment, Judge Orenstein served as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases and was a member of the team that successfully prosecuted notorious mob boss John Gotti. Following the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Judge Orenstein was selected to be part of the trial team that prosecuted the two men responsible for the attack. He then served as an attorney adviser at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he advised the attorney general and the White House on constitutional matters and helped resolve legal disputes between executive branch agencies. He was later appointed deputy associate attorney general. In that role, he headed a departmental task force on crime victims’ rights—a subject about which he has testified to Congress on multiple occasions—and oversaw the Justice Department’s responses to overlapping congressional and special counsel investigations into the 1993 tragedy at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas. Upon leaving the Justice Department, Judge Orenstein was a founding partner of the New York City office of Baker Hostetler.

A sought-after mediator, Judge Orenstein brings his depth of knowledge and finely tuned ADR skills to every matter before him, from five-figure wage disputes to emotionally fraught discrimination and civil rights actions to multibillion-dollar antitrust class actions. He looks for every chance to turn an issue into an opportunity to bring the parties together to consider settlement—whether a scheduling disagreement at the start of the case, a discovery dispute during its development or dispositive motion practice when the case is ready for trial. As an arbitrator, mediator, special master/referee and neutral evaluator Judge Orenstein now brings to JAMS his diverse legal experience to help parties achieve a fair and efficient resolution of their disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • While on the bench, Judge Orenstein handled thousands of pretrial proceedings, mediated the settlement of hundreds of cases, resolved countless discovery disputes, and presided over evidentiary hearings and bench and jury trials.
  • Judge Orenstein lectured widely and trained new magistrate judges on the law surrounding the use of location tracking, encryption and other modern technologies and their effects on personal privacy.
  • Throughout his career, Judge Orenstein has served as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and Fordham Law School, teaching seminars on complex federal investigations, capital punishment and professional responsibility.

Representative Matters

  • Antitrust & Competition
      • In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litig., 05-MD-1720 (MKB) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Multidistrict litigation included dozens of class and individual antitrust actions brought on behalf of millions of merchants against the Visa and Mastercard payment networks and the banks that issued cards and acquired debts as members of those networks; oversaw fact and expert discovery for well over a decade, resolved numerous discovery disputes, participated in settlement conferences (along with the district judge and outside mediators), resolved contested motions to appoint lead class counsel, and recommended the resolution of motions to amend as well as dispositive motions
      • In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litig., 06-MD-1738 (BMC) (JO): Multidistrict litigation involving antitrust claims by direct and indirect purchasers against Chinese companies that manufacture vitamin C; oversaw discovery and resolved numerous disputes
  • Aviation
      • Osoria v. Airbus S.A.S., 08-CV-0705 (TLM) (JO) (E.D.N.Y): Flight attendant sued airplane manufacturer and seller for personal injury allegedly caused by defective flooring; oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conference
      • Beckford v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 08-CV-3460 (RRM) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Domestic airline passenger asserted personal injury claim against airline alleging negligence resulting in in-flight injury; oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conference
      • Kruger v. Olympic Airways S.A., 07-CV-2535 (ERK) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): International airline passenger asserted personal injury claim against airline alleging negligence resulting in in-flight injury; oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conference
  • Business Commercial
    • Breach of Contract

      • Burlington Packaging, Inc. v. Extra Packaging, Inc., 08-CV-1515 (JO), 2020 WL 5043817 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 25, 2020): In a contract case arising out of alleged violations of a commission agreement between businesses that jointly developed a specialized packaging product, oversaw discovery and presided at a successful settlement conference in which the parties agreed to have Judge Orenstein retain jurisdiction over later disputes that would arise under an amended commissions agreement; over a decade later, when plaintiff asserted new breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties under the settlement agreement, resolved dispositive motions on both claims
      • Spherenomics Glob. Contact Centers v. vCustomer Corp, 427 F. Supp. 2d 236 (E.D.N.Y. 2006): Provider of outsourced call center services brought action against call center operator, alleging breach of contract and other claims; presided over bench trial and issued findings of fact and conclusions of law
      • Inventory Generation Inc. v. Penske Truck Leasing Co., 19-CV-4850 (MKB) (JO): After referral to a mediator did not resolve this commercial dispute arising from an alleged breach of contract to purchase a truck, presided at a successful settlement conference
      • Shred-It USA, Inc. v. Bartscher, 02-CV-4082 (JO), 2005 WL 2367613 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 27, 2005): Plaintiff, a provider of commercial shredding services, sued a former employee and the competing shredding service that later employed him for tortious interference with business relations and misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as a breach of contract by the former employee; presided at non-jury trial and issued findings of fact and conclusions of law resolving all claims
      • Lead counsel for beverage company in contract dispute with concert promoter over dispute arising from sponsorship of music festival; handled non-jury trial of liability phase and then negotiated settlement prior to damages phase

      Fee Disputes

      • In re Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation, Application of Burt Neuborne, 06-CV-0983 (FB) (JO), 2007 WL 805768 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2007)’, report and recommendation adopted, 528 F. Supp. 2d 109 (E.D.N.Y. 2007): Recommended award of fees for attorney's role in administering billion-dollar settlement fund arising out of class action by Holocaust victims against Swiss banks; recommendation adopted on review
      • Haifeng Xie v. Sakura Kai I Inc., 17-CV-7509 (ILG) (JO), 2020 WL 4587473 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2020), report and recommendation adopted, 2020 WL 2569406 (E.D.N.Y. May 20, 2020): Recommended resolution of contested post-trial fee request in wage and hour case; recommendation adopted on review


      • Ixotic AG v. Kammer, 09-CV-4345 (NG) (JO), 2015 WL 270028 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 21, 2015): Plaintiffs asserted civil RICO and related tort claims arising from an alleged international fraud scheme; presided at telephonic settlement conference that achieved settlement between plaintiff and two defendants; later recommended dismissal of complaint against defaulting defendants based on detailed analysis of plaintiff’s RICO theory; recommendation adopted over objection on review
  • Civil Rights
      • Nektalov v. Kuwait Airways Corp., 15-CV-0033 (JO), 2016 WL 5678549 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2016): Presided over case involving air passengers’ claims of discrimination and torts under state and federal law based on airline’s alleged refusal to honor tickets based on Kuwait’s laws against doing business with Israeli citizens; resolved dispositive motions, after which case settled
      • Sutherland v. Dep't of Educ. of the City of New York, 15-CV-3918 (RJD) (JO), 2017 WL 4174786 (E.D.N.Y. July 31, 2017), report and recommendation adopted, 2017 WL 4162302 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 19, 2017): Oversaw discovery and recommended disposition of summary judgment motion in case involving school psychologist’s claims of racial, national origin-based, and religious discrimination against her supervisor and the school district; recommendation adopted over objection on review; case later settled
      • Fair Housing Justice Center v. ZP Realty Capital LLC, 10-CV-4125 (NGG) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Presided over successful settlement conference in case involving claims of race-based housing discrimination against realty company and others accused of providing false information to prospective renters
      • Mogoli v Cohen, 19-CV-6723 (RPK): Presided at successful settlement conference in high school student’s case against school officials for discriminating against him on the basis of disability by allegedly denying him needed accommodations and subjecting him to unwarranted discipline and referring his parents to child welfare authorities without cause
      • Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983: Oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conferences in dozens of cases accusing police officers of false arrest, excessive force and other civil rights violations
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
      • In re Parking Heaters Antitrust Litig., 15-MC-0940 (DLI) (JO), 2019 WL 8137325 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2019); In re Parking Heaters Antitrust Litig., 310 F.R.D. 54 (E.D.N.Y. 2015): Oversaw all pretrial proceedings in 11 consolidated antitrust class actions by classes of direct and indirect purchasers of parking heaters alleging that several companies and individuals conspired to eliminate or suppress competition in the sale of aftermarket parking heaters for commercial vehicles; resolved contested motions for appointment of lead class counsel and recommended resolution of motions for preliminary and final approval of class settlement as well as request for fee award; recommendations adopted on review
      • Etienne v. Reliant Cap. Sols., LLC, 16-CV-2359 (WFK) (JO), 2018 WL 6335560 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 25, 2018), report and recommendation adopted, 2019 WL 2004761 (E.D.N.Y. May 7, 2019): Recommended denial of motion to certify settlement class and approve class settlement in putative class action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; recommendation adopted over objection on review
      • Calabrese v. CSC Holdings, Inc., 02-CV-5171 (DLI) (JO), 2009 WL 425879 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 19, 2009): Oversaw extensive discovery and recommended resolution of contested class certification motion where cable television subscribers sought to certify class to assert civil RICO claims against cable television provider and its outside counsel for allegedly conspiring to prosecute meritless cable piracy claims and thereby coerce nuisance value settlements; recommendation adopted on review; later presided at multiple settlement conferences that resulted in settlements of all the individual claims against all defendants
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
      • In re Apple, Inc., 15-MC-1902 (JO), 2015 WL 5920207 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 9, 2015), In re Apple, Inc., 149 F. Supp. 3d 341 (E.D.N.Y. 2016): Ruled that All Writs Act did not authorize court to compel private company to compromise the encryption of its devices to assist the government in executing a search warrant where FBI could not bypass such security on its own
      • Served as co-lead counsel in class action cases involving claims against national retail chain under the right-of-publicity laws of several states
      • Served as co-lead counsel in class action cases involving claims under the federal Video Privacy Protection Act against several media companies
      • Served as co-lead counsel in case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
      • Advised technology companies on responding to government requests for consumer data using various forms of legal process
      • Advised technology companies, law firms and other entities on data transfer rules under U.S. and EU laws
  • Employment Law
    • Employment Discrimination

      • Brady v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 03-CV-3843 (JO), 2005 WL 1521407 (E.D.N.Y. June 21, 2005); Brady v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 455 F. Supp. 2d. 157 (E.D.N.Y. 2006), aff’d, 531 F.3d 127 (2d Cir. 2008): Presided over the jury trial of claims of disability-based discrimination by a former Walmart employee with cerebral palsy; resolved post-trial motions for new trial and reduction of damages; rulings affirmed on appeal
      • David v. Comtech PST Corp., 03-CV-6480 (JO), 2006 WL 2713936 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2006): Resolved cross-motions for summary judgment in case involving claims of age discrimination in employment and violation of equal pay law
      • Diaz v. Target Corp., 19-CV-5160 (MKB) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Plaintiff accused employer and supervisors of race- and national origin- based employment discrimination by allegedly requiring him to wear a nametag with incorrect name rather than plaintiff’s true Latino-sounding name to avoid causing discomfort to predominantly white customer base; oversaw discovery and, after referral to a mediator did not resolve the case, presided at a successful settlement conference
      • Pusey v. Delta Airlines, 09-CV-4084 (ENV) (JO), 2012 WL 893908 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 7, 2012), report and recommendation adopted, 2012 WL 896163 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 15, 2012): Pro se flight attendant asserted claims of race- and disability-based discrimination against employer airline; after overseeing extensive pretrial proceedings, including discovery disputes and contested motions to amend the complaint to add new claims, presided over a successful settlement conference that allowed plaintiff to continue litigating distinct workers’ compensation claims in another forum; later recommended resolution of plaintiff’s motion to reopen case based on plaintiff’s claim that she had been incompetent to enter into the settlement
      • Bell v. Duke, 16-CV-5324 (E.D.N.Y.): Former transportation security officer at JFK Airport asserted an array of Title VII discrimination and retaliation claims against the Secretary of Homeland Security after being terminated; oversaw all pretrial proceedings, including discovery, and then presided at a successful settlement conference

      Wage and Hour

      • Fundora v. 87-10 51st Ave. Owners Corp., 13-CV-0738 JO, 2015 WL 729736 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 19, 2015): Presided over case in which apartment building maintenance workers alleged wage and hour claims and retaliatory discharge claims under federal and state laws against the building’s owners and superintendent; presided over all aspects of case, including discovery, jury trial, post-verdict motion practice, and contested fee application
      • Almanza v. Sauvaire, 19-CV-4792 (ENV) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Oversaw discovery and all pretrial proceedings in bartenders’ federal and state law wage claims against employer company and individual supervisor; presided at successful settlement conference and recommended court approval of request for attorneys’ fees
      • Gao v. Strong America Ltd., 17-CV-5571 (ILG) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Oversaw discovery and all pretrial proceedings in accounts receivable clerk’s federal and state law wage claims against bar owners and supervisors; presided at successful settlement conference
  • Insurance
      • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Williams, 13-CV-2893 (RJD) (JO), 2015 WL 5560543 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2015), report and recommendation adopted, 2015 WL 5560546 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 21, 2015): Insurance company asserted civil RICO and related tort claims against doctor and medical services companies based on alleged scheme to submit fraudulent claims; recommended damages award upon defendants’ default, which the court adopted, and then oversaw receivership of doctor’s practice; during the pendency of the receivership, presided at successful settlement conferences between doctor and the receiver and other interested parties
      • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Seitz, 11-CV-3014 (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Insurance company accused a psychologist, lay persons and psychology professional corporations of a scheme involving identity theft and the improper control of professional corporations to generate fraudulent insurance claims; presided at settlement conference that resulted in settlement with monetary and injunctive terms
      • Moudatsos v. AmGuard Ins. Co., 19-CV-0194 (NGG) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): In case alleging failure to pay claim for covered fire damages, oversaw all pretrial proceedings, including discovery, and then presided at successful settlement conference
  • Intellectual Property
    • Copyright

      • Plastik v. Westbury Music Fair, Inc., 19-CV-2820 (RJD) (JO), 2020 WL 13566036 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2020): Recommended resolution of photographer’s motion for default judgment on claim on copyright infringement; analyzed sufficiency of claim and assessed appropriate amounts to award in damages and attorneys’ fees; recommendations adopted on review
      • Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. Doe, 331 F.R.D. 14, 15 (E.D.N.Y. 2019): In these 13 cases, the owner of copyrights to adult motion pictures brought infringement claims against unidentified “John Doe” internet service subscribers for allegedly downloading and distributing protected works through peer-to-peer file sharing; denied copyright owner’s motion for expedited discovery ex parte seeking to serve subpoena on internet service provider (ISP) associated with subscribers’ IP addresses to require ISPs to identify subscribers
      • Chaos Commerce, Inc. v. Mophie, Inc., 14-CV-0489 (KAM) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): In case involving claim for declaration of non-infringement and infringement counterclaim arising from advertisements on plaintiff’s e-commerce site for defendant’s portable battery charger, oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conference


      • Sharkey v. Alltec Prod., Inc., 04-CV-0397 (SJF) (JO), 2005 WL 8160987 (E.D.N.Y. June 24, 2005), report and recommendation adopted, 2005 WL 8160986 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 14, 2005): Recommended resolution of cross-motions for summary judgment in action for infringement of patent for water filtration device; recommendation adopted over objections on review
      • Original Creatine Pat. Co. v. Met-Rx USA, Inc., 05-CV-2244 (DRH) (JO), 2006 WL 6220438 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 21, 2006), report and recommendation adopted, 2009 WL 1146445 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2009): Plaintiff accused defendant of marketing creatine products that infringed two patents; conducted Markman hearing and recommended interpretation of disputed patent claims; recommendations adopted over both parties’ objections on review

      Trademark and Trade Dress

      • Imig, Inc. v. Electrolux Home Care Products, Ltd., 05-CV-0529 (JO), 2007 WL 900310 (E.D.N.Y. March 22, 2007); 2008 WL 905898 (E.D.N.Y. March 31, 2008): In action asserting copyright and Lanham Act claims arising from advertisement and sale of allegedly infringing vacuum cleaners, resolved cross-motions for summary judgment, presided at bench trial and issued findings of fact and conclusions of law
      • Incredible Scents, Inc. v. Mayan Laboratories LLC, 05-CV-5855 (ADS) (JO), 2006 WL 8435554 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 8, 2006): Plaintiff, the manufacturer of an anti-snoring nasal dilator, sued a former distributor for marketing a competing product that allegedly infringed plaintiff’s trademark rights; held evidentiary hearing and issued recommendation on motion for preliminary injunction; case settled prior to review of objections
      • Martal Cosmetics, Ltd. v. Int'l Beauty Exch. Inc., 01-CV-7595 (SJF) (JO), 2007 WL 895697 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 22, 2007): Plaintiff alleged that several individual and corporate defendants engaged in a gray market scheme of marketing real and counterfeit cosmetic products that infringed their trademarks; oversaw extensive discovery proceedings, resolved numerous non-dispositive disputes and recommended resolution of dispositive motions and motions for sanctions; recommendations adopted over objections on review, except as to the applicable standard of proof on one of the defendants’ affirmative defenses
  • International
      • Wtulich v. Filipkowska, 16-CV-2941 (JO), 2020 WL 1433877 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2020): Presided over all aspects of case involving Polish citizen’s petition under the International Child Abduction Convention seeking the return of his daughter from the United States, where the child had lived with her mother for most of her childhood; conducted bench trial, issued findings of fact and conclusions of law, and resolved post-verdict motions and request for attorneys’ fees
      • In re Gushlak, 2012 WL 2564466 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 30, 2012), report and recommendation adopted, 2012 WL 1514824 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 30, 2012); In re Gushlak, 2012 WL 3683514 (E.D.N.Y. July 27, 2012), report and recommendation adopted, 2012 WL 3779229 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 30, 2012): Oversaw contested proceedings and recommended disposition of motions concerning enforcement of order to disclose records for use in foreign proceedings; recommendations adopted over objections on review
      • Represented telecommunications company in resolving dispute concerning enforcement of Section 1782 request for customer records
  • Personal Injury
    • Motor Vehicle

      • Aybar v. Singh, 19-CV-0860 (ERK) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Oversaw pretrial proceedings in personal injury case arising out of car accident, including resolution of dispute about defendant’s late appearance and attempt to vacate default; presided over successful settlement conference
      • Wen v. Gabriel, 16-CV-6570 (ARR) (JO): Oversaw pretrial proceedings in personal injury case arising out of car accident; presided over successful settlement conference
      • Zaragoza v. Prime Uniform Supply, Inc., 17-CV-1983 (JO): Oversaw pretrial proceedings in personal injury case arising out of car accident; presided over successful settlement conference

      Medical Malpractice

      • Prutkovsky v. United States, 08-CV-0858 (DLI) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Executor of decedent’s estate sued government for medical malpractice at federally funded community health center based on allege failure to timely diagnose decedent’s cancer; oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conference

      Products Liability

      • Gissinger v. Yung, No. 04-CV-0534 (CBA) (JO), 2006 WL 1329697 (E.D.N.Y. May 16, 2006); Gissinger v. Yung, No. 04-CV-0534 (BMC) (JO), 2007 WL 2228153 (E.D.N.Y. July 31, 2007): Married plaintiffs asserted personal injury and loss of consortium claims against company that designed and manufactured the ladder from which the husband fell; oversaw discovery, recommended striking defendant’s answer, held evidentiary hearing on damages and recommended relief; all recommendations adopted on review
      • Grim v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, 13-CV-1572 (JG) (JO) (E.D.N.Y.): Plaintiff asserted personal injury claim against manufacturer and seller of prepared food allegedly contaminated with listeria that sickened plaintiff and her daughter; oversaw discovery and presided at successful settlement conference
  • Privilege Review
      • Michael Grecco Prods. Inc. v. Alamy Inc., 18-CV-3260 (PKC) (JO), 2020 WL 5848613 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 1, 2020), aff'd, 2022 WL 198502 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 21, 2022): As part of discovery oversight in copyright infringement case, found that defendant’s communications with counsel were not shielded from disclosure under crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege; ruling affirmed over objection on review
  • Real Property
    • Mortgage Foreclosure
      • CIT Bank, N.A. v. Locastro, 17-CV-1701 (AMD) (JO), 2018 WL 4635728 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 2, 2018), report and recommendation adopted, 2018 WL 4026737 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 22, 2018): Recommended denial of motion for default judgment and foreclosure based on plaintiff’s failure to join junior lienholder as a necessary party; recommendation adopted over objection on review

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 2004–present
  • Member, Federal Bar Council, 2003–2020
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, 2010–2013
    • Member, Federal Courts Committee, 2010–2013
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002–2004

Selected Awards and Honors

  • FBI Director's Certificate for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest, 1998
  • Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys Director's Award for Superior Performance, 1994
  • United States Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, 1992, 1998

Selected Publications

  • “Judicial Engagement with Surveillance Technology,” 49 Conn. L. Rev. 1717 (2017)
  • “I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System,” New York Times, June 13, 2019
  • “Special Prosecutor Needed for CIA Leak,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 10, 2003
  • “A Gun Fingerprint Might Be the Only Clue,” Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2002
  • “Rooting Out Terrorists Just Became Harder,” New York Times, Dec. 6, 2001
  • “In This Death Penalty Case, the Choices Were Too Few,” New York Times, June 17, 2001

Background and Education

  • Counsel to Special Master, Trump v. United States (S.D. Fla.), 2022
  • Senior Legal Director, ZwillGen, 2020–2022
  • United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York, 2004–2020
  • Partner, Baker Hostetler, 2001–2004
  • United States Department of Justice, 1990–2001
    • Associate Deputy Attorney General, 1999–2001
    • Attorney-Adviser, Office of Legal Counsel, 1998–1999
    • Special Attorney, Oklahoma City Bombing Task Force, 1996–1998
    • Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York, 1990–2001
      • Deputy Chief, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, 1995–1996
  • Associate, Duker & Barrett, 1988–1990
  • Law Clerk to United States Circuit Judge James Hunter III, 1987–1988
  • J.D., New York University Law School, 1987
    • Senior Articles Editor, NYU Law Review
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1984


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