James E. Vinocur
James E. Vinocur is a highly experienced litigator with more than 10 years of experience handling matters in New York courts. His extensive experience includes data privacy litigation, cyber and white-collar fraud, including institutional and corporate cyber intrusions and theft, international money laundering schemes, business email compromise fraud, international identity theft rings, SIM swapping schemes, and complex cryptocurrency fraud.
Before joining Goldberg Segalla, James spent 12 years at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, including as deputy chief of the Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Bureau, where he investigated domestic and international money laundering, financial crimes, corporate theft, and cyber intrusions. During his time at the District Attorney’s office, he gained invaluable trial experience, which included taking more than 50 hearings and trials to verdict—including the 1979 murder and kidnapping of Etan Patz—and presenting over 150 cases to the Grand Jury.
James provides thought leadership on current trends and developments in cyber and financial crime both internally and to outside multinational companies, nonprofit organizations, and business groups. He has also authored internal memoranda and policy positions on the application of Fourth and Fifth Amendment law to emerging technologies and cyber-forensic techniques.
Additionally, James spent two years as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where he investigated and prosecuted an elite foreign target engaged in cybercrimes against businesses in the United States, leading to his arrest and conviction.
During his time as a deputy chief of the Cybercrimes and Identity Theft Bureau, James managed a team of 12 attorneys, 15 analysts, and forensic examiners working primarily on cyber and white-collar fraud matters. He was also appointed special envoy to the public prosecutor’s office of Paris to facilitate and coordinate investigations between the two offices, particularly in the context of cybercrime. Representative matters include:
- Investigated and partnered with a foreign law enforcement in the prosecution of hackers who unlawfully accessed and tampered with an international tech company’s public-facing accounts
- Prosecuted the first SIM swap case in New York in 2018
- Prosecuted the foreign owner and operator of a series of dark websites that offered child sexual abuse material for sale for bitcoin
- Prosecuted the theft of nearly $2 million of cryptocurrency in 2018, in one of the first cases of its kind in New York
- Prosecuted the theft via SIM swap of over a million dollars of cryptocurrency
- Investigated and partnered with a foreign law enforcement in the prosecution of a hacker who unlawfully accessed and stole unreleased music from Grammy award-winning artists
- Prosecuted the $750,000 theft of copyright royalties by employees of a global music company in a complex identity theft scheme
- Successfully tried Pedro Hernandez for the 1979 kidnapping and murder of Etan Patz, a cold case matter with no arrests for over 30 years
- New York
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
- New York Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2008
- New York Law School Law Review: Executive Editor
- University of Wisconsin, B.A., 2003