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Nick Akerman

A partner in Dorsey’s New York Office, Nick Akerman is a trial lawyer specializing in both complex civil and criminal cases.  He also has a well-established expertise on data compliance and the civil use of the federal computer crime statute.

Prior to private practice Nick served as a federal prosecutor.  He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide array of white collar criminal matters, including bank frauds, bankruptcy frauds, stock frauds, complex financial frauds, environmental and tax crimes.  Nick was also an Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force under Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski.

He is a nationally recognized expert on computer crime and the protection of competitively sensitive information and computer data.  Nick regularly uses the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to obtain court orders requiring data thieves to return stolen computer data and prohibiting the dissemination of the data to competitors.  He also consults with clients in developing systems, policies and protocols to create data compliance programs to protect computer data.  Nick speaks and writes regularly on issues surrounding the protection of computer data.

Nick appears regularly on MSNBC concerning national issues and has been a featured quoted expert in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Newsweek, The Hill, Politico, and U.S. News & World Report. He has authored Op-Ed pieces in New York Times, the New York Daily News and Newsweek.  His blog can be found at

Nick received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts.

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