Co-Chair of U.S. Data Solutions, Cyber and Privacy Practice, Partner, New York
“I focus on cybersecurity and data privacy. Drawing on my experience as an engineer, litigator, prosecutor and in-house counsel, I offer clients a multi-dimensional, practical perspective to help them solve their most challenging issues in the context of fast-changing regulations and growing commercial threats.”
Education and qualifications
Erez Liebermann is a widely respected cybersecurity and data privacy lawyer advising clients on business strategy, legal and regulatory issues ranging from investigations to data governance.
As a federal prosecutor, Erez spent 10 years investigating and prosecuting global cyber and white collar crimes. He served as Chief of the Computer Hacking and IP Section and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where he oversaw over 40 prosecutors handling all white collar crimes for the office.
As Chief Counsel, Cyber and Privacy for Prudential Financial, Erez led a global team of lawyers on cyber and privacy matters, and built the High Tech Investigations Unit. He frequently worked with regulators and law enforcement on financial market resilience.
Erez now focuses on a wide range of cybersecurity and privacy legal, policy and investigative matters, including cybercrimes, privacy breaches, and intellectual property theft, as well as litigation, and internal and white collar investigations. Much of his work has an international dimension and he has expertise in managing incidents and issues across Asian markets. Erez also has broad experience helping companies prepare for cybersecurity and privacy incidents. He has led tabletop exercises around the world to simulate responses to cyber events, including in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, the UK and the U.S.
As Chief of the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section, and National Security Cyber Specialist, Erez led groundbreaking cyber prosecutions, including:
- The largest credit card hacking case charged to date, US v. Vladimir Drinkman et al., relating to hacks into companies including 7-Eleven, JC Penney, Heartland Payment Systems, Hannaford Brothers, Jet Blue, and others.
- The first hack and theft of internet telephony (VOIP), US v. Edwin Pena, and the use of hacking to facilitate securities fraud, US v. Christopher Rad.
In 2020, he was appointed to the New York State Cyber Security Advisory Board by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Erez is a frequent lecturer and panelist on cybersecurity and privacy. He has presented around the world, at both legal conferences, such as PLI and the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute, IAPP, and at security conferences such as the RSA Conference.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, numerous letters of recognition from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
He previously taught Cybercrime Law at Rutgers University School of Law.
He joined Linklaters from Prudential Financial where he was Chief Counsel, Cybersecurity and Privacy. Erez previously spent 10 years as a federal prosecutor. He served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, and Chief of the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Erez was a litigation and intellectual property associate at another global firm. He clerked for the Hon. Deborah Poritz, Chief Justice New Jersey Supreme Court and the Hon. Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Judge.