Seth P. Berman oversees Stroz Friedberg’s Boston, New York and Washington, DC offices, and serves on the firm’s Executive Management Committee. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Berman headed Stroz Friedberg’s London office, and oversaw its European and Asian presence.
Mr. Berman regularly advises clients on the technical and strategic aspects of complex digital investigations involving hacking and data breaches, digital forensics, theft of trade secrets, FCPA investigations and other white collar and fraud allegations. Mr. Berman is an expert in international and complex electronic discovery matters, and regularly advises clients dealing with the conflicts among European Union data protection laws, national bank secrecy regulations, discovery blocking statutes, employee privacy issues, and US discovery requirements. He has worked on some of the largest international e-discovery matters in the UK and Switzerland, including several investigations of wrongdoing by banks and bankers in violation of US, UK, Swiss and other countries’ laws.
Mr. Berman also has extensive experience in responding to and preventing hacking and data breaches and regularly advises clients in improving their cyber resilience.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Berman was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. As an AUSA, Mr. Berman served in the Computer Crimes Unit as Computer and Telecommunications Coordinator, and was one of the lead computer crimes prosecutors in Massachusetts. He served as a member of the New England Electronic Crimes Task Force. While in the government, Mr. Berman successfully conducted and supervised investigations and prosecutions of computer intrusions, denial of service attacks (DDoS), computer and internet fraud, identity theft, and other abuses involving the theft and use of information over computer networks.
Among his notable cyber cases, Mr. Berman prosecuted a ring of hackers who accessed the database of an online information services company, gaining access to hundreds of thousands of individuals’ social security numbers and other personal data.
During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Berman also served in the Economic Crimes Unit, where he investigated and prosecuted complex frauds and crimes committed by corporations, and in the Major Crimes Unit, where he prosecuted bank robberies, gun crimes, drug possession cases, and other violent crimes. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Berman was a partner at the law firm McDermott, Will & Emery in Boston, where he focused on complex civil litigation and white collar defense work in federal and state criminal and regulatory matters.
Mr. Berman began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he also served as a member of the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force.
Mr. Berman received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School where he served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review.