Thomas J. Hibarger is the Managing Director in charge of Stroz Friedberg’s Washington, DC office, where he directs engagements involving cybercrime and data breach response, digital forensics, and electronic discovery. Additionally, drawing on his extensive experience as Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Mr. Hibarger leads investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-bribery and corruption, due diligence, internal corporate fraud, employee misconduct, and theft of intellectual property.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Hibarger served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC for nearly 25 years, most recently as Chief of the Criminal Division. As Criminal Chief, he oversaw all federal investigations and criminal cases brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC. Mr. Hibarger supervised approximately 80 AUSAs responsible for major cases of fraud and public corruption, cybercrimes, intellectual property prosecutions, RICO conspiracy investigations, national security matters, asset forfeitures, and money laundering. He provided strategic advice and legal guidance, while also briefing the U.S. Attorney and Department of Justice Officials on high-profile, sensitive matters.
Before his term as Criminal Chief, Mr. Hibarger was a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) prosecutor for three years. Mr. Hibarger investigated and prosecuted significant cases involving botnets, online identity theft, phishing, DDOS attacks, computer intrusions, webpage defacement, and copyright infringement. In addition, he advised AUSAs throughout the office on ECPA and investigative techniques relating to digital evidence.
Mr. Hibarger is a member of the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute Advisory Board and lectures frequently on cybersecurity. Some of his recent speaking engagements include presentations at: the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute; the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Committee on National Security Law, Policy & Practice where he moderated a panel entitled Practitioner’s Guide To Cybersecurity & Investigations; the 2014 ABA Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, VA; the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Regional Seminar in Charlotte, NC; the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s General Counsel Committee; the Association of National Advertisers Law & Public Policy Conference; and the 2012 and 2013 Virginia Information Technology Legal Institute. Previously, Mr. Hibarger served as a member of the Criminal Chiefs Working Group from 2010 to 2012 (a subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee), where he worked with a dozen criminal chiefs at U.S. Attorney’s offices across the country on issues of national importance to the AGAC and DOJ. He is the recipient of a U.S. Attorney’s STAR Award, as well as numerous Special Achievement Awards, and DOJ Volunteer Service Awards. He is a member of the AUSA Association of Washington, DC and has been a guest lecturer in criminal justice at the University of Maryland and American University Law School.
Mr. Hibarger received his Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from the George Mason University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech. Mr. Hibarger is an Eagle Scout and enjoys coaching basketball and baseball, biking, hiking, skiing, and beekeeping.