Jim Pastore is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice and Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Jim has assisted a broad range of clients in cybersecurity and data privacy matters, including the Home Depot (in connection with its 2014 data breach), PayPal (in connection with a 2017 data security incident at its subsidiary, TIO Networks), American Express, KKR, and the NBA, among others. He’s been recognized by the Legal 500 for both his intellectual property and cybersecurity and data privacy work; by Chambers USA 2018 as a leading lawyer for privacy and data security; and by the National Law Journal as a cybersecurity trailblazer. He has also twice been named to Cybersecurity Docket’s “Incident Response 30,” to Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List,” and as a "rising star” by Law360 for his cybersecurity work. Previously, he was an assistant United States attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York, where he was assigned to the Complex Frauds Unit and the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section. He successfully litigated eight jury trials to verdict and was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Monsegur, a.k.a. “Sabu,” and Operation Cardshop, both of which were named to the FBI’s top 10 cases of 2012. He also led Operation Dirty RAT, which targeted the creators and users of Blackshades ransom and malware, resulting in the largest ever worldwide law enforcement action against cybercriminals. In connection with the so-called “doomsday virus,” he obtained a unique order to prevent catastrophic Internet outage. Before that, he was an associate at Debevoise, working on a variety of high-profile intellectual property matters, including the well-publicized Google books copyright litigation.
Jim is routinely sought out as a speaker on cybersecurity and data privacy and has been invited to present to the Department of Justice’s National Cyber Security Division and its National Advocacy Center, Georgetown Law’s Cybersecurity Law Institute, the FBI-led International Conference on Cyber Security, the annual meeting of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC), and the Fiduciary and Investment Risk Management Association (FIRMA)’s National Risk Management Training Conference, as well as to the boards of multiple public companies. His publications include “Cybersecurity: Evaluating Transactional Risk,” “A Closer Look,” “New York State Department of Financial Services Expands Its Cyber Focus to Insurers,” and “Debevoise & Plimpton on Cybersecurity: Reducing Threats to Private Equity Firms and Their Portfolio Companies." He holds a JD, with distinction, from Stanford Law School, where he served as copresident of the Stanford Law & Technology Association and was a member of the Stanford Technology Law Review. He holds a BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Notre Dame Scholar, the recipient of the James E. Robinson Award for outstanding senior English major, and one of 40 class members of the Honors Program of the College of Arts & Letters.
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