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James Silver

U.S. Department of Justice
Deputy Chief for Litigation, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division
Washington, DC, USA


James Silver is Deputy Chief for Litigation of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In this role, he oversees prosecutions commenced nationwide by the Section’s attorneys, which involve offenses including computer intrusion, wire fraud, identity theft, cyberstalking, trade secret theft, counterfeiting, and copyright offenses. 

Mr. Silver obtained the first-ever conviction of a foreign hacker for stealing trade secret information from a U.S. corporate victim.  He also was part of the team that obtained the first-ever charges against uniformed members of a foreign military for stealing trade secrets from U.S. victims. 

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr. Silver served as anti-piracy counsel at a publicly-traded technology company, and worked at a law firm and the Federal Trade Commission.  He also served as a federal law clerk.  Mr. Silver received his law degree and a Master’s degree in English literature from Duke University, and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. 

Mr. Silver has received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, and twice received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. 

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