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Peter Roman

United States Department of Justice

Washington, DC, USA

Peter Roman is a Senior Counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. CCIPS leads the Justice Department’s efforts to address computer crimes worldwide. As a CCIPS prosecutor, Mr. Roman investigates and prosecutes complex international cybercrimes, trains US and foreign law enforcement on cybercrime and electronic evidence matters, and helps to develop laws and policies relating to criminal use of computers and the Internet. Mr. Roman’s prior cases include the investigation, extradition, and prosecution of Guccifer, a notorious Romanian hacker who breached the email and social media accounts of numerous high-profile celebrities and politicians and published the contents online.


Prior to his employment at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Roman was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP, a prominent international law firm. While at Arnold & Porter, Mr. Roman provided legal advice to clients concerning data breaches and other computer crimes and aided clients in developing cybersecurity and data privacy policies and procedures.


Before attending law school, Mr. Roman spent 13 years working in the computer industry, primarily as a database and system administrator and architect. Mr. Roman has extensive experience designing, implementing, and securing large-scale, mission-critical, web-enabled data collection systems. Mr. Roman completed graduate coursework in computer programming at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and has extensive technical training on database administration, system administration, and cybersecurity. Mr. Roman’s technical skills include Oracle database administration and design, UNIX system administration, and PHP programming.


Mr. Roman has published multiple articles in academic journals on legal aspects of computer crimes and on designing large-scale data collection systems. Mr. Roman was also a primary author of the privacy and cybersecurity sections of U.S. federal technical standards for collecting data on the homeless.


Mr. Roman holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC where he was on the Dean’s List and edited the Annual Survey of White Collar Crime for the American Criminal Law Review. Mr. Roman also has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.


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