Choate Grows Government Enforcement Team with Addition of Adam Bookbinder

His arrival adds a veteran prosecutor with deep cyber security expertise

Adam Bookbinder has joined Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP’s Government Enforcement and Compliance Group as a partner. He joins the Firm after working in Holland & Knight’s Boston office.

An experienced litigator, Adam has first-chaired more than 25 jury trials to verdict. Prior to re-joining private practice, he served for 18 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. For a number of those years, Adam was chief of the Cybercrime Unit, where he led a group responsible for the investigation and prosecution of computer and intellectual property crime, including computer intrusions, data breaches, network attacks, theft of trade secrets, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and online fraud.

“Data privacy and cyber security compliance and government investigation risk continue to be top of mind for every one of our clients,” said Charles Cheever, co-managing partner of Choate. “Adam brings deep trial experience and has worked to protect some of the most recognizable brands in the world. He has assisted companies at all stages with developing comprehensive strategies to avoid litigation where possible, and to succeed in litigation and handle investigations when necessary. With data issues remaining as a primary concern for buyers in M&A transactions, Adam will also be a trusted advisor to clients across our business practices.”

Adam advises clients on a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy issues. He counsels clients on responding to cybersecurity incidents, conducting internal investigations and cybersecurity reviews, preparing incident response plans, complying with U.S. data privacy laws and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), interfacing with law enforcement agencies following a cybersecurity incident, and increasing preparedness to address national security cyber issues. He also defends clients in class action data privacy and data misuse litigation.

“Choate has smart lawyers doing highly sophisticated legal work for clients around the world,” said Bookbinder. “I look forward to joining such a strong team of white collar attorneys and serving as a valued resource to Choate’s deep roster of private equity clients.”

Adam graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and received his B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.