Serrin Turner is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice and Financial Institutions Industry group. He leverages his extensive government litigation experience and background in cybercrime and data protection issues to represent clients in their most critical cybersecurity matters.
Mr. Turner is a nationally recognized former federal prosecutor who represents financial institutions and global corporations in highly sensitive white-collar investigations, regulatory enforcement matters and complex civil litigation.
Drawing on his unique government experience investigating complex cybercrime cases, Mr. Turner focuses his practice on cybersecurity and data protection, helping clients successfully navigate a rapidly evolving regulatory and litigation environment. He regularly counsels clients with respect to breach preparedness and response, and helps them defend enforcement actions or private litigation that may arise in the wake of a cybersecurity incident. Mr. Turner also advises clients on anti-money laundering compliance and other issues implicated by virtual currency and other emerging payment systems.
Mr. Turner joined Latham following six years as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as the Office’s lead cybercrime prosecutor. In that role, Mr. Turner handled a wide range of cybercrime investigations and prosecutions, including matters involving computer hacking, data breaches, trafficking in stolen payment card and personal identity information, dark markets, and money laundering through digital currencies.
Among other notable cases, Mr. Turner led the prosecution of the founder and controller of the Silk Road website, a vast online black market for illegal drugs and other contraband. He also led the prosecution of the digital currency service Liberty Reserve and several of its principals on charges of laundering billions of dollars in cybercrime proceeds, as well as the prosecution of Charlie Shrem, formerly the Vice Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, for money laundering. Mr. Turner also handled high-profile litigation relating to data privacy while at the US Attorney’s Office, including a challenge brought by a leading email service provider to a search warrant for data stored overseas.
Prior to joining the criminal division of the US Attorney’s Office, Mr. Turner held a number of other positions within the federal government, including serving as Counsel to the Executive Director for the Guantanamo Review Task Force in Washington, DC, where he helped lead a special task force created by President Obama to review detainees’ intelligence files and determine case dispositions. Previously, from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Turner was an Assistant US Attorney in the civil division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he focused on matters involving national security and foreign relations issues. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Turner led the government’s defense of numerous challenges to federal statutes and agency actions as a member of the US Department of Justice’s Honors Program. He served as law clerk for the Honorable Sandra Lynch, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, from 2000 to 2001.
Mr. Turner is a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Justice Department’s second-highest award. In 2004, he received the John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Justice Department's highest award for trial litigators. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Information & Technology Law Committee.