James Mariani is an associate in the Privacy & Data Security Group.
Mr. Mariani works on regulatory, operational, and transactional matters related to data privacy as well as incident response concerning cyber intrusion and information security breach.
Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Mariani worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted cybercrime and complex fraud — leading multiple long-term investigations to indictment and arrest. His practice included investigation and litigation focused on computer intrusion, identity theft, finance, healthcare, labor and real estate. He has tried bench and jury trials in criminal, supreme, and federal court.
Mr. Mariani is certified as an Information Privacy Professional in both U.S. specific laws (CIPP/US) as well as that of the European Union (CIPP/E), and is admitted to practice in New York.
Cornell Law School at Cornell Tech (LLM, 2018)
Harvard University (Graduate Certificate, Cybersecurity, 2017)
University of Illinois College of Law (JD, 2013)
- Managing Editor of the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy
CUNY Macaulay Honors College (BS/BA, 2010)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
news & press
Facebook Asks Police Agencies Not to Create Fake Profiles
The Los Angeles Daily Journal quoted James Mariani on whether law enforcement may deploy fake social media accounts to monitor people and collect evidence. Mr. Mariani noted that the practice “is not illegal and is widely used throughout the country at law enforcement offices of every level.” He noted, however, that “the practice of surreptitiously monitoring activists [may] violate the First Amendment by creating a chilling effect on those who would otherwise express discontent online".