Adam J. Bookbinder is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office. Mr. Bookbinder focuses his practice on cybersecurity, data privacy and cyber incident response, as well as white collar defense and investigations, and criminal and civil trials.

Mr. Bookbinder advises companies and educational institutions 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 obtaining guidance from law enforcement on national security cyber issues in an effort to increase preparedness.

Mr. Bookbinder also represents charged defendants, potential criminal targets and witnesses in federal and state investigations and prosecutions around the country. He represents individuals and corporations in wire fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, healthcare, environmental crime, and criminal tax prosecutions and investigations. Mr. Bookbinder is an experienced trial attorney, having tried more than 25 jury trials to verdict, 13 of which were in federal white collar criminal cases.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Bookbinder served 18 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Most recently, Mr. Bookbinder was chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Cybercrime Unit, where he supervised a unit 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.

In his role as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bookbinder worked with the FBI, Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to identify and respond to priority cybercrime threats. He was also chosen as the U.S. Attorney's Office's National Security Cyber Specialist, investigating cybercrime committed by nation-states and hackers affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations, and serving as the U.S. Attorney's Office liaison to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division for cyber matters.

Before he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office's Cybercrime Unit in 2004, Mr. Bookbinder spent five years in the office's Economic Crimes Unit, and he continued to handle financial fraud, securities fraud and healthcare fraud investigations, prosecutions and trials throughout his tenure in the office.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bookbinder investigated and prosecuted:

  • a destructive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Boston Children's Hospital
  • a theft of trade secrets from Intel Corp. worth more than $200 million
  • a scheme to use a fraudulent copyright infringement suit to extort more than $12 million from DreamWorks Animation
  • a hacking and wire fraud scheme targeting Subway restaurant point-of-sale terminals
  • an intrusion into a statewide law enforcement database
  • a $20 million foreign currency trading fraud scheme
  • Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act crimes by a physician imposter who manufactured, sold and administered a bogus cancer drug

Mr. Bookbinder is active in cybersecurity, data privacy and white collar crime outreach and training. He has been a frequent speaker at bar association and industry conferences as well as FBI InfraGard and Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force meetings. Mr. Bookbinder also is a lecturer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Geospatial Data Center.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Bookbinder was an Assistant District Attorney for the Essex District Attorney's Office in Essex County, Massachusetts and a litigation attorney at a global law firm. Mr. Bookbinder was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen Trott, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., Government, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • All State Courts in Massachusetts
  • Boston Bar Association, Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference Advisory Committee, 2019
  • U.S. Department of Justice Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Working Group, 2012-2017
  • Boston Bar Association, Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, 2010-2016
  • Boston Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Steering Committee, 2006-2014
Honors & Awards
  • Director's Award for Superior Performance, Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, 2003


Speaking Engagements