Elizabeth Roper is a partner in Baker McKenzie's North America Litigation and Global Dispute Resolution Practice. She is based in the New York office.
Prior to joining the firm, Liz served in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as Bureau Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau (CITB). In this role, Liz directed the investigation and prosecution of all types of cybercrime impacting Manhattan, including sophisticated cyber-enabled financial crime such as identity theft, payment card fraud, and money laundering; network intrusions, hacking, ransomware, and "middleman" attacks; intellectual property theft; "dark web" trafficking of contraband; and the theft and illicit use of cryptocurrencies.
Liz has extensive experience handling complex investigations and prosecutions. Many of the matters she supervised over the years involved unique cutting-edge financial frauds and cybercrimes where she was able to lead the charge in this uncharted territory. Notably, Liz litigated one of New York State’s most prominent data theft cases, at both the trial and the appellate levels, and successfully argued before New York’s Appellate Division and Court of Appeals that the state’s trade secrets statute applied to proprietary trading software. Liz was also on the trial team that convicted an elite cybercriminal for selling breached payment card information and laundering the proceeds using digital currencies.
Her government experience brings invaluable insight as our clients look to protect their businesses and manage cyber and data privacy risks. Liz also has unmatched understanding of the ways in which law enforcement, regulatory agencies, and public companies can work together to increase cyber-resilience and security, having worked successfully with government, including the US Secret Service, NYPD, New York's DFS, and private-sector partners, including financial institutions and electronic communications service providers, to share information and work strategically around cybercrime and public safety.
- Recipient, Robert M. Morgenthau Award presented by the District Attorneys' Association of New York, 2022
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Member, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession
- New York~United States (2007)
- Fordham University School of Law (JD) (2006)
- Vassar College (BA) (2001)
- Co-author, "The Need for Improved International Electronic Evidence Sharing in Cybercrime Investigations", ABA edition, Criminal Justice Section, Summer 2023
- Co-author, "Eye on Cyber: Board Oversight of Cyber Risk for Companies," New York Law Journal, May 2023
- Co-author, "Eye on Cyber: This Is a 'Decisive Decade' for Cybersecurity—For Both Government and the Private Sector", New York Law Journal, March 2023
- Panelist, Government Investigations 2021: Investigations Arising from Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Practicing Law Institute, January 2022
- Panelist, Fraud in the 21st Century, ACAMS Hollywood Conference, March 2021
- Presenter, Cybercrime and Cryptocurrency, New York Inn of Court, July 2020