Serrin Turner

  • Partner
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1330


Serrin Turner is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Information Law, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice, and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice.

A former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Turner represents financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in white-collar criminal defense matters, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation. He also leverages his unique experience investigating cybercrime cases in counseling corporations, financial institutions, and asset managers concerning all aspects of cybersecurity preparedness and incident response.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Turner served for six years as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he served as the Office’s lead cybercrime prosecutor. During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Turner handled a wide range of investigations and prosecutions, involving computer hacking, complex financial fraud, international money laundering, theft of trade secrets, trafficking in stolen identity data, and online black-markets operating on the dark net.

Among other notable cases, Mr. Turner led the prosecution of the operator of the Silk Road website, a vast online black market for illegal drugs and other contraband, as well as a multi-billion-dollar money-laundering case against the Liberty Reserve digital currency service, which functioned as an underground bank for cybercriminals across the globe. Mr. Turner also handled high-profile data-privacy litigation at the US Attorney’s Office, including a leading email provider’s challenge 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 was a Trial Attorney in the US Department of Justice’s Honors Program.

Mr. Turner served as law clerk for the Honorable Sandra Lynch, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, from 2000 to 2001. He is a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Justice Department’s second-highest award, and received the 2004 John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Justice Department's highest award for trial litigators.

Thought Leadership

  • Practical Considerations for Assessing Data Transfers after Schrems II  -  September 07, 2020
  • Data Protection in Investigations -  April 23, 2020
  • The Pervasive Threat of Business Email Compromise Fraud — and How to Prevent It -  February 20, 2020
  • Financial Firms Beware: Dangers Lurk in the Cloud -  November 26, 2019
  • FTC Hearings Discuss the State of Data Security in the 21st Century -  December 18, 2018
  • Deep Dive on Deep Learning: FTC Considers Artificial Intelligence  -  November 20, 2018
  • FTC Hearing Evaluates Regulatory Oversight of Big Data and Privacy -  November 14, 2018
  • Boardroom Perspectives: 5 Key Takeaways on Cybersecurity -  June 01, 2018
  • New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements Go Into Effect -  December 21, 2017
  • New Executive Order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” -  May 18, 2017
  • Ransomware Attacks: When Is Notification Required? -  April 26, 2017
  • US Magistrate Judge Upholds Search Warrants for Google Data Stored Overseas, “Shards” and All  -  February 15, 2017
  • NYSDFS Revises Cybersecurity Rules to Accommodate Industry Concerns -  January 05, 2017
  • Financial Institutions Await Response to Concerns Over NYSDFS’ Proposed Cybersecurity Rules -  December 22, 2016
  • China Issues Its First Network Security Law  -  November 21, 2016
  • Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks  -  November 10, 2016
  • 5 Preventative Steps to Manage Legal Risk Following a Cybersecurity Breach -  November 08, 2016
  • Bitcoin Again Held to Be “Funds” for Federal Money Transmitting Purposes -  September 23, 2016
  • Virtual Currencies: Court Rules that Selling Bitcoin Is Not Money Transmitting and Selling Bitcoin to Criminals Is Not a Crime -  August 31, 2016
  • Are Changes in Store for the Stored Communications Act? -  July 01, 2016
  • Privacy Blog: “Hacking” Warrants: A Question of Procedure or Substance? -  May 25, 2016
Mr. Turner is a two-time recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Justice Department’s second-highest award.
Bar Qualification
  • New York
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2000
    magna cum laude
  • BA, Amherst College, 1995
    summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Financial Institutions
  • Technology
  • Communications Law
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Data Privacy & Security