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About Seth

Seth DuCharme draws on his 14 years of experience as a senior-level law enforcement officer to advise companies and individuals on cases involving cybersecurity and breach response, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) diligence and litigation, export controls, sanctions compliance and anti-money laundering.

Seth served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 2008 through 2021. He held various positions at the Eastern District, including Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the National Security & Cybercrime Section, and Acting United States Attorney. Seth provided leadership in the trial of “El Chapo” Guzman; the indictment of tech giant Huawei; the RICO prosecution of Keith Raniere in connection with the NXIVM cult; the investigation of a global financial institution for its involvement in the 1MDB Malaysian bond deal, resulting in the largest criminal penalty ever obtained in an FCPA case; the arrest and indictment of eight individuals charged with conspiring to act as illegal agents of the People’s Republic of China; and the conclusion of a deferred prosecution agreement over a major financial institution in connection with its potential exposure for international money laundering.

From December 2019 through July 2020, Seth was the highest-ranking career lawyer in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He worked directly with the Deputy Attorney General in overseeing all of the DOJ’s litigating and law enforcement components. He helped resolve appeals by private counsel; supervised complex, high-profile matters within the Criminal, Civil, Antitrust and National Security Divisions; and advised the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on criminal and civil litigation matters, as well as national policy and the government’s COVID-19 response, on a daily basis.

Seth is a frequent commentator and guest lecturer at Brooklyn, Columbia, Fordham and New York University Law Schools. He began his career as a Deputy United States Marshal in the Eastern District. He clerked with the Honorable Richard Owen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York prior to beginning his legal career as an associate at an international law firm in New York.

Experience

Publications and Speeches

"Equality Under the Law and Rule of Law," Rule of Law Symposium, May 7, 2021.

Program on Extremism, George Washington University, October 20, 2020.

Annual Conference of United States Attorneys, September 23, 2020.

Department of Justice National Opioid Summit, March 4, 2020.

“Building a Cyber Practice: Lessons Learned,” Journal of Federal Law and Practice, February 2019.

Lures and Strikes: Strategies and Tactics for Investigations of Foreign Nationals, USABook.

“Counterterrorism in an Age of Extremism,” AJC Council, November 29, 2017.

“Disruption and Early Engagement Program for National Security Threats,” Naval Post Graduate School, November 16, 2017.

“New Tools for Risk Management in Counterterrorism,” Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia, November 9, 2017.

“International Cybercrime: Navigating the Law of the Web,” French-American Foundation, November 8, 2017.

“Terrorism Prevention,” National Counterterrorism Center, November 1, 2017.

“Mitigating the Risks of the Financing of Proliferation,” The Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law, July 13, 2017.

“Preventing the Next Tsarnaev: Cutting Edge Tools for Law Enforcement,” NYPD Cyber Intelligence & Counterterrorism Conference, February 2, 2017.

“Evolving Trends in Cybersecurity Personal Privacy, Immigration, iPhone Confidentiality vs. National Security: Where Do We Stand on the Issues Today?” New York County Lawyers Association, June 2016.

Annual Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Conference, National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency, April 2016.

Credentials

Education

Fordham University School of Law,
J.D.
2003
cum laude, Order of the Coif
Hamilton College,
B.A.
1992
with honors

Bar Admissions

New York

Affiliations

Disruption and Early Engagement Program, Founder and Law Enforcement Liaison
The Learning Clinic School, Board of Directors
American Women’s Self Defense Association, Instructor

News

Insights

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Executive Office of the United States Attorneys, Director’s Award, 2018
Stein Scholars, In the Interest of Others Award, 2015
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Team Achievement Award, 2013
Federal Bureau of Investigations, “Eagle” Award for Counterterrorism, 2013
Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, Prosecutor of the Year, 2012
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judicial Law Clerk
Fordham Law Review
Notes and Articles Editor

Events

Upcoming Events

- Webinar - June 15, 2021