Tor focuses on computer and business law, and on the increasing convergence of those two fields.
He represents defendants charged with federal computer crimes in high profile cases nationwide. He also litigates commercial matters in Federal and New York State Courts. For corporate clients, he structures business entities, manages transactions, counsels businesses and hedge funds on their legal and regulatory obligations, and structures financing deals.
Tor Ekeland, P.C.
- Representing defendant on successful appeal of computer crime conviction in the Federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- Representing defendant in white collar interest rate manipulation criminal trial in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Representing defendants in federal computer crime prosecutions nationally
- Representing multiple defendants in a civil computer law case in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Negotiating a 44 count felony computer crime Indictment to a 1 count misdemeanor plea deal in the Southern District of Texas
- Representing clients nationally in plea negotiations and proffer sessions with the United States Attorney’s Office
- Counseling clients on U.S. Computer Law
- Representing commercial clients in state and federal court
- Advising startups on entity structuring, financing, and regulatory compliance
- Drafting deal documents and negotiating and closing deals
Sidley Austin LLP, New York (2006-2011)
- Representing a major U.S. investment bank in multiple complex mortgage-backed securities litigations in Federal and State courts
- Representing a major hedge fund under SEC investigation for alleged Rule 105 and Investment Adviser Act violations
- Representing a Big Four accounting firm in a partnership wrongful-discharge and breach-of-contract arbitration
- Representing a Death Row inmate in Holman Prison, Alabama on appeal
- Representing a Defendant on a motion to vacate a conviction of Second Degree Murder under New York Criminal Procedure Law Section 440.10
Tor litigates federal criminal matters nationally, and regularly interacts with the United States Attorneys Office and the FBI. He is best known for his representation at trial and appeal of the hacker Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, whose criminal conviction for hacking was unanimously overturned on appeal. The national and international media has reported extensively on his representation of federal defendants accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He has represented federal criminal defendants in Federal District Courts in California, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas. Tor also litigates civil matters in Federal and New York State court.
Kim Zetter, The Most Controversial Hacking Cases of the Past Decade, Wired, October 26, 2015.
Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt, #43 The Law That Sticks, Reply All (Podcast), October 28, 2015.
Andy Greenberg, Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him with 44 Felonies When He Refused to be an FBI Spy, Wired, February 18, 2015.
Tom McCarthy, Andrew Auernheimer’s Conviction Over Computer Fraud Thrown Out, The Guardian, Apr. 11, 2014.
Jacob Gershman, Appeals Court Tosses High-Profile Conviction of Hacker, The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 11, 2014.
Sarah Laskow, The Lawyers Hackers Call, Columbia Journalism Review, Aug. 28, 2013.
David Kushner, Anonymous v. Steubenville, Rolling Stone, Nov. 23, 2013.
Jerry Markon, As Cyberthreats Mount, Hacker’s Conviction Fuels Critics’ Claims of Government Overreach, Washington Post, Apr. 29, 2013.
Andrew Couts, This Friend to Hackers is Probably Your Best Bet for Internet Freedom, Too, Digital Trends, Apr. 3, 2013.
Amy Chozick and Charlie Savage, Hacker Case Leads to Call for Better Law, The New York Times, Mar. 17, 2013
Andy Greenberg, “Aaron’s Law’s Suggests Reforms to Computer Fraud Act (But Not Enough to Have Protected Aaron Swartz), Forbes, Jan. 16, 2013.
Adam Samson, Auernheimer Conviction Could Open Door to Government Overreach in Hacking Cases, Fox Business News, Nov. 28, 2012.
Tor has also appeared on CNN International, Al Jazeera America, RTV, Huff Post Live, and Suicide Girls Radio.
New York Unified Courts
New York Appeals
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas