Chris Painter

Deputy Chief - CCIPS
US Department of Justice

Christopher M.E. Painter is a Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice. In that position he supervises the Section's case and policy efforts concerning computer network intrusions, intellectual property matters, legislative and other issues. From 1991 to March 2000, Mr. Painter was a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles). During his tenure in Los Angeles, Mr. Painter specialized in the investigation and prosecution of high-tech, intellectual property and computer crimes and served as a Computer Crime and Internet Fraud Coordinator for his office.

Mr. Painter has investigated and prosecuted some of the most significant and high profile high-tech cases in the country, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, the investigation of the February 2000 distributed denial of service attacks, the prosecution of the first Internet stock manipulation case-involving the posting of a bogus Bloomberg News page falsely reporting the sale of a company called PairGain that caused its stock to soar, the prosecution of former and present UCLA students who hyped stocks on Yahoo! and Raging Bull by posting false spam messages from public computers at UCLA, the prosecution of significant software piracy cases and the prosecution of one of the first Internet auction fraud cases. Mr. Painter serves on several Department of Justice and interagency working groups relating to computer hackers, Internet fraud investigations and prosecutions, electronic evidence, intellectual property crimes, and thefts of trade secrets. He is also co-chair of an ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee on Computer Crime and Chair of the G8 High-Tech Crime Subgroup. In addition, he has lectured extensively and has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, CBS Morning News, the BBC and has testified before Congress concerning computer crime issues.

Mr. Painter attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in 1980, and Stanford Law School, receiving a J.D. in 1984. Mr. Painter was a Senior Editor of the Stanford Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He subsequently clerked for the Honorable Betty Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before practicing law at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold and Porter.

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