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Tor Bernhard Ekeland

White collar crime Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

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About Tor

Learn Tor’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. White collar crime
    Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud, Conspiracy, Identity Theft, Government Investigations, Grand Jury Investigations, Criminal Defense, Appeals, Pleas, Sentencing

    11 years, 16 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    Cyber Security, Databreach Consulting, ICOs, Virtual Currencies, Startup Formation, Trademark, Copyright, Regulatory Compliance, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance.

    11 years, 12 cases

  3. Litigation
    Federal and state trials and appeals. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Copyright, Trademark, Complex Commercial litigation, Securities Litigation,

    11 years, 30 cases


Click here for a video of Tor arguing in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.



Tor heads Tor Ekeland Law, PLLC's Computer Law, Trial, and Appellate practices. He is best known for representing hackers and white-collar defendants in federal criminal court and on appeal. Tor also counsels businesses and individuals under investigation by the United States Department of Justice, and those seeking counseling on compliance with U.S. computer laws.


Prior to starting the Firm, Tor was a litigator with the New York City office of Sidley Austin, LLP where he gained experience with U.S. securities laws and regulations and Complex Commercial litigation. Businesses often turn to Tor for counseling on virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, ICO’s, and the intersection of U.S. securities and computer laws.


Tor has represented hackers and white-collar defendants in federal courts in Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and California. His experience encompasses all aspects of the federal criminal process, from target letters, grand jury testimony, pre-trial proceedings, trial, and appeal. The national and international press regularly turn to him for commentary on the computer law issues of the moment. Many of his cases revolve around the notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a civil and criminal federal statute at the heart of most computer law litigation in the United States. Other significant cases of his involve national security issues and government surveillance. He regularly deals with the Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Marshalls, the U.S. Probation Office and the Bureau of Prisons across the country.


Tor is admitted in New York State, as well as the Federal District Courts for the: Eastern District of New York; Southern District of New York; Northern District of New York; Southern District of Texas; and the Eastern District of Texas. He is admitted to the Federal Appeals Courts for the: Second Circuit; Third Circuit; Fifth Circuit; and Ninth Circuit. Additionally, he has been admitted pro hac vice on various matters in the Federal District Courts for the: Eastern District of California; Eastern District of Kentucky; District of New Jersey; District of Massachusetts; District of Minnesota; Middle District of Tennessee; Northern District of Texas; and the Eastern District of Virginia.




He is an avid runner.


Licensed for 15 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Tor Ekeland Law, PLLC
195 Montague Street
14th Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11201


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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-650 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tor Ekeland, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • 2006 - 2011


  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • New School for Social Research
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Andrew Auerheimer, 748 F.3d 525 (3d Cir. 2014)
  • Unanimous reversal of federal criminal conviction.


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
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Litigation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tor is hands down one of the most talented and dynamic lawyers I have ever met. He has a big heart and tells it like it is. A combination that serves him and his clients well. He has no hesitation when it comes to doing the right thing. I trained with Tor at the prestigious Trial Lawyer's College where he shined bright in a very talented class."
Computer fraud

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Brooklyn White collar crime Lawyer Tor Bernhard Ekeland
Tor Bernhard Ekeland
White collar crime Attorney
Brooklyn, NY
Licensed for 15 years