Tor B. Ekeland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in New York, NY

Tor Ekeland, P.C.
 | 195 Montague Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 11201
Phone: 718-737-7264
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Tor Ekeland is a criminal defense lawyer. His firm, Tor Ekeland Law PLLC handles both federal and New York State criminal defense. Tor focuses on federal white collar criminal defense and individuals charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other computer crime laws.  Based in New York City, he practices nationally.

Mr. Ekeland deals regularly with the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, and United States Attorneys offices nationally. His high profile cases include the appeal and eventual reversal of the conviction of Andrew ‘Weev’ Auernheimer, who was convicted of hacking into an AT&T database and originally sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. Mr. Ekeland also represented one of the U.K. investment bankers charged in the Southern District of New York with wire fraud for their manipulation of the benchmark LIBOR interest rate. For a client in Texas he successfully negotiated a 44 Felony Count Indictment down to a single misdemeanor plea. Throughout his career, Mr. Ekeland has also handled cases involving SEC investigations, major U.S. investment banks, one of the Big Four accounting firms, and death row inmates.

Mr. Ekeland counsels hedge funds, companies, and individuals on compliance with United States computer laws.

Mr. Ekeland is admitted to practice before: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 9th Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas; and New York State.

Both the national and international press regularly interview Mr. Ekeland regarding computer law. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, MSNBC,Forbes, Rolling Stone, the BBC, Wired, the Guardian, and The Times of London, to name a few, have all published Mr. Ekeland’s comments on computer law. He has appeared on the BBC, CNN International, HuffPost Live and other media venues discussing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and computer law.

Prior to starting his own law firm, he was a litigation associate in Sidley Austin's New York Office from 2006-2011.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Theft

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Civil Litigation (10%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Business Litigation (10%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Theft

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

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About Tor Ekeland

Admitted: 2007, New York

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Honors and Awards:

  • At graduation I was awarded the Fordham Law School Award for Excellence in the Study of Constitutional Law for being one of the students with the highest GPA in Constitutional Law, Fordham Law School, 2006
  • During my final year of law school I was one of two Senior Articles Editors for the Fordham Law Review., Senior Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review, 2006

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • This article describes some of my work representing hackers charged with criminal violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act., Author, Hacker Madness, 2017
  • This article summarizes some of my opinions on how to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The CFAA is the primary criminal statute used against hackers in the United States, and it is also the primary civil statute with which to sue someone who has illegally accessed your computer or damaged it., Author, How to Reform the Outdated Federal Hacking Law, Christian Science Monitor, Computer Law, Intellectual Property, 2017
  • An Op Ed piece against changes to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 that allow for the FBI to place malware on innocent computer users' computers., Author, Americans Should Unite Against Stop Mass Hacking Act, Christian Science Monitor, Computer Law, 2016
  • An Op Ed piece in Wired on the American justice system's treatment of hackers., Author, America Must End its Paranoid War on Hackers, Wired, Computer Law, 2014
  • This Fordham Law Review note, written while I was Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Law Review, analyzes the history of the United States Constitution's "Suspension Clause" in relation to the War on Terror. The Suspension Clause allows Congress to suspend the historical writ of habeas corpus in times of war., Author, Suspending Habeas Corpus: Article I, Section 9, Clause 2 of the United States Consitution and the War on Terror, Fordham Law Review, 2005

Verdicts and Settlements:

Representative Clients:

  • We are co-counsel for Appellant Keith Gartenlaub in this important 4th Amendment and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court case on his appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Numerous media outlets are covering the case. Here is a link to the Washington Post's story on it:  , 2017


Industry Groups

  • Business
  • Computer Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Criminal
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology
  • White Collar
Office Location for Tor B. Ekeland

195 Montague Street
14th Floor
New York, NY 11201

Phone: 718-737-7264


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Last Updated: 11/16/2017

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