Elizabeth Roper

Elizabeth (Liz) Roper is a partner in Baker McKenzie's North America Litigation and Global Dispute Resolution Practice, specializing in investigations, data security, and white collar defense. Liz advises clients on cybersecurity compliance, incident response, government investigations, internal investigations, and criminal defense matters. With over 15 years of experience in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, including over four years as Bureau Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau (CITB), Liz pairs deep investigative experience with expertise in new technologies and electronic evidence, including digital forensics, mobile device data, network forensics, and blockchain analysis. Liz has obtained the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) certification. Liz has directed investigations into network intrusions, hacking, ransomware attacks, intellectual property theft, cyber-enabled financial frauds, payment card fraud, money laundering, "dark web" trafficking, and the theft and illicit use of cryptocurrencies. She has also handled matters involving corruption and official misconduct. Liz leverages her experience to assist clients facing investigations from government agencies, both in the U.S. and abroad, and advises clients on their most sensitive internal investigations. Liz has strong relationships with law enforcement and regulatory agencies, making her a trusted advisor when clients face government inquiries. Liz is an accomplished trial attorney with extensive experience conducting hearings and trials. In addition to her trial work, Liz has a strong background in appellate litigation, having argued before New York State's Appellate Division and Court of Appeals. Notably, Liz secured a trial conviction and two unanimous appellate decisions in a trade secrets case involving an employee's theft of highly confidential source code for a high-frequency trading platform. Liz offers specialized advice to clients in white-collar criminal defense matters and has represented clients in cases with U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the District of New Jersey, among others. Clients depend on Liz for her strategic thinking, extensive experience, and calm demeanor in these critically important moments. Liz provides clients with strategic counsel to manage cyber risks and respond effectively to incidents, including investigations stemming from cybersecurity events. She offers comprehensive breach response support and advises on cybersecurity regulations across various jurisdictions, helping multinational companies expand into new markets. Liz has successfully assisted clients in responding to significant cybersecurity incidents, such as ransomware attacks, and has extensive experience overseeing data review and advising on communication strategies. She holds a CIPP/US certification from the IAPP.

In brief On June 26, 2024, in Snyder v. United States, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kavanaugh, significantly limited the federal statute criminalizing gratuities in state and local jurisdictions. Snyder, a mayor, awarded a USD 1.3 million contract and received a USD 13,000 payment from the benefiting company. The Supreme Court ruled that the relevant statute, Title 18 section 666, applies only to bribes paid or promised before an official act,…