Matthew Yarbrough, is an internationally recognized trial lawyer, expert, and pioneer in the area of cyber law. He has more than 25 years experience providing legal expertise and lecturing in the areas of eDiscovery, data security, privacy, cyber crimes, and intellectual property. Yarbrough is a former assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA), law professor, and is currently in private practice.
As an AUSA with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Yarbrough served as head of the Cyber Crimes Task Force. He prosecuted the first data/voice wire-tap of a hacking in U.S. history known as the “Phonemasters” case. He was also lead prosecutor in the U.S. v. Tejas case, one of the largest-ever theft of trade secrets cases brought under the Economic Espionage Act. Yarbrough helped create the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory for the FBI and DOJ in North Texas, still one of the largest computer forensics laboratories in the world. Yarbrough also helped establish the Texas Internet Bureau for then Attorney General John Cornyn of Texas, one of the first state Internet enforcement agencies.
The DOJ, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security have all recognized Yarbrough as an outstanding trial lawyer. He has appeared on such programs as Nightline, 20/20, and CNN as a cyber security and data law expert. He has spoken on behalf of such companies as IBM, Cisco, and Apple concerning corporate data compliance, information governance, and IP litigation. Yarbrough has also been recognized as one of the “Top Litigators” in the US by the National Law Journal. Yarbrough has been an adjunct professor at SMU’s School of Law, teaching Cyber Law and Trial Advocacy. He has authored more than a dozen articles including, “Suing the Insecure in Cyberspace.”