About John Bandler

John Bandler is a lawyer, consultant, author, teacher, and speaker who helps individuals and organizations navigate today's risks. His areas of expertise include cybersecurity, cybercrime prevention and investigation, crime investigation, privacy, anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, law, criminal justice, and more. Before entering private practice John served in law enforcement for over twenty years as a prosecutor and police officer.

Founder of Bandler Law Firm PLLC and Bandler Group LLC

John left government service in 2015 and founded his law firm and consulting practices to bring his expertise to the private sector as either legal or consulting services.

Bandler Law Firm PLLC and Bandler Group LLC

Cybersecurity and preventing cybercrime

Prevention of cybercrime (with good cybersecurity) is the preferred goal, and this often means having good practices and policies. Laws and regulations also may require a certain level of security and written documentation. Good cybersecurity is a part of effective management of  information assets and of the organization in general. Investigating after an incident is also important, sometimes legally required. John has built extensive resources to support these endeavors.

Services for organizations and individuals

John's services bring his expertise to organizations of all sizes, and individuals as well. The goal is protect from harm, improve cybersecurity and management of information assets, and improve efficiency. Individuals, small, medium, and large organizations have benefited from his expertise and diligence as he helped them improve cybersecurity and prevent and respond to cybercrimes and other events.


John speaks to a variety of audiences, including through speaking engagements and media appearances to help others better understand the issues of the day including cybersecurity, cybercrime and criminal justice.


John is the author of two books and many articles. The most recent book is Cybercrime Investigations: A Comprehensive Resource for Everyone, written for investigators and future investigators from all sectors (law enforcement and private), and for investigators of all types, regardless of their title. This also makes a great course book. John's first book is Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: The Lawyer's Guide to Taking Charge of Your Own Information Security, a comprehensive guide for readers of all professions and technical skill levels. It's from a lawyer and published by the ABA, and it's suitable for anyone (from any sector) who wants to improve their knowledge and improve their security at home and in the workplace. John authored an online privacy course to teach about privacy, law, and prepare for the CIPP/US certification and another course on cybersecurity policies. John's articles span many topics, including cybersecurity, cybercrime, money laundering, virtual currency, privacy, governance, technology, and more.


John teaches our next generations about topics relating to law, cyberlaw, cybercrime cybersecurity, and security, and has built many resources for students to parallel his courses. This teaching takes place in a law school, graduate school, undergraduate schools, and online learning platforms.

Former prosecutor

In 2002 John was hired by the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office.  For thirteen years he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases ranging from global cybercrime and financial crime to violent street crime. Notably, and with a dedicated team, he investigated and proved a ground breaking case, People v. Western Express International, Inc. et al. The investigation and prosecution uncovered the global trafficking of stolen hacked data, money laundering of digital currency criminal proceeds, and identity theft, and successfully prosecuted international cybercriminals and U.S. based identity thieves, which culminated in guilty verdicts after a lengthy trial in 2013 (John's new book has some fascinating vignettes about this case). John also worked on hundreds of other matters, each important to the victims and for the administration of justice.

Former state trooper

In 1994 John graduated from the New York State Police Academy and went on to serve for eight years as a State Trooper, serving in one of the busiest stations in the state, providing full police services to the local community.

Education and certifications

John graduated from Hamilton College in 1992 with a major in Physics and a minor in Computer Science, and earned the Phi Betta Kappa key.  He also earned his commission in the U.S. Army through the R.O.T.C. program, and went on to serve in the New York Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, serving in Infantry and Military Intelligence Units.

While serving as a Trooper, he attended Pace University School of Law's night program, where he graduated in 2002.

John continues learning every day and holds certifications in information security, privacy, anti-money laundering, fraud investigations, and information technology, including:

  • ​Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from (ISC)², the International Information System Security Certification Consortium
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) from GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification), part of The SANS Institute
  • GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN) from SANS
  • GIAC Critical Controls Certification (GCCC) from SANS
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) from IAPP
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) from ACAMS
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Project+ from CompTIA, the Computer Technology Industry Association
  • Security+ from CompTIA
  • Cloud+ from CompTIA
  • Network + from CompTIA
  • A+ from CompTIA


John serves on a number of boards, some as an advisor, and some in a fiduciary role. John has interests and hobbies outside of the above professional pursuits, including trees, plants, gardening, and food allergies, and most importantly is a father, husband, and son.

Other bios on the web

By now you have read more than enough about John, but he also has bios sprinkled other places on the web as well, including



Updated 10/20/2023.