Adam M. Elewa
Adam M. Elewa is a criminal defense lawyer whose practice focuses on complex appeals and cases involving new technologies. As an associate at the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, he represented at trial an airline pilot accused of smuggling child pornography from Canada on a jailbroken iPad, challenged the government's use of a Network Investigative Technique ("NIT") warrant, and successfully appealed the judgment of conviction and sentence of a car exporter who was accused of smuggling more than 100 kilos of heroin from Africa. Mr. Elewa has a background in computer science and computer networking. He applies his technical expertise to defend people accused of computer-based crimes, computer trespass laws, and those whose cases involve digital forensics or high-tech government surveillance. He has defended journalists, information technology professionals, and individuals accused of being associated with Anonymous, the “hacktivist” collective.
Prior to joining the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, Mr. Elewa held a year-long fellowship with ZwillGen, PLLC, which represented Apple Inc. in their dispute with the Department of Justice over iPhone encryption, and Yahoo! in challenging the PRISM surveillance program. Mr. Elewa was an associate with Tor Ekeland, PLLC, a nationally recognized computer law, intellectual property, and criminal defense practice. Mr. Elewa also worked in-house at the financial technology company Venmo, Inc. on issues related to money-laundering, terrorist financing, crypto currencies like Bitcoin, and financial crime.
Mr. Elewa graduated from Fordham Law School in 2014. He holds a B.A. from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he is currently an adjunct professor teaching engineering and computer science students about legal developments related to computer crime, government surveillance, and digital searches. Mr. Elewa is admitted to practice in both New York and the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Advocacy Committee where he is actively involved in a subcommittee focused on emerging computer crime and technology-related civil liberties issues.
Mr. Elewa is available to clients and other attorneys to consult on technical matters that arise in criminal cases, such as Cellebrite analyses of mobile phones and devices, computer forensics, digital child pornography, mobile phone and license plate location tracking, NIT warrants, the Dark Net and TOR, reverse cell site searches, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA"), and FOSTA/SESTA.