Citro, Vincent A.
Address: 17 E. Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Lawyer Firm: Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A.
|Areas of Practice||Criminal, Civil Matters, Administrative Matters|
Vincent A. Citro is an attorney with the Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A. He focuses on representing individuals, executives, and legal entities in criminal and related civil and administrative matters, including grand jury and internal investigations. Mr. Citro has represented clients in state and federal courts and has extensive experience in complex federal criminal and national security matters.
Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Citro was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), both in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Florida. During his tenure in DOJ’s U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) from 2002 until 2010, Mr. Citro prosecuted the panoply of federal crimes, including national security, drug trafficking, firearms, cyber, export, violent, economic, public corruption, and child exploitation offenses. The complexity of Mr. Citro’s cases caused him to work with law enforcement officers throughout the world. From 2011 until 2015, Mr. Citro served as a criminal division supervisor in the Orlando and Ocala offices. In this position, he approved proposed indictments and plea agreements; oversaw grand jury practices; acted as liaison to the judiciary, federal and state agencies, and the DOJ; and evaluated and supervised attorneys and professional support staff. In addition, Mr. Citro was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for investigations in South Florida. Also, from 2011 until 2015, Mr. Citro supervised the USAO’s national security program. As the USAO’s first National Security Cyber Specialist and its Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator, Mr. Citro oversaw and prosecuted matters in coordination with DOJ’s Counterterrorism Section and Counter Espionage and Export Control Section. He also held a top secret security clearance. Mr. Citro last held the position of Senior Litigation Counsel before joining The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A.
In addition, Mr. Citro held two positions in the nation’s capital. As a result of abilities he demonstrated as a federal prosecutor, including prosecuting homicides, Mr. Citro was appointed to serve on the Attorney General’s Capital Case Review Committee. As a committee member, he analyzed cases throughout the United States in which the death penalty was authorized by law, and made recommendations to DOJ’s leadership about whether the death penalty should be sought. Finally, from 2015 to 2016, Mr. Citro served as a Trial Attorney in DOJ’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section, where he advised and guided federal prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and the intelligence community on cases affecting the United States’ national security, including DOJ-priority cases involving international, domestic, and cyber terrorism. He also developed and managed national security cases for prosecution.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Citro was an associate in the litigation department of a large business law firm based in Orlando. He also served as an adjunct professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration. Mr. Citro has provided training to federal and state officials, and the public sector on national security, cyber matters, and fraud.
Mr. Citro earned his J.D cum laude from Stetson University’s College of Law in 2000, where he was a member of the Stetson Law Review and its nationally ranked Trial Team. While in law school, Mr. Citro published a law review article on why polygraph evidence should not be admissible in federal criminal courts. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Stetson University’s School of Business Administration. In 2013, Stetson University College of Law recognized Mr. Citro’s contributions to the profession by awarding him its Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Citro has also received accolades from the DOJ, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service, the Department of the Army, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, New Scotland Yard, state law enforcement agencies, and others. The Federal Bar Association awarded Mr. Citro the Younger Federal Lawyer of the Year at its national convention in 2016.
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