Albany, NY. Tina Sciocchetti, former Assistant United States Attorney and most recently, executive director for Test Security, Data Privacy, and Educator Integrity at the New York State Education Department has joined Nixon Peabody as a partner.
Tina spent 17 years as an Assistant United States Attorney serving the Northern District of New York and Washington, DC. “Tina’s years of public service as a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, and New York, and as a senior official with the New York State Education Department, will be incredibly beneficial to our clients,” said Andrew C. Rose, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Albany, NY, office. “We’re thrilled Tina has chosen to bring the knowledge and experience she gained in these roles back to the private sector.”
Tina now represents a wide range of corporations and individuals in state and federal investigations and provides counsel regarding health care fraud prevention, export compliance, data privacy, education law, immigration, and commercial litigation and appeals. At the U.S. Attorney’s office, she investigated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal and civil matters including health care, tax and financial fraud, false claims act (including qui tam/whistleblower provisions), public corruption, customs, immigration, identity theft, asset forfeiture, and violent crime.
“Tina brings a unique perspective to our clients given her experience as a former federal prosecutor,” said W. Scott O’Connell, partner and chair of Nixon Peabody’s Litigation Department. “Tina also has deep experience in data privacy from her role as a top New York State Education Department official. As businesses and organizations of all sizes and industries are facing increasing threats to their data, Tina’s leadership in this area will be an asset to our clients as we work with them to manage, mitigate, and respond to cyber threats.”
While at the New York State Education Department, Tina focused on investigations and professional discipline, and as the Department’s chief privacy officer, she monitored the use of protected student and educator information. In that role, she developed privacy policies and practices, provided guidance concerning privacy protections, investigated data breaches, and administered corrective action and compliance protocols.
Tina is active in the community through participation with various groups and organizations including serving as a board member of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and the American Cancer Society. Tina earned her J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, cum laude, and her B.S. from Union College, magna cum laude.