Tina Sciocchetti

Tina Sciocchetti is a partner in our Government Investigations and White Collar practice group. Tina is a former federal prosecutor and data privacy watchdog. She served for over seventeen years as an Assistant United States Attorney in both Washington, DC, and Albany. 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, asset forfeiture, sexual assault and child pornography and violent crime.

Tina also served as an executive director at the New York State Education Department focusing on investigations and professional discipline, and as the Department’s chief privacy officer, monitoring the use of protected student and educator information. In that role, she developed privacy policies and practices, provided guidance concerning privacy protections and handled data breaches.

Tina now represents a wide range of corporations and individuals in state and federal investigations and provides counsel in the areas of health care, securities, government contracts, ethics and lobbying and false claims. She also counsels educational institutions regarding compliance with federal and state mandates, conducts investigations in school settings and oversees institutional responses to investigations and inquiries by state and federal regulators. Tina has particular experience in the areas of student affairs and discipline, investigations of historical sexual misconduct, FERPA/student privacy, student safety and sexual misconduct on campus, including Title IX, the Clery Act and New York State Education Law 129-B.

What do you focus on?

Government Investigations/Qui Tam Defense

I focus on complex civil and criminal matters involving government investigations, white collar criminal defense, qui tam litigation, and regulatory compliance. This includes conducting all manner of internal investigations, responding to subpoenas/inquiries/search warrants from investigative bodies, grand jury counseling, coordinating/negotiating criminal settlements such as deferred and non-prosecution agreements, resist/defend debarment proceedings for government contractors and conducting “soup-to-nuts” jury/non-jury trials and administrative proceedings.


I also focus on counseling educational institutions, particularly in the areas of sexual and gender-based harassment, student conduct and disciplinary proceedings, school safety and disability rights compliance. My experience includes on-campus work as a Director of Student Wellbeing, investigation and response to current and historical sexual misconduct, auditing student conduct and safety programs, developing effective institutional policies and practices and advising trustees, administrators, faculty/staff and students on a variety of issues. I also help schools respond to investigations by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Clery Compliance Division, and the N.Y. State Office of Campus Safety.

Data Privacy

One of the most pressing issues for educational institutions and vendors of educational products is understanding and complying with the rapidly evolving state, federal and international privacy requirements concerning student data. I provide comprehensive counseling regarding educational data privacy, compliance with records retention and privacy laws and responding to data security breaches.

What do you see on the horizon?

Increased regulatory enforcement is emerging in all sectors, and public and private entities must be prepared with experienced, effective counsel when the government comes calling.


  • “Criminal Law for Civil Practitioners,” NDNY Federal Bar Association Annual CLE, Albany, NY, December 2019
  • “Higher Education Legal Compliance Update,” 2019 Albany College and University Breakfast Series by The Bonadio Group, Schenectady, NY, July 2019
  • “Beyond FERPA: What California and New York Require of EdTech Providers,” Privacy + Security Forum, Washington, DC, October 2016
  • “Interacting with the Government in Data Breaches,” IAPP Global Privacy Summit, Washington, DC, April 2016


  • “Appellate Court upholds constitutionality of NY’s campus sexual assault law,” Higher Education Alert, September 30, 2019
  • “N.Y. extends mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse by school staff and volunteers to private schools,” Education Law Alert, December 13, 2018
  • “Proposed Title IX regulations – what institutions need to know,” Higher Education Alert, December 9, 2018
  • “NY’s High Court holds hearsay can support findings of campus sexual assault,” Higher Education Alert, October 22, 2018
  • “New York court concludes university’s determination of dating violence was arbitrary and capricious,” Higher Education Alert, May 9, 2018
  • “Uneven recognition of gender identity discrimination claims under Title VII and Title IX,” Higher Education Alert, April 9, 2018
  • “Higher Education Should Note Recent Title VII Rulings” Law360, April 5, 2018
  • “Seeing #MeToo and other online reports of sexual misconduct involving your students and faculty? Tips for addressing allegations successfully,” Higher Education Alert, February 7, 2018
  • “Department of Education withdraws Obama-era Title IX Guidance: What does it mean going forward?” Higher Education Alert, September 25, 2017
  • “Florida ‘Black Box’ Ruling: Game Changer for Vehicle Tech,” Law360, April 26, 2017
  • “Proposed Class Action Data Breach Suit Against Health Insurer Quashed for Lack of Sufficient Injury,” Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report, September 2016
  • “The Risk of Data Misuse by Health Care Co. Employees,” Law360, May 25, 2016

Former MoviePass execs agree to $400,000 settlement with four California District Attorneys' offices who had alleged ‘unlawful business practices’

Business Insider | June 03, 2021

Albany Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti was mentioned in this article for representing ex-MoviePass executives Mitch Lowe and Ted Farnsworth in the settlement. Tina was also quoted, highlighting that nothing in the settlement can be “construed as an admission or denial” of guilt by the executives.


Tina Sciocchetti



Phone: 518-427-2677

New York

Phone: 212-224-7352

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Union College, B.S., magna cum laude

New York

District of Columbia

Tina Sciocchetti is a board member of the Brown School, The Legal Project, and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association. She is also a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.

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