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As a partner at the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A., Vincent A. Citro represents individuals, executives, and legal entities in criminal and related civil and administrative matters, including grand jury and internal investigations. Mr. Citro has represented clients throughout the country in state and federal courts. Mr. Citro has represented clients’ interests in European and Asian countries. Mr. Citro is a Board-Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar, and a Board Certified Advocate in Criminal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Criminal Defense in Orlando, both for white-collar and general practice, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite™, and has an AV® Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating. Mr. Citro’s engagements include defending professionals in federal jury trials, conducting internal investigations for companies facing federal and state criminal investigations, and defending clients against DOJ, federal civil enforcement agencies (SEC, CFTC, FTC), IRS, and several state attorneys general.
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. During his tenure in DOJ's U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) from 2002 until 2010, Mr. Citro prosecuted the full panoply of federal crimes, including:
- National security
- Drug trafficking
- Cyber crimes
- Export crimes
- Violent crimes
- Economic crimes
- Public corruption
- Child exploitation offenses
From 2011 until 2015, Mr. Citro served as a criminal division supervisor. 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
- 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 what was then 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 U.S. in which the death penalty was authorized by law, and made recommendations to DOJ's leadership about whether the death penalty should be sought.
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.
Finally, Mr. Citro is an Adjunct Professor at the Stetson University College of Law, where he teaches a course on healthcare fraud and abuse. Mr. Citro previously taught law and ethics to undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Central Florida College of Business.
Vince Citro, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, pictured here with firm founding partner, Mark Horwitz, before a Sunday morning motorcycle ride.