Vincent A. Citro, Partner
Former Prosecutor Who Understands Both Sides
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 in state and
federal courts and has extensive experience in complex federal criminal
and national security matters. 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® in Orlando 2019 for Criminal Defense, both for white-collar and general
practice. Most recently, Mr. Citro was recognized in the 2019 edition
of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite™. 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 the IRS, SEC, FTC, and several state attorneys general.
Background and Experiences
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 panoply of federal
Child exploitation offenses
Vince Citro, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, pictured here with firm founding
partner, Mark Horwitz, before a Sunday morning motorcycle ride.
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.
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
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