• General Information
  • Bar Admissions
  • Education
  • Awards, Accolades & Publications
  • Former Experience
  • Past Employment Positions
  • Attorney Vincent A. Citro, Associate

    Bringing You Experience from All Aspects of Criminal Defense

    Attorney Vincent A. Citro

    Location: Orlando, Florida

    Phone: (407) 901-5852

    Fax: 407-849-1321

    Email: E-mail Me

    Background & Practice

    Vincent A. Citro is an attorney with The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A. This Orlando criminal defense lawyer 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 Mark L. Horwitz, P.A.

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    Vince Citro, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, pictured here with firm president Mark Horwitz before a Sunday morning motorcycle ride.

    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.




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  • Areas of Practice

    • Criminal Law

    Bar Admissions

    • Florida, 2001
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois General Bar
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Education

    • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
      • J.D. cum laude - 2000
      • Honors: Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013
      • Nationally Ranked Trial Team Member: Stetson Law Review Member
    • Stetson University’s School of Business Administration, DeLand, Florida
      • Master of Business Administration
    • Stetson University’s School of Business Administration, DeLand, Florida
      • Bachelor of Business Administration

    Classes/Seminars

    • "Investigating and Prosecuting Economic Crimes in Federal Court," Florida Financial Regulation Office Investigators Annual Training (June 2015)
    • "Cybersecurity," Electronic Crimes Task Force Meeting (May 2015)
    • "Partnering with DOJ on Cyber Issues," Infragard Meeting (May 2015)
    • "Obtaining and Using Electronic Evidence," New AUSA Training (March 2015)
    • HD Supply Legal Department Conference on Electronic Discovery (April 2012)
    • Anti-Money Laundering Audit & Compliance Forum (April 2006)
    • Law & Ethics, University of Central Florida, 2001
    • CLE: Evidence & Advocacy, ABA/Stetson University College of Law , 2001
    • Trial Advocacy, Stetson University College of Law , 2000

    Fraternities

    • Sigma Nu
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Honors and Awards

    • Walter Mann Award for Legal Excellence
    • Victor O. Whele Trial Advocacy Award
    • Ralph Harris Farrell Award
    • Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Advocacy
    • Younger Federal Lawyer Award, Federal Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association Younger Federal Lawyer Award
    • Stetson University College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award
    • U.S. Attorney’s Office Outstanding Productivity Award
    • U.S. Attorney’s Office Selfless Assistance to Office and Colleagues Award
    • U.S. Army’s Provost Marshall Certificate of Appreciation
    • FBI Director’s Certificate of Appreciation for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest
    • FBI Explosives Unit Certificate of Appreciation
    • FBI Brevard Resident Agency Award for Outstanding Contributions
    • FBI and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad Certificate of Appreciation
    • DEA Certificate of Appreciate for Outstanding Contributions (three different occasions)
    • U.S. Marshal’s Service Recognition of Special Achievement
    • DHS OIG Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions
    • NASA OIG Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions
    • New Scotland Yard SO15 Counter Terrorism Command Plaque
    • National Association of Black Narcotics Agents Appreciation Award
    • Mr. Citro has also received accolades from:
    • The DOJ
    • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    • 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

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • George C. Young American Inn of Court
    • Federal Bar Assoc.
    • Orange County Bar Assoc.
    • Federalist Society

    Published Works

    • Playing Pin the Tail on the Truth, Why Polygraph Should be Excluded, 30 Stetson Law Rev. 715, Fall, 2000
  • Former Experience

    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. The Federal Bar Association also awarded Mr. Citro one of five Younger Federal Lawyers of the Year at its national convention in 2016.

  • Past Employment Positions

    • Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section, Trial Attorney, 2015 – 2016
    • Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Attorney General’s Capital Case Review Committee, 2014 -2015
    • The United States Attorney's Office, 2002 - 2016
      • Senior Litigation Counsel, 2016
      • Criminal Division Branch Supervisor, 2011 –2015
      • National Security Cyber Specialist, 2012 –2015
      • Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator, 2011 –2015
      • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, S.D. Fla., 2012 - 2014
      • Organized Crime & Drug Enforcement Task Force, 2004 –2011
    • University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration, Adjunct Professor, 2001 - 2005
    • Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., Litigation Group, 2001 - 2002
    • State Attorney's Offices, Special Assistant State Attorney, 2000
    • Stetson University College of law, Teaching Assistant, 1999 - 2000
    • The United States Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk, 1999

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