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Jones Day welcomes ex-prosecutor focused on cyber crime and intellectual property

July 2013


Global law firm Jones Day announced that Richard J. (Jay) Johnson, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas focused on cyber crime, intellectual property theft, and the collection of electronic evidence, has joined the Dallas Office as of counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice. Prior to his government service, Mr. Johnson was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC.

"Jay Johnson adds an important new facet to the formidable Texas IP practice that we've built here and in the Houston Office," said Pat Villareal, Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas Office. "I know a lot of clients who will be pleased to tap Jay's deep understanding of the cyber crime threat. He's also a seasoned trial lawyer who will be welcomed by our busy IP litigation team."

"Our innovation clients are constantly challenged throughout the world by cyber crimes implicating their technology and trade secrets," said Anthony Insogna, co-leader of Jones Day's Intellectual Property Practice. "Jay is a leader in the field who not only brings real world experience but also brings the enforcement knowledge that will allow us to provide unique approaches to solving this problem."

As the Eastern District's coordinator for computer hacking and intellectual property issues and a member of its national security team, and as part of the U.S. Justice Department's National Security Cyber Specialist network, Mr. Johnson guided the Eastern District's preparation for and response to cyber and intellectual property crime, conducted industry outreach and law enforcement training regarding such crime, and counseled prosecutors on collecting electronic evidence. He also represented the U.S. Attorney on the North Texas Crime Commission's Cyber Crime Committee.

Mr. Johnson personally handled many cases and investigations involving intellectual property and cyber crime, white collar fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and other civil and criminal matters, and he represented the United States in all stages of court practice, including grand jury presentations and appeals. He received a Director's Award for superior performance in 2012 – one of the highest honors bestowed by the Justice Department – for his role in the prosecution of a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme, and he was a frequent speaker on topics including intellectual property and cyber crime, electronic evidence, and financial investigations.

Mr. Johnson has represented technology and pharmaceutical companies in patent infringement litigation in federal district courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has advised clients on international intellectual property law and treaty compliance, federal technology transfer legislation, and listing patents in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Orange Book."

A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law (J.D. with high distinction 2002; Iowa Law Review writer and member of the Volume 87 Editorial Board) and Kansas State University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with honors, 1999), Mr. Johnson clerked for Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for Judge Monti L. Belot of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 40 offices in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, approximately half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.

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