Jimmy Kitchen is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who has led groundbreaking cyber investigations, including one that led to the first-ever corporate cyberespionage indictment of Chinese military hackers in the landmark case of U.S. v. Wang Dong, et al. The case set new precedent on the cyber-investigative capabilities of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a prosecutor for more than 17 years and now a litigator at the Firm, Jimmy has tried 49 first-chair jury trials, has successfully argued at the U.S. Court of Appeals, and has extensive experience on his feet in U.S. District Court and state courts.
Jimmy has led hundreds of investigations, including those involving cybercrimes, corporate trade secret theft, counterespionage, environmental crimes, terrorism, mail/wire fraud, and money laundering. He has worked and coordinated with numerous federal and state agencies, private sector cybersecurity firms, as well as large corporations who have been the victims of industrial espionage, such as Westinghouse, U. S. Steel, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Alcoa, Trimble Navigation, Moody's Analytics, Siemens, and PPG.
As a result of his extensive experience, Jimmy was designated as both a National Security Cyber Specialist and an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator by the DOJ, and he has been named as the inaugural Practice Affiliate Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. He presents nationally as an authority on cybersecurity and investigations at cybersecurity forums and before corporate boards of directors.
Jimmy assists companies with cybersecurity and breach response, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other internal investigations and compliance, as well as FBI, DOJ, SEC, and Attorney General investigations.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Led the investigation leading to the 2017 indictment in U.S. v. Wu Yingzhou, et al. of three members of the Guangzhou, China-based cyber security firm known as Boyusec, known by private sector cybersecurity experts as "APT3," for hacking into Moody's Analytics, Siemens, and Trimble Navigation.
Led the investigation and international coordination that resulted in the 2015 dismantling of the Darkode criminal computer hacking forum, the most sophisticated English-speaking hacking forum on the internet. The investigation resulted in the prosecution of more than 70 defendants worldwide and resulted in nine convictions of Darkode members in the United States.
Led the investigation resulting in the 2014 indictment in U.S. v. Wang Dong, et al. of five Chinese PLA soldiers, known by private sector cybersecurity experts as "APT1," for hacking into six major U.S. corporations including Westinghouse, U. S. Steel, Allegheny Technologies, and Alcoa.
Led the investigation resulting in the indictment and arrest of former PPG, Inc. employee Thomas Rukavina who stole PPG trade secrets pertaining to high-speed train window glass and sold them to a competitor Chinese glass company.
Led the investigation resulting in the 2012 indictment and arrest of Scottish terrorist Adam Busby who sent more than 50 bomb threats online through anonymized email to the University of Pittsburgh causing nearly 150 evacuations.
Investigated the 2005 explosion at BP Texas City refinery that killed 15 and injured more than 170. Case resulted in a $50 million fine, the largest ever imposed against a corporation under the Clean Air Act.
Member of the prosecution team that prosecuted four managers at the Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company plant, and the controlling corporation, for worker safety violations and violations of the Clean Water Act. Case resulted in jail terms for the convicted plant managers and an $8 million fine against Atlantic States.
Evidence Collection in Criminal Investigations: Cross-Border Issues and Corporate Employee Considerations
Publications Prior to Jones Day
May 17, 2016
Citing Cyber Espionage, US Steel Seeks China Import Ban Through IP Trade Law, Law.com
May 12, 2016
How the Steel City Became the Front Line in America’s Cyber War, Foreign Policy
- October 2, 2019
Cybersecurity Preparedness, Enterpreneurs' Organization (EO) Pittsburgh, FBI-Pittsburgh Field Office
- September 19, 2019
Corporate Governance in 2020 and Beyond: Opportunities and Challenges, panel moderator, Government Enforcement and Individual Accountability
- June 3, 2019
The Ripple Effect of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, Cyburgh 2019
- February 21, 2019
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, MSA CLE
- February 21, 2019
Jones Day's 2019 Speaker Series: Protecting Your Company's Trade Secrets
- November 27, 2018
Cybercrime Update 2018, Jones Day Cleveland CLE Academy
- November 16, 2018
Cybersecurity Update, Marathon Oil CLE
- October 5, 2018
GDPR and Data Privacy Concerns: How Businesses Can Prepare; IUP, S&T Bank, and Infragard Present Securing Our Region, A Cybersecurity Seminar
- August 14, 2018
Future Generation: Exploring How Today's Energy Innovations are Working to Meet Tomorrow's Challenges, 2018 Pittsburgh Energy Forum Series
- July 19, 2018
Cybercrime Update 2018, U.S District Court and the Women's Bar Association for the Western District of Pennsylvania Summer Speaker Series
- June 12, 2018
Confronting the Cyber Threat, Rolling Rock Club Speaker Series
- April 19, 2018
Hackers and the GDPR Are Coming: How Health Care Companies Can Prepare, Jones Day 2018 Health Care and Life Sciences Forum:
- March 29, 2018
Computer Forensics: Applications and Utility, Friends of E-Discovery
Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day
June 23, 2017
Keynote Speaker, Securing Our Region: A Cyber Security Seminar, presented by Indiana University-Pennsylvania/S&T Bank
November 10, 2016
Cybersecurity Panelist, Cracking the Code: Cybersecurity for Tomorrow, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and K&L Gates
October 27, 2016
Cybersecurity Panelist, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
July 18, 2016
Working with the Private Sector in the PLA Hacking Case, Minneapolis Business Alliance Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 9, 2016
Working with the Private Sector in the PLA Hacking Case, Combatting Cybersecurity Threats: Collaboration Between Government Agencies and the Private Sector, University of Connecticut
February 23, 2016
A Conversation With the Regulators, American Bar Association National Institute on Cybersecurity, Fordham University School of Law
December 4, 2015
Foreign Threats to United States Intellectual Property, New England Cybercrime Conference
November 20, 2015
Case Study: PLA Hackers, Northern West Virginia Cybersecurity Symposium
Fairmont, West Virginia
October 16, 2015
Case Study: PLA Hackers, Overseas Advisory Council Conference
New York, New York
July 17, 2015
Case Study: PLA Hackers, Cybersecurity: Threat & Response
June 11, 2015
Cybercrime and Information Governance, ILO 2015 Global Counsel Congress
New York, New York
February 13, 2015
Public-Private Cooperation in Cybersecurity, Pittsburgh Cybersecurity Program
December 9, 2014
Confronting the Cyber Threat, K & L Gates Cybersecurity Forum on Minimizing Risk and Managing Consequences
- University of Arizona (J.D. 2000; President, Asian-American Law Students Association; Moot Court Outstanding Oral Advocate Award; B.A. in Political Science/Mathematics cum laude 1997; Student Leadership Team Member)
- Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Served with the U.S. Department of Justice in the United States Attorney's Offices for the Southern District of Texas, District of New Jersey, and Western District of Pennsylvania as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (2004-2018), including Deputy Chief, National Security/Cybercrimes Section, Western District of Pennsylvania (2013-2018); Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney's Office, Houston, Texas (2000-2004)
The Legal 500 United States: trade secrets (2020)
Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award
FBI Director's Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation
Western Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Agency Director's Award
Environmental Protection Agency Gold Medal for Exceptional Service