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Richard J. Johnson (Jay)


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  • University of Iowa (J.D. with high distinction 2002; Editor, Law Review); Kansas State University (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honors 1999; Elected outstanding senior in mechanical engineering by faculty)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, District of Columbia, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Law Clerk to: Judge Raymond C. Clevenger III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (2004-2005) and Judge Monti L. Belot, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas (2002-2004)

Government Service

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas (2009-2013)

Jay Johnson is an authority on data privacy, cybersecurity, and related white collar issues. He is a former federal prosecutor with 16 years of government and law firm experience in leading investigations, counseling on regulatory compliance, and handling litigation in a first-chair capacity. He now conducts security-related internal investigations, leads data breach response teams, and counsels on data protection measures and compliance with privacy laws and standards to minimize potential exposure.

At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Jay was the district-wide coordinator for computer hacking and intellectual property. In that capacity he guided the district's preparation for and response to cyber and IP crime and counseled prosecutors on collecting electronic evidence. He also led numerous trial and investigations teams involving fraud, identity theft, and other federal crimes, and he received the Justice Department's Director's Award for Superior Performance as lead trial counsel in the prosecution of a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme. Jay also traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Croatia to train local judges and law enforcement personnel on effective investigation techniques.

Jay co-founded the Firm's Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, a bi-monthly publication produced by a global attorney team. He is an adjunct faculty member at the SMU Dedman School of Law where he developed and teaches the school's flagship class on data privacy and cybersecurity law. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the ABA's SciTech Section and is vice chair of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Selected by D Magazine in 2016 and 2017 for "Best Lawyers in Dallas" in digital information law

    Recipient of the 2013 Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney — Criminal from the Department of Justice

    Nominated for the 2011 Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee
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