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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 a former federal prosecutor with 15 years of government and law firm experience in litigation, investigations, and regulatory compliance. Having previously tried a number of cases to juries in federal court, he represents companies facing complex litigation and advises on regulatory compliance measures, with an emphasis on data privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and white collar issues. Jay also co-founded the Firm's Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, a bi-monthly publication produced by a global 30-attorney team.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Jay was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas and the district wide coordinator for computer hacking and intellectual property issues. In that capacity, he guided the district's preparation for and response to cyber and IP crime and counseled prosecutors on collecting electronic evidence. Jay led numerous trial and investigations teams involving fraud, identity theft, and other federal crimes. 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 is an adjunct faculty member of the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches Data Privacy and Cybersecurity. He chairs the Dallas Bar Association's Science & Technology Law Section, serves on the Leadership Council of the ABA's Science & Technology Law 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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