Jay Johnson is an authority on data privacy, cybersecurity, and related corporate compliance issues. Having previously tried 10 cases to verdict as a federal prosecutor, he now represents corporate clients in privacy- and cybersecurity-related investigations and litigation, advises on corporate data practices through counseling and compliance reviews, and manages incident response for clients facing data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. Jay also co-founded and edits the Firm's bi-monthly Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update
Prior to joining Jones Day, Jay was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and coordinator for computer hacking and intellectual property issues in the Eastern District of Texas. In that capacity, he guided the district's preparation for and response to cyber and IP crime, and he counseled prosecutors on collecting electronic evidence. Jay led federal investigations involving identity theft, white collar fraud, and other crimes, and he traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Croatia to train local law enforcement on investigation techniques. He also represented the United States in federal jury trials, receiving 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 is an adjunct faculty member of the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches Information Privacy and Security Law. He is vice chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee and an officer in the Dallas Bar Association's Computer Law Section.
Jay also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
Manufacturing company seeks advice on potential employee appropriation of data
Energy provider obtains counsel on newly enacted state data breach notification laws
Kyocera obtains stay of EDTX lawsuit accusing its camera phones of patent infringement
Honors & Distinctions
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
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)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas (2009-2013)