Jay Johnson is a former federal prosecutor with 14 years of combined government and law firm experience in litigation, investigations, and regulatory compliance. Having previously tried 10 cases to juries in federal court, he defends companies facing complex litigation and regulatory inquiries, advises on corporate compliance measures, and manages incident response, with an emphasis on data privacy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property 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 he counseled prosecutors on collecting electronic evidence. Jay also 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, and he traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Croatia to train local judges and law enforcement personnel on financial investigation techniques.
Jay is an adjunct faculty member of the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches Data Privacy and Cybersecurity. He is an officer in the Dallas Bar Association's Computer Law Section and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas (2009-2013)
Experian defends against series of nationwide class actions after breach of T-Mobile applicant data
Manufacturing company seeks advice on potential employee appropriation of data
Energy provider obtains counsel on newly enacted state data breach notification laws
Honors & Distinctions
Selected by D Magazine as one of Best Lawyers in Dallas 2016 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
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)