Richard J. Johnson (Jay)

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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.

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