RJ is Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud Practice Group and a partner in the IP Litigation Practice Group. He has extensive experience in trial and appellate advocacy. RJ has tried over 40 cases to jury verdict in federal court as lead trial counsel in both civil and criminal cases, including patent infringement, contract, civil fraud, and criminal healthcare, wire, and mail fraud cases. He has handled hundreds of bench trials, evidentiary hearings, and summary judgment arguments throughout the country, in both federal and state courts. He also has submitted, and argued, over 30 civil and criminal appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits.
RJ has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending complex white collar criminal cases involving environmental crimes, healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, computer fraud and abuse, economic espionage, and corrupt practices. While at United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota, he prosecuted all of the environmental crime cases, including the then two largest criminal environmental cases in the history of the State of Minnesota. He also investigated and prosecuted numerous healthcare, mail, and wire fraud cases, including large multi-defendant conspiracies and conspiracies to defraud the United States. Since his return to private practice, RJ has conducted numerous internal investigations and defended cases involving allegations of healthcare fraud, mail and wire fraud, environmental violations, computer fraud and abuse, economic espionage, and corrupt practices.
RJ’s IP Litigation Practice emphasizes patent and trade secret litigation. His clients have included St. Jude Medical, AGA Medical, Tyco Healthcare, 3M, Imation, Endress & Hauser, ANGUS Chemical, Alcatel, U.S. Cellular, Aetna, Levapan S.A., Menard’s, Telluride Asset Management, Fiber Composites, Signal Technology, Valspar, Micron Technology, ASICS, Guidant, OmniActive Health Technologies, and Spectralytics. RJ’s technical areas of practice include medical devices, systematic investment models, nutraceuticals and nutritional supplements, polymers, adhesives, coriolis flowmeters, composites, encryption devices, identity cards, memory devices, control systems, digital and analog circuitry, telecommunications, and chemical and mechanical processes.
RJ was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota as the receiver in the matters of SEC v. Cook, et. al (09 cv 3333); CFTC v. Cook, et. al (09 cv 3332); SEC v. Beckman, et. al (11 cv 574); and In re Search Warrants (10 mj 00071). He also serves on the Court’s Criminal Justice Act panel.
Before becoming a lawyer, RJ spent seven years as a hardware and software design engineer for Honeywell, Inc., designing microprocessor based instrumentation and was awarded the 1983 Honeywell Technical Excellence Award.