RJ has tried over 60 cases to jury verdict in federal court as lead trial counsel. These include both civil and criminal cases involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, bank, computer and healthcare fraud, false claims, bribery, public corruption and environmental cases. RJ has handled hundreds of hearings including bench trials, preliminary injunctions, suppression hearings and summary judgments. He has submitted, and argued as lead counsel, over 35 criminal and civil appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits and the Illinois and Minnesota Appellate Courts.
RJ’s intellectual Property practice focuses on patent and trade secret counseling and litigation and USPTO post grant reviews and re-examinations. RJ has been counseling and litigating patents and trade secret claims for over 29 years.
RJ’s government enforcement and corporate investigations focuses on counseling, compliance, internal investigations, and defense of government enforcement actions and investigations. RJ’s main substantive areas are corruption, economic espionage, false claims and healthcare fraud cases
Education & Admissions
University of Illinois (J.D., 1989), summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Notes and Comments Editor
Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., 1979), Computer Science Minor
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Spanish, Arabic
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chief Judge John F. Grady, 1989-1991
RJ’s experience includes counseling and asserting and defending patents and trade secret claims for clients such as Canon, Micron Technology, AT&T, Honeywell, Valspar, Mosaic, Mate Precision, St. Jude Medical, AGA Medical, Tyco Healthcare, 3M, Endress & Hauser, ANGUS Chemical, Alcatel, U.S. Cellular, Aetna, Levapan S.A., Menard’s, Fiber Composites, Signal Technology, ASICS, Boston Scientific, and OmniActive Health Technologies
RJ has handled matters involving wireless devices, electronic consumer products, electronic control systems, digital Coriolis flowmeters, encryption, identity, and memory devices, digital and analog circuits, electrical transmission systems, telecommunication devices and systems, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, systematic investment models, nutraceuticals and nutritional supplements, multi-modal polymers, adhesives, composites, and chemical and mechanical processes.
Prior to law school, RJ worked seven years as a hardware and software design engineer for Honeywell, Inc., designing microprocessor based instrumentation and digital and analog circuitry for environmental control systems for commercial buildings and complexes. He was awarded the 1983 Honeywell Technical Excellence Award for his design of software and hardware controlled memory device and circuit board testing system.
Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations
RJ’s experience includes extensive experience in investigating, prosecuting, and defending complex white-collar cases. While at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota, RJ led the investigation and prosecution of hundreds of criminal cases, including cases involving bribery and corruption; bank, computer, healthcare, mail, securities, tax and wire fraud; false statements and claims; economic espionage; and environmental offenses (including the then two largest criminal environmental cases in Minnesota history). He also prosecuted numerous cases involving multi-defendant fraud conspiracies, conspiracies to defraud the United States, narcotics and violent crimes, gang-related crimes, and trafficking in counterfeit goods and copyright and trademark infringement cases.
Since returning to private practice, RJ has defended numerous government enforcement actions and conducted internal investigations involving allegations of bribery and corrupt practices (including alleged FCPA violations and corrupt practices in Brazil, China, France, Panama, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom); theft of trade secrets; environmental violations; fraud (bank, computer, healthcare, mail, securities, tax and wire); false claims and statements under the FCA; adulterated and misbranded drugs and medical devices; off-label promotion; and economic espionage.
News & Resources
News & Press Mentions
Events & Speaking Engagements
Industries & Practices
- Anti-Corruption Group
- Antitrust & Competition Law
- Banking & Financial Institutions
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
- Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
- Indian & Alaska Native
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Legal Project Management
- Pro Bono
- Public-Private Partnerships
Professional & Civic
- Serves the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under its Criminal Justice Act Plan and is appointed regularly to represent indigent criminal defendants in federal felony cases
- Served on Court’s Federal Practice (Local Rules) Committee and ECF Sealed Committee
- Recognized by Hennepin County Bar Association Excellence Award for Pro Bono Service, 2018
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2015-2019
- Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
- Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell's® highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability
- MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2013-2017