RJ Zayed
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RJ Zayed

Partner
zayed.rj@dorsey.com

Overview

RJ helps clients protect their assets and reputation in the areas of patents, trade secrets, and government enforcement and corporate investigations.

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

Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • 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

Languages

  • Spanish, Arabic

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chief Judge John F. Grady, 1989-1991

Experience

Representative Work

Intellectual Property
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

Articles

DOJ Issues Consolidated Guidance for False Claims Act Cooperation Credit
Grant-Fraud Guilty Plea Underscores Potential Civil and Administrative Liability for Recipients of Federal Funds
The Anatomy of Corporate Criminal Liability: Appellate Court Sustains Organizational Conviction and Imposition of Maximum Penalty for Violations of Civil Safety Regulations
Two Recent Justice Department Memoranda May Have Significant Consequences for Pending and Future False Claims Act Enforcement
Best Practices in the Era of Outside Investigations: Is Your Organization Ready?
Dorsey Health Law Blog: Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for remuneration
Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for remuneration
Supreme Court Upholds Implied Certification Theory of False Claims Act Liability, But Imposes Some Limitations on its Reach
Dawning of New Era in Trade Secrets Litigation
Supreme Court Holds Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel Limits Pre-Trial Asset Freezing
Prosecutors Pierce Attorney-Client Privilege in Procurement-Fraud Investigation; Court Orders “Compliance” Advice Of Counsel to Be Disclosed
SEC Fines KBR $130,000 for Using Employee Confidentiality Agreement that Violates Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations Newsletters
Seminar Playback: Company Computers Under Attack: Big Dollars and Private Data Are Being Stolen Every Day: What Are You Doing About It?
D.C. Circuit grants petition for mandamus and strongly reaffirms attorney-client privilege for internal investigations
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations Newsletter

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Moves Up the Ranks in 2019 American Lawyer Pro Bono Report
Super Lawyers Recognizes 41 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes 12 Dorsey Attorneys in World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019
Minnesota State Bar Association Recognizes 99 Dorsey Lawyers for 2018 Pro Bono Service
54 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2019 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Partner RJ Zayed Recognized for Exceptional Pro Bono Service
Dorsey Partner RJ Zayed Comments on Twin Cities Chiropractor Trial
51 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Will Immigration Trump Other DOJ Initiatives?
48 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Dorsey Partner RJ Zayed Discusses Extradition in Zimbabwe Wildlife Investigation
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Peregrine Reaches $10M Deal With Ponzi Victims
Dorsey Adds Top Trial Lawyer To Minneapolis Office

Industries & Practices

Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Legal Project Management
  • Mining
  • Pro Bono
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • 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

Accolades

North Star Lawyer logo

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2013-2018
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