RJ Zayed
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RJ Zayed

Partner
zayed.rj@dorsey.com

Overview

Clients turn to RJ for assistance with their significant matters involving 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 violations. RJ has handled hundreds of hearings including bench trials, preliminary injunctions, suppression and sentencing evidentiary hearings, summary judgment and other dispositive hearings and appeals. He has submitted and argued as lead counsel in over 40 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’s government enforcement and corporate investigations practice focuses on counseling, compliance, internal investigations, and defense of government enforcement actions and investigations.

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, 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, Spectralytics and OmniActive Health Technologies.

RJ has handled matters involving wireless communications and protocols, electronic consumer products, electronic control systems, digital Coriolis flowmeters, encryption devices, personal identification devices, 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 electrical, 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 used in commercial buildings and complexes. He received the 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 extensive experience includes 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 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 many multi-defendant fraud conspiracies, conspiracies to defraud the United States, national and multi-national drug trafficking and firearm conspiracies, gang-related crimes, economic espionage and misappropriation of trade secrets cases and cases involving trafficking in counterfeit goods and copyright and trademark infringement.

Since returning to private practice, RJ has helped clients in responding to government enforcement actions and conducting internal investigations involving allegations of bribery and corrupt practices (including FCPA and public corruption matters); theft of trade secrets and economic espionage; environmental violations; fraud (federal grants and funding, bank, computer, healthcare, mail, securities, tax and wire); false statements, false claims under the FCA; adulterated and misbranded drugs and medical devices; and off-label promotion.

News & Resources

Articles

Organizations Facing Criminal Fines May Be Able To Reduce Them Upon A Proper Showing Of Inability To Pay
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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