RJ has tried over 50 cases to jury verdict in federal court as lead trial counsel in civil and criminal cases, including patent, trade secrets, corruption, environmental, and fraud cases. RJ has handled hundreds of bench trials, evidentiary hearings, and summary judgment arguments throughout the country.
He has submitted, and argued as lead counsel, over 30 civil and criminal appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits.
RJ is Co-Chair of Dorsey's Intellectual Property practice group. He focuses on counseling and litigation concerning patents and trade secrets.
RJ is Chair of Dorsey's Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations practice group. He focuses on counseling, compliance, internal investigations, and white collar 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
- 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 Intellectual Property experience includes counseling and asserting and defending patents and trade secret claims for clients such as Canon, St. Jude Medical, AGA Medical, Tyco Healthcare, 3M, Imation, Endress & Hauser, Honeywell, ANGUS Chemical, Alcatel, U.S. Cellular, Aetna, Levapan S.A., Menard’s, Telluride Asset Management, Fiber Composites, Signal Technology, Valspar, Micron Technology, ASICS, Boston Scientific, Guidant, OmniActive Health Technologies, Veritec, and Spectralytics.
RJ has handled matters involving wireless devices, electronic 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 Government Enforcement and Corporate investigations 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, organized crime, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and extradition of fugitive offenders.
Since his return to private practice, RJ has conducted and defended many internal corporate investigations and government enforcement actions involving allegations of bribery and corrupt practices (including alleged FCPA violations and corrupt practices in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, France, Panama, and Qatar), fraud (bank, computer, healthcare, mail, securities, tax and wire), environmental offenses, false claims and statements, adulterated and misbranded drugs and medical devices, off-label promotion, and economic espionage.
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.
News & Resources
News & Press Mentions
Events & Speaking Engagements
Industries & Practices
- Anti-Corruption Group
- Antitrust & Competition Law
- Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
- Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
- Health Care
- Indian & Alaska Native
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Legal Project Management
- Mining & Natural Resources
- 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
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2015-2018
- Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
- Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell's® highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability
- MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2013-2016