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Boyd M. Johnson III

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Boyd M. Johnson III has 20 years of experience as a skilled litigator and trial attorney. He joined the firm in 2011, following a 13-year career with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as the Deputy US Attorney and supervised more than 150 Assistant US Attorneys. He represents corporations and their executives in criminal and civil investigations.

Mr. Johnson has conducted 15 federal jury trials and briefed and argued 15 federal appeals. He represents clients in criminal and civil matters conducted by a variety of government regulators, including the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Attorney General’s Office and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. He conducts internal investigations for companies, and advises business organizations on crisis response and media relations. His experience includes insider trading and financial fraud investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and public corruption probes, antitrust inquiries, anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act issues, False Claims Act and FIRREA actions, and cyber security matters. In 2013, Chambers USA recognized him as a leading attorney in New York in White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations.

As Deputy US Attorney for the SDNY, Mr. Johnson managed the largest crackdown on Wall Street insider trading in history, including the prosecution of Raj Rajaratnam of the Galleon Group; the criminal prosecutions and civil forfeiture proceedings related to the Bernard Madoff fraud; the investigation and prosecution of individuals and entities responsible for structuring and promoting international tax shelters; and numerous FCPA, money laundering and cyber security matters. Mr. Johnson also participated in the creation of the SDNY’s Civil Frauds Unit in March 2010, and oversaw that Unit’s civil fraud actions in the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Mr. Johnson previously served as Chief of the SDNY’s Public Corruption Unit. In that capacity, he supervised bribery and embezzlement prosecutions of New York State legislators and New York City council members, as well as corruption investigations at the United Nations.

While at the SDNY, Mr. Johnson also served as the Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit, focusing on the extradition of drug kingpins and the identification of global money laundering networks. In that role, he worked with the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to build prosecutions against the Cali Cartel and the Taliban based in part on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. He participated in the first coordinated organized crime enforcement effort between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, dismantling an international heroin-trafficking syndicate stretching from Fujian Province to the Chinatown section of Manhattan. Mr. Johnson won the Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Award for an investigation of a Colombian money laundering organization that led to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars in drug proceeds from bank accounts in the United States, the Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Mr. Johnson is frequently invited to speak on issues related to corporate criminal liability, financial fraud and insider trading, the FCPA, money laundering and cyber security.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as a leading attorney in New York in the White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations category in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recommended in the white-collar criminal defense litigation category in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500
  • Recipient of US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Administrator’s Award, the DEA's highest honor
  • Recipient of Attorney General’s Award, the US Department of Justice’s highest honor
  • Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from Federal Drug Agents Foundation for his dedication to supporting federal, state and local law enforcement  

Publications & News

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July 31, 2014

FinCEN Releases Long-Awaited Proposal on Customer Due Diligence (CCD) and Beneficial Ownership

On July 30, the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued proposed regulations that would formalize certain financial institutions’ Customer Due Diligence (CDD) requirements and expand the degree to which those institutions must look beyond the nominal account holder to identify the natural persons who own or control certain legal entity customers.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

February 7, 2014

Boyd Johnson Talks Insider Trading Trials in Law360 Article

Partner Boyd Johnson discusses insider trading trials in Law360 article, “Martoma Case Shows Insider Trading Defense Far From Easy,” published February 7, 2014. Read the article here.

January 8, 2014

2014 Winter Olympics: Anti-Bribery Considerations

The February 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia will serve as an opportunity for many companies to market their products and develop customer relationships in an informal setting. While the business value of these opportunities is evident, companies must be mindful that the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, Russian anti-corruption laws, and anti-corruption laws in other countries may impose restrictions on hospitality and other Olympics-related activities.

January 7, 2014

False Claims Act: 2013 Year-in-Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) saw another year of increased activity in 2013, with new qui tam suits hitting an all-time high of 753, a rise of more than 100 over 2012. In fiscal year 2013, the federal government brought in $3.8 billion—the fourth year in a row of more than $3 billion in recoveries. As in the past, the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector accounted for the biggest share, with $2.6 billion recovered. Procurement saw a jump, more than doubling to $890 million. Financial institutions remained a substantial target, and both the government and private plaintiffs were increasingly bringing claims against recipients of grant and loan funds as well as contractors. Activity at the state level increased as well, with many states expanding the reach of their own false claims statutes, and both state attorneys general and private plaintiffs making aggressive use of new theories of liability.

December 12, 2013

WilmerHale Partner Boyd Johnson Analyzes Ponzi Schemes in Special Report

WilmerHale Partner Boyd M. Johnson III, a member of the firm’s Investigations and Criminal Litigation practice, contributed to a CNBC special investigative report on December 11, 2013, which provided an updated analysis on Ponzi schemes.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

April 16, 2013

Former Deputy U.S. Attorney and WilmerHale Partner Boyd Johnson Addresses Risk Management Imperatives for Hedge Fund Managers

An article featuring commentary from Partner Boyd Johnson, published in the April 4, 2013 edition of The Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 6, No. 14.

March 8, 2013

Attorneys Author Chapter in Defending Corporations & Individuals In Government Investigations

January 2, 2013

The False Claims Act: 2012 Year-In-Review

The upward trends in False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement that we described in our 2011 Year-In-Review continued in 2012. In the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) secured $4.9 billion in FCA settlements and civil judgments, beating the previous record by more than $1.7 billion. Federal FCA recoveries since January 2009 add up to $13.3 billion, which is the largest four-year total in DOJ history. Our full review is available in PDF format.

Speaking Engagements

Recent Highlights

Financial Fraud and Insider Trading

  • Represented US financial services firm in parallel investigations by the DOJ and the SEC regarding derivatives trading activity
  • Represented Audit and Risk Committee of securities broker dealer in DOJ and SEC investigations concerning offshore trading operations
  • Represented US financial services company in DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged insider trading by wealth management clients based in China
  • Represented international construction management firm in DOJ investigation of historical union billing practices
  • Represented US financial services company in False Claims Act litigation concerning mortgage backed securities
  • Represented head of global money markets for financial services firm in LIBOR-related investigations by the DOJ, the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority

FCPA Matters

  • Represented General Manager of Ukrainian pharmaceutical company in DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations
  • Represented Chief Financial Officer of Argentinian pharmaceutical company in DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations
  • Represented General Manager of Brazilian aeronautical services company in DOJ and SEC FCPA investigations
  • Advised global financial services firm regarding FCPA issues relating to multi-billion dollar loan syndicate restructuring

Money Laundering Matters

  • Advised US financial services company in DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged money laundering by wealth management clients based in Mexico

Other Matters

  • Represented US oil and gas company in state and federal antitrust inquiries
  • Advised US financial services firm in connection with cyber security events
  • Represented collector of player samples for Major League Baseball's drug testing program in connection with Ryan Braun media coverage
  • Provided pro bono representation to indigent criminal defendants in US Courts of Appeal

Professional Activities

Mr. Johnson is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council. He currently serves on the New York City Bar’s White Collar Crime Committee.
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Education

JD, cum laude, Cornell University Law School, 1992, Editor, Cornell International Law Journal

BA, English and Government, magna cum laude, Hamilton College, 1989

Bar Admissions

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