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.