James T. Kitchen, JD

  • Counsel, Jones Day

Jimmy Kitchen is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who has led groundbreaking cyber investigations, including one that led to the first-ever corporate cyberespionage indictment of Chinese military hackers in the landmark case of U.S. v. Wang Dong, et al. The case set new precedent on the cyber-investigative capabilities of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a prosecutor for more than 17 years and now a litigator at the Firm, Jimmy has tried 49 first-chair jury trials, has successfully argued at the U.S. Court of Appeals, and has extensive experience on his feet in U.S. District Court and state courts.

Jimmy has led hundreds of investigations, including those involving cybercrimes, corporate trade secret theft, counterespionage, environmental crimes, terrorism, mail/wire fraud, and money laundering. He has worked and coordinated with numerous federal and state agencies, private sector cybersecurity firms, as well as large corporations who have been the victims of industrial espionage, such as Westinghouse, U. S. Steel, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Alcoa, Trimble Navigation, Moody's Analytics, Siemens, and PPG.

As a result of his extensive experience, Jimmy was designated as both a National Security Cyber Specialist and an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator by the DOJ, and he has been named as the inaugural Practice Affiliate Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. He presents nationally as an authority on cybersecurity and investigations at cybersecurity forums and before corporate boards of directors.

Jimmy assists companies with cybersecurity and breach response, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other internal investigations and compliance, as well as FBI, DOJ, SEC, and Attorney General investigations.