Jason P. Gonzalez

Jason Gonzalez represents entities and individuals in all types of government investigations, prosecutions and regulatory proceedings. He also represents a diverse client base in federal and state commercial litigation and counsels clients regarding data security and privacy.

What Do You Focus On?

I focus my practice on three primary areas.

Government Investigations, Prosecutions and Regulatory Matters

I leverage my nearly twelve years of experience as a federal prosecutor and deputy city attorney to represent entities and individuals under investigation by federal, state and local agencies. I’ve helped clients in matters brought by the criminal divisions of the Northern, Central, and Southern District of California U.S. Attorney’s offices, as well as from the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office’s Economic Crimes Unit, the District of Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office, the California Department of Justice, the California Department of Health Care Services and the Tax Division of the Central District U.S. Attorney’s Office.  I’ve also served clients facing matters brought by federal agencies including the SEC, FBI, FAA, Customs, DHS, HHS, TSA, the Federal Maritime Commission and the IRS. In addition, I assist clients through internal investigations and compliance with the requirements attached to conducting business on a global scale, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Commercial Litigation

I’ve personally handled over 25 jury trials and dozens of arbitrations and other contested court proceedings. I leverage this experience to help clients involved in commercial litigation regarding alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), breach of contract, alleged violations of the California wiretapping statute, commercial fraud claims and alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Data Security and Privacy

I use my training and experience as a former federal prosecutor and as a managing director of a digital risk management and computer forensics firm to help clients assess and improve their data security and compliance with data privacy laws.

What do you see on the horizon?

The government is increasingly using criminal law to address issues formerly handled through civil enforcement and is more heavily relying on (and incentivizing) private “whistleblowers.” Clients should proactively address this increasingly risky business environment through effective compliance and, if necessary, vigorous defense.


  • “Forensics and Incident Response Post GDPR and CCPA,” Daily Journal Cyber Forum 2019, A California Perspective: Ground Zero for Data Security and Privacy, February 2019 (panelist)
  • “Crazy Litigation Strategies That Just Might Work (and Tried-and-True Ones That Might Not),” Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, September 6, 2018 (moderator)
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Breaches,” Council for Affordable and Rural Housing Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., June 19, 2018 (co-presenter)
  • “Keeping Out of the Eagle’s Claws: US Government Regulation, Enforcement, Investigation, and Prosecution in 2018,” The U.S. Enforcement Environment and the Unique Exposure of Israeli Financial Companies, Tel Aviv, Israel, April 16, 2018
  • “Cannabis: A Legal High?” To Live & Law in LA Podcast, February 7, 2018
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Breaches,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2017
  • “Reducing Risk in Trade Secrets Litigation,” presentations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Beijing, November 2017
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Breaches,” Legal Issues in Museum Administration conference, Los Angeles, April 2016 (co-presenter)
  • “The FCPA and International Bribery,” Korean Chamber of Commerce Conference, New York, March 8, 2016
  • “Business, Technology and Cybercrime,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 21, 2016
  • “Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Roundtable,” Nixon Peabody Roundtable, Rochester, New York, October 21, 2015
  • “Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Roundtable,” Nixon Peabody Roundtable, Buffalo, New York, October 20, 2015
  • “Cybersecurity,” American Bar Association Fourth International White Collar Crime Institute, October 2015, London (co-presenter)
  • “Ethical Issues in Government Investigations,” Nixon Peabody Seminar, January 14, 2015
  • “What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking,” Nixon Peabody client presentation, July 24, 2014
  • “The Definitions of ‘Foreign Official’ and ‘Instrumentality’ in the Asian Landscape: What Recent Enforcement Actions in Asia Tell Us About US DOJ and SEC Priorities in the Region,” FCPA Bootcamp, American Conference Institute, October 2, 2013
  • “An Overview of HIPAA, FCC, and FTC Regulation of Mobile Health Technology in the U.S.,” Triple Ring Technologies Technology Frontiers Collaborative Symposium, May 30, 2013
  • “Shedding Light on the Sunshine Act Final Rule: Implications for Health Care Providers,” Nixon Peabody Webinar, February 13, 2013
  • “When Attorneys Are Whistleblowers: Ethical Issues,” Nixon Peabody Seminar, January 13, 2013
  • “Data Privacy and Security Issues with Mobile Technology,” Nixon Peabody Seminar, October 4, 2012
  • “ESI and the Fourth Amendment,” American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting, April 13, 2012 (panelist)
  • “Social Media in Criminal Cases,” Orange County Criminal Bar Association, January 26, 2012
  • “Mobile Devices and Attorney Ethics: What Are the Issues?”  BNA’s The United States Law Week, December 6, 2011
  • “Authenticating Electronic Evidence,” Law 360: Expert Analysis, July 5, 2011 (co-author)
  • “Criminal and Multi-Jurisdictional Issues for Trade Secret and Non-Compete Cases,” CLE Presentation, Bridgeport Continuing Education, June 24, 2011 (co-presenter)
  • “E-Discovery and Social Media: Evolving Litigation Challenges,” Webinar, Strafford Publications, April 14, 2011 (co-presenter)
  • “Mobile Phone and PDA Forensics and Evidence: An Overview for Lawyers,” Webinar, West Legal Education Center, February 24, 2011 (co-presenter)


  • “California’s Own GDPR? Big win for consumer privacy advocates could spell trouble for companies that sell personal data,” Nixon Peabody Client Alert, July 2, 2018
  • “New SEC Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures,” Nixon Peabody Client Alert, February 23, 2018
  • “Trending Cybersecurity Disclosures,” Nixon Peabody Cybersecurity Alert, January 17, 2017
  • “The Privacy Shield Comes Into Focus,” Nixon Peabody Privacy Alert, March 3, 2016
  • “Mobile Devices and Attorney Ethics: What Are the Issues?” BNA’s The United States Law Week, December 6, 2011
  • “SEC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Cybersecurity Risks,” Nixon Peabody Securities Law Alert, October 28, 2011
  • “Authenticating Electronic Evidence,” Law 360: Expert Analysis, July 5, 2011 (coauthor)
  • “Lessons from the Casey Anthony Trial,” Stroz Friedberg Advisor Industry Alert, June 2011 (co-author)
  • “Mobile Device Forensics: A Brave New World?” Bloomberg Law Reports, May 16, 2011 (coauthor)
  • “What is a DDoS Attack and How Can You Prevent One,” Corporate Compliance Insights, February 14, 2011

Representative Experience

  • Represented an educational institution in a threatened TCPA action. Negotiated a successful resolution in which the putative plaintiff simply walked away, obtaining no money, and filing no claims against the client.
  • Represented a non-profit institution in TCPA litigation, and quickly negotiated a resolution on favorable terms for the client.
  • Representation of defendant in federal investigation of alleged health care “upcoding” fraud.
  • Defense of drug treatment centers in statewide sweep brought by California Department of Health Care Services concerning alleged Medi-Cal fraud.
  • Representation of international recycling corporation in statewide District Attorney’s investigation regarding alleged reporting violations and millions of dollars of alleged civil penalties exposure.
  • Internal FCPA investigation for food products client regarding operations in South East Asia.
  • Won summary judgment in civil tax matter brought by Tax Division of Central District of California US Attorney’s Office; resulted in published decision of national significance regarding manufacturing tax deduction (26 U.S.C. § 199).
  • Representation of corporate client victimized in international fraud scheme; representation includes filing civil action, working with US government investigators and interacting with Taiwanese law enforcement.
  • Defense of international jewelry business in related criminal, administrative and civil matters originating out of District of Alaska US Attorney’s Office prosecution.
  • Representation of airline parts manager in fraud investigation brought by Central District US Attorney’s Office.
  • Representation of individual in bid-rigging investigation headed by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Representation of individual in multi-defendant bribery prosecution brought by the Southern District US Attorney’s Office.
  • Successful representation of internet company in putative civil class action matter; convinced plaintiff to dismiss case at pleadings stage.
  • Representation of religious institution in US Tax Court trial in the Southern District of New York regarding alleged failures to report income (results pending).
  • Defense of national bank in civil state court matter regarding alleged fraud in connection with loan underwriting; convinced plaintiff to dismiss case at pleadings stage.
  • Creation of FCPA compliance programs for clients, including through creation of policies, training and third-party certification protocols.
  • Representation of individual in investigation brought by Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration regarding airport passenger scanning devices.
  • Representation of municipal financial advisor in SEC audit/investigation and in advice matters regarding potential conflicts of interest (California Government Code Section 1090).
  • Representation of school district in SEC investigation regarding municipal bond issuances.
  • Defense of international shipping companies in maritime breach of contract civil litigation.
  • Representation of health care institution client in pre-litigation dispute with hospital and physicians’ group regarding joint business operations.
  • Defense of software manufacturer in criminal trade secrets and copyright infringement prosecution.
  • Analysis of over 400 computers regarding alleged use of “evidence wiping” software in a trade secrets theft matter.
  • Managed review of data security policies and procedures for large institutional client.
  • Analysis of data from personal computers, e-mail servers and file shares for evidence regarding theft of trade secrets.
  • Investigation of the alleged theft of computer source code, including through analysis of similarities of code and code architecture and review of source code logging information.
  • Managing international computer forensics team in analysis of enterprise workstation, e-mail server and file share data relating to alleged spoliation of evidence.
  • Prosecution and trial of businessman in a large international scheme to defraud the US Export-Import bank.  Convicted defendant after jury trial.
  • Prosecution and trial of former manager of the Grateful Dead for $5 million complex tax evasion scheme. Convicted defendant after jury trial.
  • Prosecution and trial of three-defendant complex credit card fraud scheme. Secured guilty pleas of two defendants and convicted the third (a lawyer) after a two-week jury trial.
  • Investigation and prosecution of multi-million dollar corporate line of credit fraud scheme involving international recycling firm.  Both defendants pleaded guilty.
  • Extradition and prosecution of defendant in a $2.3 million securities fraud matter.
  • Investigation and prosecution of a $36 million international foreign exchange Ponzi scheme. Defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Headed multi-agency (FBI, LAPD Robbery-Homicide, California Department of Insurance, and US Postal Inspection Service) investigation and prosecution that received international media attention.  Indicted defendants for mail fraud and related offenses, then developed overwhelming evidence on murders sufficient to refer case to the state.  State convicted defendants of murder based almost entirely on evidence developed in the federal case.
  • Investigation and prosecution of international scheme involving “round-tripping” and other frauds involving the falsification of revenue, including securities fraud. Case involved parallel SEC proceedings. Secured guilty plea of key defendant.
  • As a federal prosecutor, investigated and tried a plastic surgeon for $4 million insurance and health care fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.  Convicted defendant after two-week jury trial.
  • Defense of extensive litigation regarding the water and sewer rates San Francisco charged University of California and other public entities in San Francisco County. Case involved precedent-setting issues regarding interpretation of utilities statutes. Obtained summary judgment, saving the city at least $11 million.


The JustPod (ABA podcast) | January 06, 2021

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group leader and Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez is feature as a guest on this podcast episode discussing cybercrimes around the January 6th attack on the Capitol, in addition to technology investigative tools and privacy.

The Once-and-Future Privacy Shield

Rochester Business Journal | November 06, 2020

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity deputy leader and Rochester associate Jenny Holmes contributed this article analyzing the European Court of Justice’s recent invalidation of the Privacy Shield and its impact on data flows between the US and the EU. This article was co-developed with Los Angeles partner Jason P. Gonzalez and Boston associate Troy K. Lieberman, both from the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team.

Problems with the California Consumer Privacy Act

Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | January 23, 2019

Los Angeles Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez and associate Karina Puttieva co-wrote this contributed article identifying issues with the “remarkably unclear” California Consumer Privacy Act, a measure passed last year that regulates large businesses businesses who buy, sell or share consumers’ personal information.

Judge sanctions heiress' husband for bugging wife's phone during divorce

New York Law Journal | January 07, 2019

Albany Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Hurteau and Los Angeles Government Investigation & White-Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez are mentioned in this article as attorneys for the plaintiff in a contentious divorce matter that hinges on the defendant’s alleged wiretapping of his estranged wife’s phone.


Jason P. Gonzalez

Practice Group Leader, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6019

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8279

Fax: 866-233-7749

Stanford University, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A., with high honors


U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Jason was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 and 2021 in the field of Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

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