John H. Zacharia is the former Assistant Deputy Chief for Litigation with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he supervised all the intellectual property (IP) and cybercrime prosecutions by the section’s attorneys. In his 12 years at CCIPS, John became one of the most experienced federal prosecutors of IP crimes in the United States. John prosecuted and obtained jury verdicts in one of the largest counterfeit goods prosecutions in U.S. history, and he successfully obtained the first-ever conviction and sentencing of a cyberlocker operator. John has prosecuted organized copyright piracy groups in which defendants have received the maximum sentence for committing criminal copyright infringement. John successfully handled federal appeals brought by defendants convicted of trademark and copyright crimes. John has also participated extensively in domestic and international IP enforcement training and outreach and developed and drafted legislative and policy initiatives addressing all facets of IP crime.
Currently, John is an Attorney Advisor to the head of the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration. Before joining CCIPS, John was a Trial Attorney with the Federal Programs Branch of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, where he specialized in IP enforcement issues as well as constitutional and administrative law litigation on behalf of the United States. Prior to joining the Justice Department, John was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Howrey & Simon. John began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Carlton Fields.