John H. Zacharia

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

John H. Zacharia is the Founder of Zacharia Law PLLC, a law firm dedicated to helping the victims of cybercrime and intellectual property crime protect their rights.

Previously, Mr. Zacharia was the Assistant Deputy Chief for Litigation with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. In that role, he supervised all the intellectual property (IP) and cybercrime prosecutions by the section’s attorneys. In his 12 years at CCIPS, Mr. Zacharia became one of the most experienced federal prosecutors of IP crimes in the United States, and he was CCIPS’ lead counsel in the prosecution of many significant large-scale, multi-jurisdictional cybercrime, and intellectual property crime cases. For example, he prosecuted and obtained jury verdicts in one of the largest counterfeit goods prosecutions in US history, and he successfully obtained the first-ever conviction and sentencing of a cyberlocker operator.

Mr. Zacharia successfully handled federal appeals brought by defendants convicted of trademark and copyright crimes. He is a globally recognized expert in intellectual property law and policy, having presented in over 150 speaking engagements in the United States and overseas to teach prosecutors and law enforcement officials how to investigate and to prosecute intellectual property crime cases.

Prior to founding Zacharia Law PLLC, Mr. Zacharia was an Attorney Advisor to three different heads of the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration.

Before joining CCIPS, he 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. While there, Mr. Zacharia successfully handled several significant IP cases of first impression, including cases where he successfully defended against challenges to the constitutionality of the Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, he was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Howrey & Simon.

Mr. Zacharia began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Carlton Fields. 

  • Selected Topics in Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property Criminal Law

BA, JD, University of Virginia