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The founder of Dallas’ Yarbrough Law Group PC, Mr. Yarbrough is a highly successful trial attorney that represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property disputes and white-collar criminal cases. He also is among the nation’s leading experts in cybercrime issues and digital discovery. He has 20 years legal and investigative experience working both as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and in private legal practice. He has focused on intellectual property, cybercrimes, corporate espionage, governance and compliance issues, internal investigations and financial fraud, and has led various investigations in these areas. Mr. Yarbrough served as head of the Cybercrimes and Criminal Intellectual Property Task Force for the Department of Justice and was tapped by former Texas Attorney General John Cornyn to be Special Counsel to assist in the creation of the Texas Internet Bureau—a precedent-setting mission in fighting child predators, child pornography, identity theft, fraud, breach of computer security, telecommunications fraud and property crimes.
Sought after by the media as a digital expert, Mr. Yarbrough has appeared on such programs as ABC’s Nightline and 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, Fox National News and A&E’s Investigative Reports with Bill Curtis. He often speaks to clients on behalf of corporations such as IBM, Cisco and Sprint concerning corporate compliance and litigation and its impact on Fortune 500 companies. Referred to by The Texas Lawyer as an attorney that “companies turn to,” Mr. Yarbrough’s expertise and professionalism have made him a trusted advisor to U.S. businesses.
Yarbrough led the prosecution of the globalHell organization, a band of computer hackers whose activities included hacking into a company’s Web site, then extorting protection money from the victims. The group also committed numerous acts of teleconferencing fraud against victims including AT&T, MCI, and Latitude Communications and gained access to and damaged protected computers belonging to the U.S. Army, the White House, U.S. Cellular, Ameritech and others. As a result of the investigation, GlobalHell member Patrick Gregory, also known as “MostHateD,” pled guilty to conspiracy to commit telecommunications fraud and computer hacking.
Prominent clients have included Kinko’s, for whom he helped in the prosecution of a cyber thief who used keylogging software to steal personal information from computers; MGM; 2M; Dave & Buster’s; and 7-Eleven, where he prosecuted cyber hackers who had gained access to 7-Eleven’s bank-machine network.
Prior to founding Yarbrough Strategic Advisors, Mr. Yarbrough served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and was the lead prosecutor in “Operation Seek and Keep,” a year-long investigation by the INS that succeeded in discovering and breaking up what then United States Attorney General Janet Reno described as the “largest alien smuggling organization to ever be completely dismantled.”
Mr. Yarbrough has been named one of the top business trial lawyers in the country by the National Law Journal, and after appearing on every Texas Super Lawyers list published in Texas Monthly magazine since 2003, he has once again has earned a spot on the annual Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys, marking his 10th consecutive year. He has also been profiled as one of the top lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, and on two separate occasions, the Dallas Business Journal named him as one of the top businesses defense lawyers in North Texas. Texas Lawyer newspaper highlighted him among the “Go-To Lawyers for High Tech Texas Companies.” He has been the recipient of the Department of Justice Outstanding Prosecutor Award, the FBI’s Outstanding Prosecutor Award, and of the ICE Award for Outstanding Prosecution in the Operation Seek & Keep Case. Mr. Yarbrough was also a recipient of the North Texas Computer Forensics Laboratory Award for Outstanding Efforts in the creation of the forensics lab, and of the Dallas Bar Association’s Award for Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 1994. A graduate of SMU Law School and a former editor of the SMU Law Review, he has also served as an SMU Adjunct Law Professor in Trial Advocacy and Computer Crimes and Technology Litigation.