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Jason N. Smolanoff is a Vice President in Stroz Friedberg’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Smolanoff is responsible for managing numerous digital forensic, Internet investigate & electric discovery assignments for Fortune 500 companies, major law firms, cleared defense contractors, government agencies, corporate management & information systems departments in criminal, civil, regulatory & internal corporate matters, including matters involving data breach, leaks of confidential information, theft of trade secrets, & copyright & trademark infringement. Mr. Smolanoff has extensive experience in responding & supervising sophisticated data breach investigators involving state-sponsored & organized crime actors.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Smolanoff served as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Los Angeles Field Office where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of a Cyber National Security squad comprised of special agents and intelligence analysts. Mr. Smolanoff managed and responded to all aspects of complex cyber national security investigations with a nexus to counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Previously, Mr. Smolanoff was the supervisor of an embedded FBI criminal cyber squad at the Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles.
Mr. Smolanoff investigated and supported the prosecution of the two largest phishing and intellectual property right investigations in history, Operation Phish Phry and Operation Summer Solstice, respectively. For these notable accomplishments, he was awarded the 58th Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the 56th Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement by the Department of Justice. Additionally in 2011, Mr. Smolanoff was recognized for his contributions to a significant cyber counterintelligence investigation for which he received the National Counterintelligence Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
In 2011, Mr. Smolanoff completed a long-term assignment with the FBI in Afghanistan as the lead mentor for twenty-five Afghan Investigators assigned to two Organized Crime Units at the Major Crimes Task Force. His dedication and extensive accomplishments during this assignment earned him the United States Intelligence Community’s Joint Duty Certification.
Before entering the FBI, Mr. Smolanoff was a physical chemist employed by a major semi-conductor equipment manufacturer. In this role, he was responsible for managing client engagements pertaining to the wiring fabrication of semi-conductor chips. His innovative leadership earned him two United States Patents.
Mr. Smolanoff is a frequent thought leadership speaker and an accomplished author with several articles published in scientific journals. Mr. Smolanoff received his M.S. in Chemical Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.S. in Chemistry from State University of New York at New Paltz.[H5]Jason Smolanoff