Professional Biography

Jean-Jacques (J) Cabou Partner

  • Phoenix

    D +1.602.351.8003

    F +1.602.648.7003


    2901 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2000

    Phoenix, AZ 85012-2788




J Cabou is a litigator and a partner in the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice. Across the country, at both the trial and appellate level, J’s principal focus is on defending individuals and corporate entities against criminal and other government investigations, including civil enforcement proceedings. J has particular experience in white collar matters and is a recognized authority on state and federal civil forfeiture, seizure and racketeering laws. J’s practice also includes the defense of matters involving classified information, the state secrets privilege and national security.

An experienced commercial litigator, J continues to represent clients in high stakes and complex civil litigation matters, especially where parallel criminal or regulatory enforcement action is present or threatened.

J has served as lead counsel for clients in matters before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, and United States District Court, as well as Arizona’s trial, appellate and Supreme Courts.

J represents entities across industry sectors, including resource extraction, petroleum storage, energy, virtual currency, money transfer, gaming, wholesale pharmaceuticals, legal services, securities and music and entertainment promotion. J’s individual clients include executives in these and other industries, as well as public officials and other prominent individuals.

One of the leaders of Perkins Coie’s nationwide, multidisciplinary Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency industry group, J has been recognized by clients, industry and media outlets as among the foremost lawyers in the country with experience in digital currency. J defends individuals and businesses in this industry from investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies. He also advises numerous digital currency clients on compliance and regulatory risk mitigation strategies.

J is also a member of the firm's Arts, Entertainment and Sports industry group and is among a small group of lawyers nationwide who have advised athletes and team staff in matters involving eligibility for collegiate or Olympic teams. He has also represented athletes in investigations and arbitrations involving the NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

In addition to his practice, J sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Chicago Law School and the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching a seminar entitled, “The Law and Policy of Policing.”

J remains a regular lecturer on criminal law issues, especially issues affecting white collar defendants. He also has served on the Boards of the Arizona State Bar Criminal Justice Section and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. J is recognized by numerous client and peer review organizations including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.

Professional Recognition

  • Named a "Southwest Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2017
  • Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2011 – Present
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2011 – Present: Criminal Defense: White-Collar 
  • Chicago Police Department Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Safety, 2005 – 2006

Professional Leadership

  • American Law Institute (ALI), Member, 2016
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2012 – Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Board of Governors, 2009 – 2011
  • Arizona State Bar, Criminal Justice Section Executive Council, 2009 – 2011
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Governor's Citizen's Traffic Stop Advisory Board

Community Involvement

  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2007– 2011
  • The University of Chicago Law School, Lecturer in Law, 2005 – 2006

Related Employment

  • Osborn Maledon, P.A., Phoenix, AZ, Partner, 2010 – 2012; Associate, 2004 – 2010
  • City of Chicago, IL, Office of the Mayor, Assistant to the Mayor for Public Safety, 2005 – 2006


  • Hon. Mary Schroeder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003 - 2004





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2003
  • University of Virginia, B.A., Government and Foreign Affairs, with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999


  • Spanish
  • French