Overview

Jonathan Meyer is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations and International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Jonathan counsels clients on their interactions with federal and state government, as well as cybersecurity, homeland security, congressional oversight and immigration, among other challenges.

Jon helps clients respond to data breaches, new regulatory requirements, border security issues and government investigations, including special counsel and congressional oversight investigations. He has represented clients before the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), among many other agencies, as well as in court.

Jon served for 17 years in government, including as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Counselor in the Department of Homeland Security, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice (twice), and Counsel to Senator Joe Biden on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At Homeland Security, Jon advised the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, General Counsel, Chief of Staff and other senior leaders of the 240,000-employee agency on law and policy issues, including cybersecurity, airline security, high technology, immigration reform, encryption and intelligence law. In this capacity, he supervised attorneys at CBP, FEMA, TSA, ICE, the Secret Service and the Coast Guard, among others. He also oversaw all litigation at DHS, at levels from discovery disputes to U.S. Supreme Court briefs. In addition, he led the department’s responses to congressional oversight from over 90 committees and caucuses of jurisdiction. More recently, he was a named amicus on the winning side of the Supreme Court’s decision permitting the DACA program to continue.

Jon is regularly sought out by the media – including CBS News, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico – on issues including cybersecurity, homeland security, immigration and Congress.

Jon is a recipient of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Service Medal, DHS’s highest civilian honor, along with the U.S. Secret Service Director’s Honor Award and numerous other awards and honors.

Experience

Experience

Select Representations: 

  • Advised internet service provider on response to one of the largest data breaches in history.
  • Counseled major government contractors on multiple data breaches.
  • Advise major foreign bank on U.S. data security laws.
  • Assisted major restaurant chain in avoiding congressional oversight testimony.
  • Advise government contractors on new data security requirements.
  • Advised major media company on border search authorities overseas.
  • Advise companies and high-net worth individuals on immigration issues.
  • Represented witness before the Office of Special Counsel.
  • Advised two ephemeral messaging companies regarding novel legal issues.
  • Advised information technology provider on cybersecurity insurance.
  • Advise data analytics firm regarding congressional scrutiny and government contracts.
  • Led U.S. Department of Homeland Security legal response to multiple hacks of DHS data.
  • Oversaw DHS legal team on cybersecurity issues.
  • Assisted OPM in its response to breach of government employee data.
  • Led DHS and Secret Service internal investigation regarding White House fence jumper.
  • Led DHS response to Operation Fast and Furious and many other oversight investigations.

Honors

Honors

Recognized for Privacy and Data Security, Best Lawyers, 2021

Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms, 2017, 2020

Legal 500, Government Contracts, 2017

Recipient, Secretary of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Service Medal, DHS’s highest civilian honor

Recipient, U.S. Secret Service Director’s Honor Award

Recipient, Department of Justice Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service

Insights

Articles

Corporate & Securities Law Blog 

Global Trade Law Blog

Latin American Blog

Government Contracts Law Blog

FCC Law Blog Posts

French Desk Blog Posts

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Eye On Privacy Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "Legislative and Regulatory Outlook for Homeland Security," Panel Moderator, Homeland Security Law Institute, American Bar Association, May 31, 2019
  • Vice Chair and speaker, Homeland Security Law Institute, American Bar Association, May 31, 2019
  • "National Security and Cyber-Attacks," Panel at Incident Response Forum 2018, April 18, 2018
  • "Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: U.S.-Israel Perspectives," Panel at American University, March 21, 2017
  • "Fighting Terrorism," Public Affairs Week 2017 address, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, March 20, 2017
  • "Cybersecurity in 2017: What In-House Counsel Need to Know," Panel Moderator, Association of Corporate Counsel of Southern California, January 26, 2017
  • “[Un]Building Walls: Finding Our Place in Today’s Global Community,” Panel at Harvard University, October 15, 2016
  • “Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities: What Are the Rules of the Road for Finding Them, Sharing Them, and Fixing Them?” Panel for Federal Communications Bar Association, September 22, 2016
  • "General Counsel’s Panel," Homeland Security Law Institute, American Bar Association, August 28, 2015
  • “Remarks on the Importance of Government Intellectual Property,” DHS Patent Award Ceremony, June 16, 2015
  • “The Challenges of Homeland Security: A National Perspective,” Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, Rider University, April 13, 2015
  • “Legal Basis for Public Administration,” Master’s program in Public Policy, American University, November 4, 2014
  • "The Fundamentals of Congressional Oversight," multiple dates and locales
  • "The Work of the DHS Office of General Counsel," University of California, Berkeley, Semester in Washington program, Fall 2011
  • "The Work of Personal and Committee Staff," multiple dates and locales
  • Panel on "Judicial Nominations," National Jewish Democratic Council, 2008

Events

Digital Media

Education

J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1992, Stone Scholar

M.P.A., Princeton University, 1992

B.A., Harvard University, 1986, cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Languages

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