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Jonathan E. Meyer

Partner
Washington, DC
T: 202.747.1920
F: 202.747.3833

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1992, Stone Scholar
  • M.P.A., Princeton University, 1992
  • B.A., Harvard University, 1986, cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Overview
Honors
Thought Leadership

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

Areas of Practice

Mr. Meyer was most recently Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he 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 cyber security, airline security, high technology, drones, immigration reform, encryption, and intelligence law.  In this capacity, he supervised attorneys at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard, among others. He also oversaw all litigation at DHS, including high-profile issues such as executive action and no-fly rules, and managed the most important cases on a day-to-day basis, at levels from discovery disputes to Supreme Court briefs. Additionally, he led the Department’s responses to Congressional oversight from over 90 committees and caucuses of jurisdiction, including testifying before Congress and preparing high profile witnesses for their testimony.  Mr. Meyer was a point person for coordination with the White House, and the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and many others.

Mr. Meyer 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.

Mr. Meyer’s previous positions include serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy and Special Deputy General Counsel for Amtrak. He also previously served as Counsel and Acting Chief Counsel to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., advising Senator Biden on all Judiciary committee issues including technology, bankruptcy, identity theft, intellectual property, antitrust, homeland security, civil justice reform, nominations (including three Supreme Court nominations), and DNA testing, among other issues.

Mr. Meyer was also Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice, Office of Policy Development where he developed Department policies regarding tort reform and post-conviction reviews, technology issues and critical infrastructure protection. His law firm experience includes practicing at Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering, where he litigated antitrust, securities, intellectual property, insurance, international, and criminal cases, and at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Honors

  • Legal 500, Government Contracts, 2017
  • Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms, 2017

Articles

Latin American Blog

Government Contracts Law Blog

FCC Law Blog Posts

Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts

Eye On Privacy Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • “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