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.
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.
- 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.
Legal 500, Government Contracts, 2017
Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms, 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
- Today's General Counsel, Spring 2019
- Law360, 06.29.2018
- Financial Regulation Journal, 11.23.2017
- Morning Consult, 06.12.2017
- Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Law Report, 05.29.2017
- Entrepreneur, 02.2017
- Law360, 01.31.2017
- Entrepreneur, 12.06.2016
- Law360, 11.14.2016
Global Trade Law Blog
- "Confused by the Evolving Travel Ban? Here’s a Cheat Sheet with the Latest Guidance," November 15, 2017
Latin American Blog
- "Will U.S. Customs & Border Protection Admit Your Foreign Visitor? How to Avoid that Sunday Evening Phone Call from CBP," November 6, 2018
- "Travel Ban: Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again," October 23, 2017
Government Contracts Law Blog
- "GSA Implements Restrictions on Certain Chinese-Made Telecommunications Services and Equipment," September 27, 2019
- "Effective Last Month! – DoD’s Implementation of New FAR Prohibitions on Chinese Telecommunications Equipment and Services in Government Contracts," September 5, 2019
- "Effective Immediately! – FAR Amended to Include Prohibition on Chinese Telecommunications Equipment and Services in Government Contracts," August 13, 2019
- "New Executive Order To Further Restrict Business with Huawei and Other Foreign Adversaries Engaged in Cyber Espionage," May 20, 2019
- "The List of Forbidden Products Grows: The NDAA’s Prohibitions on Use of Certain Chinese-Made Equipment," November 28, 2018
- "Don’t Be Fooled: Seven Myths About Congressional Oversight," November 15, 2018
- "In January, Will You be Able to Board Your Domestic Flight With Your Current Driver’s License?" November 10, 2017
- "The Travel Ban – A Quick Update," July 27, 2017
- "Dear Congress: Your District Needs a New E-4 Visa for Promising Entrepreneurs," June 28, 2017
- "Buy American and Hire American - New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear," April, 24 2017
FCC Law Blog Posts
- "FCC Issues New Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers: Safeguarding Consumers or Lulling Them Into A False Sense of Privacy?," November 1, 2016
Labor and Employment Law Blog Posts
- "The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road," November 15, 2017
- "Dear Congress: Your District Needs a New E-4 Visa for Promising Entrepreneurs," July 5, 2017
- "The Travel Ban – A Quick Update," July 5, 2017
- "Sheppard Mullin Travel Advisory and Immigration Update," February 2, 2017
Eye On Privacy Blog Posts
- "Talk About Ironic: Brexit Group Fined Under EU-Related Privacy Regulations," February 19, 2019
- "Cyber Concerns Lead to EU Recall of a Connected Kids Devices," February 13, 2019
- "Court Finds Cybersecurity-Related Claims Sufficient in Securities Class Action," February 6, 2019
- "Year In Review: Eye on Privacy 2018," January 28, 2019
- "Pass It On: Locks Don’t Prevent Leaks," January 9, 2019
- "When the U.S. Government Declares Companies Cyber-Insecure, We Should All Pay Attention," January 7, 2019
- "FTC Seeks Comment on Fundamental Privacy Enforcement Issues," August 10, 2018
- "DOJ Report Suggests Direction For Addressing Cyber Threats," August 8, 2018
- "FTC Pursuing, and Getting More Specific, About Privacy Post-LabMD Finding," July 18, 2018
- "FTC Signals that It Will Enforce Statements of GDPR Compliance," July 3, 2018
- "DHS Releases New Cybersecurity Strategy," May 21, 2018
- "White House Eliminates Top Cybersecurity Position," May 18, 2018
- "Dawn of the New FTC," May 9, 2018
- "Crypto-Crime: The SEC and DOJ Go After BitFunder and Its BitFounder," March 5, 2018
- "SEC Takes Baby Steps on Cyber, but Signals Greater Vigilance," February 27, 2018
- "Justice Department Creates Cyber-Digital Task Force," February 26, 2018
- "The Encryption Battle Will Continue in 2018," January 16, 2018
- "2018 Likely a Year of Rising Government Standards for Securing Information," January 10, 2018
- "2017 Saw Ransomware on the Rise – 2018 Will See Even More," January 8, 2018
- "Will 2018 Bring Developments in Government Access to Electronic Records?" January 4, 2018
- "Cybersecurity in the First Year of the Trump Administration," December 27, 2017
- "Lessons Learned from Cyber Awareness Month – Part Four," November 27, 2017
- "Lessons Learned from Cyber Awareness Month – Part Three," November 20, 2017
- "Lessons Learned from Cyber Awareness Month -Part Two," November 16, 2017
- "CFPB Provides Guidance on Consumer Data Protection," November 14, 2017
- "Lessons Learned from Cyber Awareness Month – Part One," November 13, 2017
- "Sabre Cyber Breach: New Developments," July 10, 2017
- "The Supreme Court Reenters the Fray on Privacy," June 9, 2017
- Roll Call, 02.05.2020
- Law360, 01.22.2020
- Law360, 01.13.2020
- CBS Newspath, 01.13.2020
- Politico, 10.09.2019
- Buzzfeed News, 08.29.2019
- CNBC, 06.26.2019
- NPR, 04.15.2019
- Canadian Broadcasting Company News, 04.12.2019
- The Washington Post, 03.23.2019
- The Washington Post, 03.09.2019
- Chicago Tribune, 02.23.2019
- Washington Post, 01.29.2019
- Law360, 01.10.2019
- Washington Post, 11.28.2018
- Law360, 11.07.2018
- Law360, 10.03.2018
- Law360, 06.29.2018
- Politico, 05.11.2018
- Bloomberg Law, 05.10.2018
- Bloomberg Law, 03.08.2018
- Bloomberg Law, 03.06.2018
- Wickr GC Says 'Waymo v. Uber' Had 'Very Positive Result' for Ephemeral MessagingThe Recorder, 02.15.2018
- More Companies Face Securities Fraud Suits After Data BreachesBloomberg BNA, 02.12.2018
- Bloomberg Law, 01.05.2018
- Bloomberg BNA, 12.14.2017
- With SCOTUS Cloud Overhead, Appeals Courts Take Up Travel Ban 3.0National Law Journal, 12.05.2017
- U.S. to Resume Admitting Refugees but Those From 11 Countries to See More ScrutinyThe Wall Street Journal, 10.24.2017
- 4 Things To Know About The Latest Travel Ban RulingsLaw360, 10.18.2017
- Privacy Advocates Decry DHS' New Immigrant Data RuleLaw360, 09.27.2017
- New DHS Chief Can Handle Cybersecurity Mission: Former OfficialsBloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch Bulletin, 08.01.2017
- The Washington Diplomat, 08.01.2017
- Politico, 07.27.2017
- Bloomberg Law Privacy and Security Law Report, 07.25.2017
- The Washington Post, 06.27.2017
- KCBS Radio San Francisco, 06.26.2017
- Focus Shifts To Ties With U.S. In Latest Travel Ban TwistLaw360, 06.26.2017
- New York Post, 06.08.2017
- Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch Bulletin, 05.19.2017
- Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch Bulletin, 05.10.2017
- Justices May Rein In Congress' Ability To Upend LawsuitsLaw360, 05.01.2017
- Trump Said Dangerous People Might Be Pouring In Without His Travel Ban. But He’s Not Rushing To Restore It.The Washington Post, 03.23.2017
- KCBS Radio San Francisco, 03.16.2017
- Life on the Watch ListNational Geographic Explorer, 03.13.2017
- KCBS Radio San Francisco, 03.06.2017
- The Wall Street Journal, 03.01.2017
- CBS News Radio San Francisco, 03.01.2017
- The Recorder, 03.01.2017
- Weeks Later, Still No Sign of a New Travel OrderPolitico, 02.24.2017
- Transition 2017: Trump's Immigration Order: Where Things StandPolitico, 02.14.2017
- Vanity Fair, 02.10.2017
- 3 Key Trump Mistakes that Led to the Travel Ban Court DefeatPolitico, 02.09.2017
- Another judge's order targets Trump travel banPolitico, 02.01.2017
- Senators Flirt With Nuclear Option Over High Court PickLaw360, 02.01.2017
- New Privacy Regs Face Steeper Climb With Trump OrderLaw360, 01.31.2017
- 3 Gorsuch Opinions You Need To Read Right NowLaw360, 01.31.2017
- Gorsuch Likely To Restore Scalia-Era High Court BalanceLaw360, 01.31.2017
- Gorsuch, Drawing Scalia Comparisons, Comes Under MicroscopeThe National Law Journal, 01.31.2017
- Today's General Counsel, 12.19.2016
- Former Department of Homeland Security Deputy General Counsel Jonathan Meyer Joins Sheppard Mullin Washington, D.C.09.20.2016
- "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
- Public Contracting Institute, 03.13.2019
- Public Contracting Institute, 02.19.2019
- Visas for Entrepreneurs – A Quick Lap Around the Visa Track, Via GlobalMeet, 01.17.2019
- A Data Breach Response Conference for Legal and Compliance Professionals, Washington, D.C., 04.18.2018
- Cybersecurity: It Isn’t Just for Techies Anymore!, Virtual Class, 03.20.2018
- Cybersecurity: It Isn’t Just for Techies Anymore!, Virtual Class, 02.20.2018
- Cybersecurity: It Isn’t Just for Techies Anymore!, Virtual Class, 01.30.2018
- Cybersecurity: It Isn’t Just for Techies Anymore!, Virtual Class, 12.19.2017
- Chicago, IL, 11.02.2017
- Washington, D.C., 11.01.2017
- Webinar, 10.31.2017
- Sheppard Mullin DC, 09.28.2017
- Nota Bene Episode 64: U.S. Check In: Prescription Drugs, USMCA, Privacy, Impeachment and Iran with Elizabeth Frazee and Jonathan Meyer
- Nota Bene Episode 53: Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, USMCA Deal Approval, and Congressional Budgets with Elizabeth Frazee and Jonathan Meyer
- Nota Bene Episode 44: Executive Branch Forecast Q3: Mueller’s Testimony, the Fiscal Cliff, and Gerrymandering with Jonathan Meyer
J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1992, Stone Scholar
M.P.A., Princeton University, 1992
B.A., Harvard University, 1986, cum laude
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