Faculty: Jonathan E. Meyer

Meyer 150Jonathan E. Meyer is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in SheppardMullin’s Washington, D.C. office.

Jon 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, 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. In addition, 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. Jon was a point person for coordination with the White House, and the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and many others.

Jon is regularly sought out by the media on issues such as cybersecurity, homeland security, immigration and Congress. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Politico, Vanity Fair, and National Law Journal, among many others.

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.

Jon’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 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.

Prior to entering government service, Jon practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering and at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

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