David S. Jonas most recently served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, after Mr. Jonas' nomination by the President to be the General Counsel of the Department of Energy. He withdrew his nomination, after being favorably voted out of committee, to focus on his practice due to the lengthy wait for a full Senate vote. During the presidential transition, Mr. Jonas served on the Defense and Energy Transition Teams and was also appointed to the Energy Landing Team.
His major practice areas are Department of Energy matters (government contracts, laboratory issues, regulatory matters, fines, and export control issues under 10 CFR 810), other government contracts, appellate practice, litigation, employment law (including proposed terminations, administrative leave, whistleblower, EEO issues, and security clearance matters), international and national security law, administrative/regulatory law, ethics, legislation, compliance, internal investigations, military law, and Presidential Pardon petitions.
Mr. Jonas has extensive experience in national security issues and is recognized as one of a handful of experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law (he has been published regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, served as a negotiator for the India Civil Nuclear Agreement, and is an expert on sanctions. He teaches a course in Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy and frequently speaks and writes on this topic.).
Mr. Jonas is an accomplished senior executive with diverse legal, business, government relations, strategic planning, and leadership experience. He served as General Counsel of two federal agencies following his distinguished Marine Corps service that included arguing the case of Davis v. United States, 512 U.S. 452 (1994) at the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first judge advocate in the history of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to do so. He received the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and was selected as the Outstanding Career Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps.
Mr. Jonas is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School and taught at the U.S. Naval War College. He has spoken at Penn and Baltimore Law Schools, the ABA National Security Law Conference, Daemen College, and ESPN radio. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, Naval War College Foundation, and the Marine Executive Association. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School.