David S. Jonas, Esq.


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David S. Jonas brings to FH+H his extensive experience in national security issues and is recognized as one of a handful of experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law. He is an accomplished senior executive with diverse legal, business, government relations, strategic planning, and leadership/management experience. Mr. Jonas 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.  He concluded his military service as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Jonas is a frequent speaker and prolific author on nuclear nonproliferation matters and was a lead negotiator on the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement. His major practice areas are international and national security law, government contracts, administrative/regulatory law, ethics, legislation, litigation, compliance, investigations, security clearance matters, EEO issues, whistleblower cases and military law.

Mr. Jonas is currently 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 recently 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 Naval War College Foundation, the Marine Executive Association and the American Bar Association Committee on Law and National Security.

He resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, the Honorable Tina W. Jonas, and their two schnauzers, Trooper and Tribble. 

  • Served as General Counsel of two federal agencies.
  • Experience in source selections for multi-billion-dollar government contracts including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Nevada National Security Site.
  • Briefed and argued the landmark case of Davis v. United States, 512 U.S. 452 (1994) at the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Internationally recognized expert in the national security area of nuclear nonproliferation law and policy. Frequent speaker and widely published in this area.
  • Key negotiator of the U.S. - India Civil Nuclear Agreement.
  • Conducted strategic planning for the Secretary of Energy and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Extensive experience dealing with the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • Advised senior officials such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Energy, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Commanding General, 3d Marine Division, and others.
  • Represented clients in over a dozen contested jury trials and over 150 trials before a judge.
  • Participated in representation of hundreds of clients in appellate defense litigation.
  • Represented clients in over 200 administrative proceedings.
  • Drafted legislation at the request of clients or Congressional staff.
  • Extensive litigation and litigation management experience.
  • Vice President, PenFed Credit Union
  • General Counsel, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • Director, Legal Strategy and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel
  • General Counsel, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • M.A., Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies, Highest Distinction 
  • LL.M., Georgetown Law Center, International and Comparative Law, With Distinction
  • LL.M., Military Law, The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law 
  • B.A., Denison University, Political Science
  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar