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 to focus on his practice. During the presidential transition, Mr. Jonas served on the Defense and Energy Transition Teams and was appointed to the Energy Landing Team.
His major practice areas are Department of Energy matters, government contracts, litigation, international and national security law, administrative/regulatory law, ethics, legislation, compliance, internal investigations, security clearance matters, EEO issues, whistleblower cases, military law, and digital currency law, including Bitcoin.
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 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 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 a frequent speaker and prolific author on nuclear nonproliferation matters and was a lead negotiator on the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement.
Mr. Jonas was 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 Young Marines, Naval War College Foundation, and the Marine Executive Association.