Jonathan S. Jeffress
email@example.com | P (202) 640-4430
Jonathan S. Jeffress defends individuals and businesses in matters involving fraud, false statements, bribery, public corruption, and other criminal and civil matters. A trial lawyer by training, Jon spent 12 years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia. He is experienced in defending clients accused of serious crimes in one of the most high-profile federal courts in the country, and in developing sophisticated legal strategies to protect the best interests of his clients.
Jon has represented clients in all phases of federal criminal cases and has won acquittals in over half a dozen jury trials in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He has also successfully argued numerous appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Jon lectures regularly on law enforcement sting operations to Federal Defender Offices across the country and to members of the Criminal Justice Act Panels. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Law Students in Court (LSIC), a nonprofit corporation that assists over 6,000 litigants in the D.C. Courts every year. Jon previously served as a Screening Committee Member on Clemency Project 2014, reviewing and making recommendations for executive clemency in the wake of significant changes in federal sentencing law.
Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender’s office, Jon was an associate at Williams & Connolly. During his time as an associate, he worked on criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts, including the defense of a high profile client in an accounting fraud prosecution and another in a grand jury investigation regarding a Presidential pardon.
Jon is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization devoted to white-collar criminal practice. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Chief Notes Editor of the University of Virginia Law Review. After graduation, Jon clerked for United States District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan. He received his B.A. from Williams College (cum laude).
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
- B.A., Williams College (cum laude)
- Clerkship, United States District Court Judge, Thomas F. Hogan
- Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of Columbia
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.September 6, 2018
Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”August 23, 2018
Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill PittardFebruary 23, 2018
Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill PittardJune 7, 2017
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault HearingsDecember 20, 2016
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.April 21, 2016
Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual MisconductApril 13, 2016
Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer DoctrineNovember 16, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual AssaultNovember 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a CrimeNovember 11, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.September 16, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’September 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It WorseAugust 6, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-ed in The Washington Post: We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they areJuly 24, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of ReformNovember 14, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on CampusSeptember 3, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness TestAugust 16, 2014
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”May 15, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual AssaultMay 5, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the AccusedApril 28, 2014