Jonathan S. Jeffress

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Jonathan Jeffress’ “ability to place a client at ease makes him an exceptional attorney”; “his confidence both in and out of the courtroom is outstanding.” – Chambers USA
Jonathan Jeffress is a “name to note with regular success in criminal trials.” – The Legal 500

Jonathan S. Jeffress has represented clients in all phases of federal criminal cases and has won acquittals in over half a dozen federal criminal trials. He has led the representation of clients in multiple high-profile matters, including numerous clients involved in the Mueller investigation, a former high-ranking federal official facing charges of sexual harassment, and a high-profile political figure formerly under investigation – but ultimately cleared – in connection with the investigation into Maria Butina’s alleged espionage. Jon recently secured a mistrial in a high-profile federal trial based on a Brady violation for William Wilson, a former government contractor charged with fraud, bribery and false statements. Jon is co-counsel on the 2020 Legal 500 submission of a matter related to a former general counsel of a financial services company who was the subject of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation.

Jon has successfully argued numerous appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He lectures regularly on law enforcement sting operations to Federal Defender Offices across the country and members of the Criminal Justice Act Panels. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Rising for Justice (formerly Law Students in Court (LSIC), a non-profit corporation that assists over 6,000 litigants in the D.C. Courts every year. He also serves on the Judge Thomas Flannery Lecture Committee. 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. Jon is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization devoted to white-collar criminal practice.

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., Williams College (cum laude)
Government Service
  • Clerkship, United States District Court Judge, Thomas F. Hogan
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of Columbia

Jonathan S. Jeffress

[email protected] | P (202) 640-4430

Scott Bernstein featured in Sports Business Daily. “Limitations on boosters could make NIL rules unfair” – By Scott Bernstein

Blog post by Jennifer Short: After the Money’s Gone, CARES Act Oversight Will Be There

Scott Bernstein featured in the Chicago Tribune. “Commentary: The NCAA’s expansion of sexual violence policy is unfair to athletes” – By Scott Bernstein

KaiserDillon Blog Post: “NCAA Finally Moves on Compensation- But Pitfalls for Student-Athletes Abound” – By Scott Bernstein

KaiserDillon Blog Post: “The Standard for Gagging Roger Stone (Or Any Other Criminal Defendant)” – By Scott Bernstein

Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Tracking the Top 5 False Claims Acts Issues in 2019

Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Top 5 False Claims Act Trends to Watch In 2019

KaiserDillon Blog Post: “Trump’s Lawsuit Against Cummings May Not Be Successful- Byt That might Not Be The Point” – By Scott Bernstein

Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill Pittard

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.

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.”

Scott Bernstein Featured in The Washington Post. “The Common App Will no Longer Require Disclosure of Criminal History But What It Still Asks Is More Troubling” – By Scott Bernstein

Scott Bernstin gives expert anaylysis in Law360. “Coach Contract Clauses Are Concerning” – By Scott Bernstein

Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill Pittard

Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill Pittard

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a Crime

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

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 are

Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of Reform

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness Test

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused

Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.

Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.

In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.

Jonathan S. Jeffress

[email protected] | P (202) 640-4430

Federal agents have come to my door – what should I do? – Jonathan Jeffress


Tell me about pre-trial diversion of criminal charges. – Jonathan Jeffress


Federal agents have executed a search warrant for my home or business. What should I do next? – Jonathan Jeffress


A loved one has been arrested on federal charges. What will happen next? – Jonathan Jeffress


I received a letter from a US Attorney’s office saying I am a target of a criminal investigation. What should I do? – Jonathan Jeffress


Jonathan S. Jeffress

[email protected] | P (202) 640-4430

Jonathan S. Jeffress

[email protected] | P (202) 640-4430