Currently on leave from Marten to help a major U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange stand up and lead its ESG, climate, and global sustainability policy efforts.

Jonathan is a seasoned public policy expert and regulatory litigator with 18 years of private sector and high-level government experience, including seven years in senior roles in the Obama White House and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. An appellate lawyer by training with broad experience in climate, sustainability, and ESG, federal rulemaking, administrative law, and congressional investigations/hearings, Jonathan is a trusted advisor to tech company GCs who offers an insider’s perspective on how to negotiate with and influence federal agencies, defend high-stakes regulatory and enforcement actions, and manage enterprise-threatening crises in the national news.

Jonathan’s diverse background spans:

  • Advising on President Obama’s climate-change regulatory agenda as a senior lawyer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • Defending EPA’s policies across 97 high-stakes congressional investigations and 62 oversight hearings as first-chair, as well as high-profile crises such as the Flint, MI drinking-water crisis
  • Overseeing legal implementation of President Obama’s domestic regulatory agenda government-wide as lead counsel to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), from the climate action plan, to financial services reform, to federal privacy policy.
  • Leading all aspects of a successful biopharma and digital health startup’s legal operations, regulatory strategy, and deal structures as General Counsel,
  • Serving twice in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health in U.S. Department of Health and Human Service; and
  • Litigating in numerous U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court, handing an array of complex issues--from securities, to energy, to intellectual property

Earlier in his career, Jonathan clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Proctor Hug Jr., as well as District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer in the Central District of California in Los Angeles. He graduated from Stanford Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on the Stanford Law Review and published multiple times on health policy and clinical research topics, including in the New England Journal of Medicine and Pediatrics. Jonathan received his B.A. from Oberlin College with honors in philosophy and biology.

    • a major Asia-based technology conglomerate regarding: its COVID-19 strategic response; antitrust litigation before U.S. courts; an array of global public policy matters; and engagement with U.S. government agencies on privacy, data security, and national security concerns
    • a major Asia-base consumer electronics manufacturer in connect with litigation challenging Presidential Executive Orders and related Treasury-OFAC sanctions
    • major U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange on a range of U.S. regulatory and government affairs matters
    • a leading micromobilty and e-scooter company in challenging the denial of municipal operating permits
    • a former Regional Administrator of EPA-Region 5 in multiple high-profile congressional investigations and oversight hearings regarding the Flint, Michigan water crisis
    • a large e-commerce company in an internal investigation of EPA allegations of Clean Air Act noncompliance
    • a multinational software and consumer-electronics manufacturer in compliance assistance regarding California’s Proposition 65
    • a food and agribusiness company in defense of long-standing minerals processing enforcement by U.S. EPA and DOJ-ENRD
    • Nearly a dozen prospective presidential appointees requiring Senate confirmation through White House ethics vetting and congressional hearings
    • an international medical device company in its appeal from an adverse verdict of patent infringement under the doctrine of equivalents
    • three national trade associations as amici curiae in support of a specialty chemicals company’s certiorari petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (environmental criminal issues)
    • a franchisee of an international hotel chain on certiorari petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (standing under Title III of the ADA)
    • a Fortune 500 manufacturer in antitrust litigation over claims that its market share-based wholesale incentive program violated the Robinson-Patman Act, where damages sought exceeded $250 million
    • a telecommunications company in its Federal Circuit appeal from an ITC determination of no Section 337 violation by competitor’s importation and sale of certain mobile telephone handsets
    • an e-waste recycler in connection with TSCA compliance assurance monitoring by U.S. EPA
    • a scrap metal company in defense of U.S. EPA stormwater enforcement
    • a Fortune 500 transportation company as appellate counsel at trial, defending claims arising from a fatal railway collision and toxic chemical release
Education & Clerkship

  • J.D., Stanford Law School – Stanford, CA (2003)
  • B.A., with honors, Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH (1997)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2006-2007)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Proctor Hug, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2005-2006)
Admissions & Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of California
Professional History

  • Tegalux Biosciences LLC, General Counsel – Washington, D.C. (2017-2018)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Immediate Office of the General Counsel, Senior Counsel – Washington, D.C. (2014-2017)
  • White House, Office of Management and Budget, Office of General Counsel, AGC & Lead Counsel, Regulatory – Washington, D.C. (2010-2014)
  • White House, Office of Management and Budget, Chief Ethics Officer (DAEO) – Washington, D.C. (2010-2014)
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Supreme Court and Appellate Associate – Washington, D.C. (2007-2010)
  • National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, Department of Bioethics, Visiting Faculty – Bethesda, MD (Fall Term 2007)
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Litigation Associate – Washington, D.C. (2003-2005)
  • National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, Department of Bioethics, Fellow – Bethesda, MD (1998-2000)
  • The Lewin Group, Medical Technology Practice, Management Consultant – Fairfax, VA (1997-1998)
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