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 licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Criminal Law
- Appeals & Appellate
- White Collar Crime
- District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Bar
- D.C. Circuit
- KaiserDillon PLLC
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- Public Defender
- Federal Public Defender Assistant Federal, District of Columbia
- Williams And Connolly LLP
- University of Virginia School of Law
- Williams College
- DC Bar
- Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court
- Jonathan S. Jeffress' Website Profile
- KaiserDillon Website
- The Federal Criminal Appeals Blog
- Finally, the Government is held to the same standard(s) as criminal defendants on appeal…
4 February 2019
- After Sentencing, Defense Counsel Learns a Juror Failed to Disclose Material Information During Pretrial Voir Dire. Now what?
8 October 2018
- A Generic Appeal Waiver Doesn’t Preclude Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel at Sentencing—In re Sealed Case, _ F.3d _ (D.C. Circuit, No. 16-3005 (Aug. 17, 2018).
25 August 2018
- Safety Valve: Statutory Construction Saves the Day in International Interdiction Appeal; Inter-Circuit Split Noted—United States v. Alfredo Mosquera-Murillo, et al, _ F.3d _ (D.C. Circuit, No. 16-309 (Aug. 24, 2018).
25 August 2018
- A money-laundering conviction reversed for insufficient evidence plus the D.C. Circuit agrees that individualized jury determinations of drug quantity in conspiracy prosecutions are necessary to trigger mandatory minimum sentences – United States v. Calvin Stoddard, et al, __ F.3d _ (D.C. Circuit, No. 15-3060 (June 15, 2018).
17 June 2018
- A deficient Rule 11 plea colloquy, plain error imposition of a consecutive sentence and an upwards departure that lacked a reasoned explanation: United States v. Dawayne Brown, et al, _ F.3d _ (D.C. Circuit, No. 15-3056 (June 15, 2018).
16 June 2018
- A masterclass on the doctrines of Law of the Case, Waiver, Forfeiture, Remand and on Firearm and Role-in-the-Offense enhancements–plain error results in a remand: United States v. Miller, _ F.3d _ (D.C. Circuit, No. 17-3001 (May 18, 2018).
28 May 2018
- Ineffective Assistance of Counsel–When the Sentencing Guidelines’ Language Controls the Commentary: United States v. Winstead, _ F.3d _ (D.C. Circuit, No. 12-3036 (May 25, 2018)
27 May 2018
- So you want to serve your sentence at home?
17 May 2018