David S. Jonas (JD ‘81) expected to be named U.S. Department of Energy general counsel

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David S. Jonas (JD ‘81) wears many hats. From being a partner at Fluet, Herbert & Hoang to serving on a variety of nonprofit boards, Jonas is expected to become the next general counsel for the Department of Energy. On May 23, 2017, the Office of the Press Secretary reported President Donald  J. Trump announced his intent to nominate some key positions in his Administration, Jonas being among the nominees.

“Dave not only brings tremendous legal expertise but also experience serving on nonprofit boards,” said William Smith, chairman of the board of directors of the Young Marines where Jonas serves.

Prior to joining Fluet, Huber & Hoang, Jonas was General Counsel of both the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

His extensive knowledge and experience in national security issues has made him one of the few experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law. He served over 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was appointed to the board of directors of the Young Marines in June 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Naval War College Foundation and the Marine Executive Association.

Jonas is an adjunct professor at Georgetown and George Washington University Law Schools. He is also on the American Bar Association Advisory Committee on Law and National Security and the Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

After earning his B.A. at Denison University, Jonas pursued his J.D. from Wake Forest University, LL.M. from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, an LL.M. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College.