Elected Member

Jonathan G. Cedarbaum

Washington, DC
WilmerHale (Retired)
Harvard College
Yale University, MPhil
Yale Law School

Jonathan G. Cedarbaum is a partner at WilmerHale’s Washington, DC office. He rejoined the firm in 2011 after spending two years in the leadership of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. There, he ultimately served as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office, which provides authoritative legal advice to the White House, the Attorney General, and all executive branch departments and agencies.

Mr. Cedarbaum co-chairs the firm’s False Claims Act Group and is one of the leaders of its Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Group. He also litigates Administrative Procedure Act, constitutional and international cases, and he counsels clients on regulatory matters and represents them before administrative agencies and congressional committees—not only in the area of data security and privacy, but also on matters concerning healthcare and financial services.

During his time at OLC, Mr. Cedarbaum was deeply involved in the development and early implementation of the Dodd-Frank and Affordable Care Acts. As a member of the Justice Department’s senior leadership and as a legal counselor to senior officials across the government, he was also involved in numerous other statutory and regulatory initiatives, including in the areas of cybersecurity and data privacy, economic sanctions, procurement reform, and energy development.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cedarbaum did two additional stints at the Justice Department: two-and-a-half years as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel (1999-2002), and one year as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General (1997-1998). Mr. Cedarbaum has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (2002-2003) and as a legislative assistant for a Member of Congress (1985-1986).

Areas of Expertise
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Administrative Law
Foreign Affairs (International Law)