Jonathan Cedarbaum is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, where he is a member of the Government and Regulatory, Appellate and Supreme Court, and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Groups. He is also a member of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group, the Strategic Response and Counseling Group, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Working Group. He rejoined the firm in 2011 after two years in the leadership of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, where 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.
During his time at the 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, patent reform, procurement reform and energy development.
Mr. Cedarbaum has a diverse litigation practice, focusing especially on False Claims Act, Administrative Procedure Act, IP/antitrust and international cases. He also counsels clients on regulatory matters and represents them before administrative agencies and congressional committees—particularly in the areas of data security and privacy, health care and financial services.
Before re-joining WilmerHale in 2009, Mr. Cedarbaum had done two additional stints at the Justice Department: two-and-a-half years as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel and a year as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General. Mr. Cedarbaum has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Earlier in his career, he worked as a legislative assistant for a Member of Congress.