Jonathan Fischbach serves as the Associate General Counsel for Technology and National Security law at the U.S. Department of Defense. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor degree in 2002 magna cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he served as an editor on the Cornell Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Kermit V. Lipez on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In 2003, he entered private practice as a litigation associate at Morgan Lewis LLP. Jonathan’s litigation portfolio at Morgan Lewis included IP and patent litigation, antitrust and appellate matters, and other class action and complex litigation issues.
In 2006 Jonathan left private practice to become a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Jonathan transferred to the National Security Division at the Department of Justice in 2013, where he spent two years representing the United States in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISC-R) on a variety of FISA-related oversight, operational, and transparency-related matters. In 2016 Jonathan accepted a two-year assignment to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) at the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). As the Identities Intelligence counsel at NCTC, Jonathan’s portfolio included FISA matters, NCTC’s Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) program, and a variety of legal, policy and litigation-related matters connected to NCTC’s support of the terrorist watchlist.
FN* Jonathan Fischbach is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Defense. The positions expressed in any of his articles do not necessarily reflect the views of any federal agency or the views of the United States government.