Jonathan Kravis

Jonathan Kravis

Jonathan Kravis is an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

With a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor and as a senior government official, Mr. Kravis concentrates his practice on trials, complex litigation and high-stakes white-collar matters. Mr. Kravis has handled approximately 25 jury trials and led or supervised over 100 federal criminal investigations. His experience spans corruption schemes, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, RICO, constitutional issues and civil and criminal litigation matters.

Mr. Kravis joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in 2020 after spending over 10 years as a federal prosecutor. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. In this role, Mr. Kravis was the lead prosecutor on United States v. Roger Stone in which the defendant was convicted for obstructing a congressional investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Kravis also served as the Electronic Discovery Coordinator for the Office’s Criminal Division, working closely with Information Technology specialists in the Office and around the country to develop best practices for the Office in processing, organizing and producing electronic documents in criminal litigation.

In a recent assignment, Mr. Kravis also served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia for public corruption matters, advising the D.C. Attorney General on the formation of a Public Corruption Section within the Office.

Prior to joining the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, Mr. Kravis served as a Trial Attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted public corruption offenses around the country. In 2016, Mr. Kravis received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Performance for serving on a trial team that obtained convictions against a sitting United States congressman and four other defendants for racketeering conspiracy and related charges.

Reflective of his diverse federal career, Mr. Kravis also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Superior Court Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Kravis began in the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Section and worked his way to the Homicide Section, trying over 20 jury trials to verdict in D.C. Superior Court, including four homicide trials and three attempted homicide trials.

From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Kravis served as Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama. In this capacity, he advised the President and White House senior staff on a variety of legal and constitutional issues. Mr. Kravis handled matters related to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Freedom of Information Act, liaised closely with Justice Department lawyers on litigation implicating White House interests and assisted with judicial nominations.

Before Mr. Kravis began working for the federal government, he worked as a civil and criminal litigation associate for a prominent Washington D.C. law firm. He clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Kravis earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 2004, where he served as Articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1999. Mr. Kravis also is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court. Mr. Kravis is an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Law School, where he teaches a seminar on public corruption.



 Mr. Kravis’ experience includes:*

  • Representing McDonald’s Corporation in a high-profile suit regarding the company’s attempt to recover more than $32 million in severance pay and equity granted to the former CEO.
  • Facebook in a matter brought by Maffick seeking to hold Facebook liable for applying a state controlled media entity label to Maffick’s Facebook pages.
  • United States v. Roger Stone (D.D.C.)—prosecution of a political operative charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, making false statements and witness tampering. The defendant was convicted at trial and sentenced to 40 months imprisonment.
  • United States v. Chaka Fattah Sr. et al. (E.D. Pa. and 3d Cir.)—conviction of a sitting United States congressman and four other defendants of racketeering conspiracy and related offenses for their participation in several public corruption schemes.  The lead defendant was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, Mr. Kravis served on the trial team and successfully handled the case on appeal in the Third Circuit.
  • United States v. Joseph Boeckmann (E.D. Ark.)—prosecution of a state court judge who dismissed misdemeanor offenses and traffic violations in exchange for the opportunity to photograph defendants who appeared before him in compromising positions. The defendant was charged by indictment with honest services and pecuniary wire fraud and related offenses. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment.
  • United States v. Artemis Papadakis (S.D. Cal.)—prosecution of a Drug Enforcement Agent who embezzled money that she was charged with recovering from a bank account in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in connection with a federal fraud investigation. Papadakis pled guilty to one count of theft of federal government property and was sentenced to probation.

*Includes representations prior to Mr. Kravis’ affiliation with Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Award and Accolades

  • Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Performance for his work on United States v. Chaka Fattah, Sr., et al., in which a sitting United States Congressman and four other defendants were charged with racketeering conspiracy and related offenses for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. The award is the Criminal Division’s highest award for line prosecutors.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Panelist, Politics at the Department of Justice, University of North Carolina Law School, October 29, 2020
  • Panelist, Trends on Domestic Corruption Enforcement, American Bar Association, October 30, 2020
  •  Panelist, The Future of the Justice Department and the Rule of Law: The Challenges Ahead, Federal Bar Association (Los Angeles Chapter), January 26, 2021
  • “Honest Services Goes Abroad:  Implications of the Recent FIFA Decision,” Corporate Compliance Insights, Aug. 13, 2020
  • “The DOJ Just Made a Disastrous Mistake,” Washington Post, May 12, 2020