Jonathan S. Meltzer

Jonathan S. Meltzer

Jonathan Meltzer is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, focusing on appellate and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Meltzer maintains an active appellate practice and regularly drafts briefs in the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. Mr. Meltzer was a part of the team that defended before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on behalf of the House of Representatives. He has also drafted Supreme Court and court of appeals briefs on constitutional law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, federal jurisdiction and procedure, substantive liability, damages, and criminal fraud liability. Mr. Meltzer has argued appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Second Circuit and Sixth Circuit.   

In addition, Mr. Meltzer regularly represents Fortune 500 Companies in complex civil litigation and provides strategic advice to clients before a lawsuit begins.  In areas ranging from antitrust to securities to administrative law to legal malpractice, he has briefed and argued substantive motions in state and federal court, drafted mediation and arbitration briefs, and taken and defended depositions. 

Mr. Meltzer maintains an active pro bono practice. He successfully argued an ineffective assistance of counsel case in the Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that resulted in a reduction of 20 years on his client’s 40-year sentence. He also leads a team of MTO lawyers that, along with co-counsel from the D.C. Public Defender Service and the ACLU of D.C., obtained a preliminary injunction against the D.C. Department of Corrections to protect the rights and health of inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Meltzer has also represented clients in death penalty and immigration cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Meltzer served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Meltzer also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Mr. Meltzer earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as comments editor of the Yale Law Journal and as a Coker Fellow in constitutional law. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in history.