Jason Klitenic

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Jason Klitenic is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. He represents clients in an array of government regulatory, enforcement and public policy matters, including corporate compliance initiatives and investigations. Mr. Klitenic is a former senior official of both the United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Department of Justice.

Mr. Klitenic regularly represents clients before the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security, as well as DHS's 22 component agencies, including TSA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FEMA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Secret Service, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Klitenic leads Holland & Knight's Homeland Security Team and has represented clients in a wide variety of homeland security enforcement, regulatory and public policy matters, including immigration enforcement proceedings, chemical security initiatives, export control investigations, government contract disputes, cybersecurity projects and DHS procurement efforts.

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Klitenic served as the deputy general counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the agency's second-ranking legal officer. In this role, he was responsible for advising the secretary of homeland security and other senior leadership on legal issues arising throughout DHS, including those relating to immigration, customs enforcement, data privacy, environmental compliance, international agreements, CFIUS reviews, complex civil litigation, the SAFETY Act, transportation and cargo security, labor and employment, public health, incident management, procurement, grants, infrastructure protection, intelligence sharing and investigations. He was also responsible for overseeing the operations of the 1,500-lawyer Office of the General Counsel. In addition, Mr. Klitenic worked closely with his counterparts at the White House, Departments of Justice, State, Treasury, Defense, Health and Human Services, as well as other agencies, to coordinate counterterrorism, emergency response and federal law enforcement initiatives. During his tenure, Mr. Klitenic was appointed DHS acting general counsel and served as the chief legal officer of the 180,000-employee agency.

In addition to serving at DHS, Mr. Klitenic is also a former deputy associate attorney general of the United States Department of Justice. There, he oversaw matters in the Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division and other DOJ components, including matters regarding Civil False Claims Act litigation, corporate fraud, bankruptcy, environmental enforcement, terrorism, healthcare fraud and immigration. While at the Justice Department, Mr. Klitenic also coordinated international trade policy, served as a member of the administration's Trade Policy Review Group and participated in the negotiations of the U.S.-Singapore, U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreements.

Aside from his public service, Mr. Klitenic has been a partner at two national law firms and served as investigation counsel to the court-appointed examiner in a major bankruptcy matter.


  • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Homeland Security Committee
  • DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired)