Jason Klitenic

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Jason Klitenic is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office, where he leads the firm’s Homeland Security Team and represents clients in an array of national security, law enforcement and crisis management matters. Mr. Klitenic is a former senior official of both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Much of his practice centers on working in the U.S. and overseas with government agencies, such as the FBI, DHS and U.S. Department of State, to address security concerns arising in the course of global trade and travel activities, including those relating to customs inspections, visa denials and maintenance of government watch lists.   

In the course of his representations, Mr. Klitenic regularly appears before DHS component agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Coast Guard. He has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including aviation security incidents, chemical security initiatives, export control investigations, government contract disputes and data security breaches. 

Before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Klitenic served as the deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the agency's second-ranking legal officer. In this role, he was responsible for advising the Homeland Security secretary and other senior leadership on legal issues arising throughout DHS, including those relating to immigration, customs enforcement, data privacy, environmental compliance, international agreements, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (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. Additionally, Mr. Klitenic worked closely with his counterparts at the White House, Departments of Justice, State, Treasury, Defense, and 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 a former deputy associate attorney general at the 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 negotiations of the U.S.-Singapore, U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreements.

Aside from his public service, Mr. Klitenic was previously 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)