Jonathan Guy

Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Guy has extensive experience as lead counsel in complex commercial litigation matters in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. He has represented clients in numerous industries, including finance, commodity trading, energy, real estate, telecommunications, manufacturing and health care.

Chambers USA has variously described Mr. Guy as someone who is a "zealous advocate for his clients," is "valued for his quick and practical advice," "makes fantastically impressive presentations in court," is able to "listen to a large amount of information" in court and "reduce an argument to its essence," and is an "expert in commercial and bankruptcy-related litigation."

Mr. Guy is ranked in Chambers USA as a Senior Statesperson for District of Columbia Bankruptcy/Restructuring and in the Thomson Reuters Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers category for business litigation. He is the former Chair of the Community Responsibility Committee for the Washington, D.C. office and was long active in numerous pro bono cases.

  • During law school, Mr. Guy worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Mr. Guy worked for the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Commerzbank, AG (U.K.) and Swiss Bank Corporation (U.K.). At Swiss Bank, he was in charge of the operations department of the bank's global derivatives group.

    • NAACP v. Maryland State Police and Wilkins v. Maryland State Police, a ground-breaking racial profiling case, which resulted in comprehensive reform of policies and procedures of the Maryland State Police.
    • Successful challenge of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court's practice of jailing indigent defendants for failing to pay court-imposed fines and fees.
    • Successful challenge of a proposed federal law seeking to remove patients at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, D.C., found not guilty by reason of insanity to remote federal facilities across the country.
    • Successful appeals from involuntary military discharges under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
    • Successful appeals on behalf of African-American farmers in Pigford v. Venemana, class-action case regarding race discrimination in the award of benefits and subsidies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    • Advisor to the bipartisan Presidential Commission for the National Museum for African American History.
    • Successfully representing the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland in an eminent domain/freedom of information case before the Maryland Court of Appeals.
    • Successfully representing an Ocean City boardwalk musician in a free speech case.
    • Successfully representing various applicants of disability benefits, individuals in various immigration proceedings, and victims of domestic abuse.