Jason Klitenic, who served as the No. 2 attorney at the Homeland Security Department under President George W. Bush, has joined Holland & Knight’s Washington office as a partner. He works in the government contracts and enforcement defense practice.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Klitenic was a name partner at Klitenic Robertson, which focused on advising clients on cases that involved homeland security issues. Klitenic advises clients on homeland security enforcement, regulatory and public policy matters, including immigration enforcement proceedings, export control investigations, government contract disputes,cyber security projects, infrastructure protection programs and DHS procurement efforts.
From 2003 through 2005, Klitenic (Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore School of Law) served as the first deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, a role which required him to oversee the 1,500-lawyer DHS Office of the General Counsel. In 2005, he was named acting general counsel of DHS and was the chief legal officer of the agency. He has also served as a deputy associate attorney general at the Justice Department.
After leaving the government, Klitenic joined McKenna Long & Aldridge as a partner in the firm's homeland security group.
Klintenic was not immediately available for comment.