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Jason D. Wright, Esq. - Wright Law Firm

Jason Wright is a trial lawyer, law professor, and decorated combat veteran.

Contact

40 Fulton Street
23rd Floor
New York, NY 10038

212-693-4892
917-677-8577

jwright@jasonwrightesq.com

@jasonwrightesq
wrightjd

Areas of Practice
White Collar Defense
Government Investigations
Homeland & National Security Law
Sanctions and Export Controls
EB-5 Investor Litigation
Civil & Appellate Litigation
Public International Law
International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
International Humanitarian Law
The Laws of War
Military Law
Consumer Protection (SCRA)

Education
University of Oxford, M.St.,
dist. International Criminal Law, 2010
George Mason Univ. Law School,
J.D., cum laude, 2004
James Madison Univ., B.S., 1998

Federal Clerkship
Eastern District of Va., (Alex. Div.),
Hon. Barry. R. Poretz, 2004-2005

Security Clearance
Top Secret, SCI (active)

Admissions
New York
Virginia
District of Columbia
U.S. District Courts:
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Eastern District of Virginia
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
U.S. Article I Courts:
Military Commissions, Guantánamo
Army Courts-Martial

Military Service
U.S. Army Reserves, Judge Advocate
Major, 2014 - present
U.S. Army, Judge Advocate
Guantánamo Bay, 2011-2014
Europe, 2009-2011
Iraq, 2007-2008
Europe, 2005-2007

Awards
Bronze Star Medal
Calvary Order of the Combat Spur
National Security Law Award
NYC Bar Trial Advocacy Award
Def. Meritorious Service Medal
Army Meritorious Service Medal
Airborne Parachutist Badge

Teaching
Georgetown Law
Adjunct Professor, International
Criminal Procedure, 2018
American Red Cross
CLE Instructor, International
Humanitarian Law (7 credits), 2018
Washington & Lee Univ. Law Sch.
Professor of Practice, Transnational
Tribunals Clinic, 2014 - 2016

Affiliations
New York City Bar Association
Mem., Task Force on National Security
Mem., Mil. Affairs & Justice
United Nations,
Designated Rep., Washington & Lee Law School
James Madison Project,
Board Member
Am. Immigration Lawyers Assoc.

Jason WrightSince entering private practice in 2015, Jason Wright has handled high-profile matters across several practice areas and industries from defending the Chief Financial Officer of Dewey & LeBoeuf in a four-month white collar trial, to handling government investigations, homeland and national security law, civil and appellate litigation, and public international law matters for multi-national corporations, defense and intelligence contractors, foreign officials, high net-worth clients, and a foreign government.

Prior to entering private practice, Wright served the federal government for ten years.  From 2005 to 2014, Wright was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).  As a JAG, Wright achieved success in national security law, international law, and criminal defense with tours in Europe, Iraq, and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 

From 2011 to 2014, under Congressional authorization, the U.S. Department of Defense detailed Wright to represent Guantánamo Bay detainees as a JAG public defender.  In the largest criminal investigation in the history of the FBI (the 9/11 conspiracy), Wright managed a fifteen-member defense trial team and prevailed in numerous motions arguments and evidentiary hearings before the Court.  During this period, Wright also pursued global investigations in Europe and the Middle East and conducted high-level engagements with foreign ministers, diplomats, and senior U.N. representatives.  U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel awarded Wright the Joint Meritorious Service Medal for his service as a JAG public defender in Guantánamo Bay. 

From 2009 to 2010, Wright served as a JAG public defender in Germany, and each year, was selected as the top Army JAG criminal defense attorney in Europe.  Competing against military trial lawyers from around the U.S. in a trial advocacy competition in 2009, the New York City Bar Association awarded Wright the “Top Litigator” award.  During this period, Wright became the first U.S. Army officer to matriculate and earn an advanced international law degree from the University of Oxford.

In 2008, while serving as an international law advisor in Iraq during a fifteen-month deployment at the height of the insurgency and fight against al-Qaeda, Wright became the first Army JAG in U.S. history to serve as an aide-de-camp to a Commanding General in combat.  Wright was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.

In addition to his legal practice, Jason Wright is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law and a professor of practice at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Federal Government Service

Deputy Regional Defense Counsel, U.S. Army Reserves, 16th Legal Operations Detachment, (Major, JAG), 2014 –  Present

Managing Trial Attorney, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Military Commissions, (Major, JAG), 2011 – 2014 

Defense Counsel, U.S. Army Europe, (Captain, JAG), 2009 – 2011

Aide-de-Camp to LTG Mark P. Hertling, Commanding, Multi-National Division-North (Tikrit, Iraq) and the 1st Armored Division (Germany), (Captain, JAG), 2008 – 2009

International Law Attorney, Multi-National Division-North (Tikrit, Iraq) and the 1st Armored Division (Germany), (Captain, JAG), 2006 – 2008

Administrative Law and Legal Assistance Attorney, 1st Armored Division (Germany), (Captain, JAG), 2005 – 2006

Federal Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, 2004 – 2005

Law Clerk, U.S. Army’s Office of the General Counsel, International and Operational Law Division, Summer 2003

Publications

Obama’s Guantanamo: Stories from an Enduring Prison
NYU Press  |  2016 (Contributing Author)

The Sin of Torture
Amnesty International LiveWire  |  January 8, 2015

America Tortured and We Need to Shed Some Light on It
Politico  |  November 23, 2014

Excessive Ambiguity: Refining the Proportionality Standard
ICRC International Review, Vol. 94, No. 886 | 2012

Selected CLEs and Expert Presentations

Expert Panelist, Judicial and Extrajudicial Killings
U.N. Political Forum | New York, July 2018

CLE Instructor, International Humanitarian Law (CLE 7 hrs)
American Red Cross  |  New York, May 2018

Expert Panelists, Habeas and Military Commissions
American Red Cross | New York, October 2017

Moderator, Guantanamo, Views from the Legal Front
New York City Bar | New York, June 2017

CLE Instructor, Due Process in Administrative Hearings (CLE 1 hr)
Department of Defense  |  New Jersey, August 2015

Expert Panelist, Global Streaming Event – Int’l Human Rights Day
Amnesty Int’l France  |  Paris, December 2014

Expert Panelist, Giddeon’s Army
Center for National Security  |  New York, October 2014

Keynote Speaker, Right to a Fair Trial
Yale Law School  |  Connecticut, September 2014

Expert Panelist, Expert Hearing on Military Commissions
Inter-Am. Comm’n  |  Washington, D.C. October 2013

Keynote Speaker, Legal Conundrums with the War on Terror
Occidental College  |  California, October 2013

Expert Panelist, Use Your Power
Amnesty Int’l USA |  Washington, D.C., March 2013

Keynote Speaker, What is Justice Post 9-11?
Amnesty Int’l USA |  Washington, D.C., March 2012

Keynote Speaker, Guantanamo
Reprieve |  London, September 2012

Keynote Speak, The Response
Amnesty Int’l USA |  Washington, D.C., March 2012

Expert Panelist, Proportionality in Armed Conflicts
Int’l Law Conference  |  Israel, November 2010


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