Jonathan Lenzner, CEO of Investigative Group International (“IGI”) and an attorney with The Lenzner Firm, is a trial lawyer who is skilled at navigating the intersection of law, media and investigations. He joined the firms in March 2013, after serving nine years as both a federal and state prosecutor.
As a prosecutor, Lenzner tried nearly 30 cases in federal and state court. Lenzner served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland, where he prosecuted public corruption, financial crimes, and labor and sex trafficking. He was the lead prosecutor on a team that investigated corruption within U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services. He also successfully tried the leaders of a complex bank fraud scheme. In his last trial, Lenzner secured the conviction of Corey Moore, known as the “Teflon Defendant” for his lengthy track record in dodging murder and drug charges. Previously, Lenzner served for six years as a prosecutor in the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney’s Office, including in the Sex Crimes Unit and in a select bureau targeting international financial crimes. Lenzner also served as the lead prosecutor into corruption at a New York university that led to the conviction of 24 defendants, including two senior administrators of the school.
Lenzner assists clients in managing crisis situations, combining his experiences as a prosecutor and private attorney with his expertise in communications strategy. He was the director of national press advance for a presidential campaign, worked as a press secretary for a member of Congress, and was an earned media specialist with a California-based political consulting firm. In the past three years, Lenzner has assisted companies and individuals under government scrutiny and in litigation with media relations and strategy.
Lenzner graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he serves as a member of the Board of Overseers. He also serves on the Advisory Board at Propeller Investments, a private equity firm focusing on aerospace and transportation.
Lenzner serves as a visiting instructor for a law school trial advocacy course and speaks on legal and investigative issues, including as a lecturer at the annual U.S. Postal Inspection Service Mail Fraud Training. With experience prosecuting violations of labor and sex trafficking statutes, Lenzner has provided pro bono services to a victim of trafficking and has authored articles on regulations targeting trafficking in corporate supply chains. Lenzner’s recent speaking engagements include at the Baltimore Bar Library and before a national political organization.
Lenzner has authored opinion editorials and articles that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, New Jersey Law Journal, and New Jersey Business Magazine. He has also been quoted professionally in Crain’s, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Law360, CBSNews.com, The Gothamist, The New York Post, and appeared on WJLA Washington Business Report and HBO’s Vice News Tonight.
He is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C. and is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland.