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Constitutional and Administrative Law Attorney

Jonathan W. Emord

Attorney who defends clients in commercial civil litigation and against agencies of the federal government for the past 25+ years

Has defeated the FDA more times in court than any other attorney in American history.

Served as an attorney in the Federal Communications Commission during the Reagan administration.

Served as a Vice President of the Cato Institute.


Jonathan W. Emord was born on January 16, 1961 in Brockton, Massachusetts. He has been practicing constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies since 1985. Having begun his career as an attorney in the Federal Communications Commission during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Emord has maintained an abiding conviction to achieve full First Amendment protection for the freedoms of speech and press. In 1991, he authored the critically acclaimed Freedom, Technology, and the First Amendment in which he chronicled the intellectual foundations of the First Amendment and advocated replacing government control over the airwaves with a title registry, private property rights approach. Emord has practiced law for a number of well-respected firms, including Wiley, Rein & Fielding, and served as a Cato Institute Vice-President.

He practices food and drug law, deceptive advertising law, and libel law, and he served as lead counsel in the Pearson v. Shalala (D.C. Cir. 1999); Pearson v. Shalala (D.D.C. 2001); Pearson v. Thompson (D.D.C. 2001); Whitaker v. Thompson (D.D.C. 2002); and Alliance for Natural Health v. Sebelius (D.D.C. 2010) cases, holding FDA censorship of nutrient-disease relationship claims unconstitutional. He also served as lead counsel in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Crawford (D.Ut. 2005). Emord is admitted to practice in the states of Illinois, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeal for the D.C., Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits; the United States Court of International Trade; the United States Court of Federal Claims; and the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern District of Illinois, and Western District of Wisconsin.  He is the only non-scientist member of the Board of Directors of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists.  In 2010, he became the first person awarded the title “Honorary Nutrition Specialist” by the CBNS.  He is a 1982 graduate (B.A., Political Science and History) of the University of Illinois where he was an Edmund J. James Scholar and a 1985 graduate (J.D.) of DePaul University.  He is routinely consulted by industry, Congress, and the media on regulatory issues that affect health freedom.  He has been a Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University, Department of Biochemistry, Course in Nutrition.  Mr. Emord is the American Justice columnist for USA Today Magazine.  He is on the Review Board of The Journal of Food Product Marketing and International Journal of Food & Agribusiness Marketing.

Professional Publications:

Lay Publications:

Numerous newspaper and magazine articles. In addition, the following monographs:

Guest Lecturer, Georgetown University, Department of Biochemistry, Course in Nutrition (Dr. Harry G. Preuss), Lecture on Federal Regulation of Foods, Dietary Supplements, and Drugs (2012)

Authored five books, Freedom, Technology, and the First Amendment (1991); The Ultimate Price (2007); The Rise of Tyranny (2008); Global Censorship of Health Information (2010); and Restore the Republic (2012)

Jonathan W. Emord

Humanitarian of the Year, 2007, Cancer Control Society

President, Emord & Associates, P.C., a constitutional and administrative law firm (

 A hero of the health freedom revolution” and “all freedom-loving Americans are in [his] debt.  

- Ron Paul

 I have found Jonathan Emord to be a Knight in Shining Armor.  We can thank our lucky stars that we have people like him to fight for our rights.  

- George Noory, Host, Coast to Coast AM

 Jonathan is a student of free speech and censorship, a litigator involved in the actual pursuit of the right to free speech, and a dedicated defender of freedom.  

- Paul H. Rubin, Ph.D., Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics, Emory University

 Jonathan Emord is a brilliant constitutional attorney.  

- Erskine, Erskine Overnight