Georgetown University Law Center,
American University School of International Service,
District of Columbia
US Supreme Ct
US Ct Appeals, DC Circuit
US Ct Appeals, 1st Circuit (Covers ME, MA, NH, RI, Puerto Rico)
US Ct Appeals, 4th Circuit (Covers MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
US Ct Appeals, 9th Circuit (AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, Guam, M. Isles)
District of Columbia USDC
Ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers USA: Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory, 2005-Present
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty and Maritime, 2006-Present
Listed in Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2012-Present
Transportation Lawyer of the Year, Federal Bar Association, 2009
Listed in Who's Who Legal for Shipping, 2020
Jonathan's practice is focused on regulatory and litigation issues that affect domestic and international maritime and shipping matters, as well as international trade regulation issues that are incidental to the global movement of goods and commodities.
His practice has included high-profile environmental litigation centered on the operation of vessels, particularly tank vessels, and port air quality and infrastructure construction issues. These cases include constitutional challenges in various federal courts to state and local regulation of maritime activity. One of these cases, Intertanko v. Locke (consolidated for argument with United States v. Locke), 529 U.S. 89 (2000), has become a lead case in maritime constitutional preemption issues. Jonathan successfully argued this case for international shipping interests before the Supreme Court of the United States. He also recently prevailed in constitutional litigation challenging the validity of certain types of local port charges levied against cruise vessels.
Jonathan represents liner and bulk vessel operators, maritime trade associations, international marine insurers, port authorities, terminal operators, cruise operators and investment entities. His practice includes representation of major U.S. ports in addressing legal and regulatory issues concerning environmental controversies and improvements to port infrastructure. The practice is nationally recognized for its work before the federal courts, the Federal Maritime Commission and the United States Coast Guard. In 2009, the Federal Bar Association awarded him its "Transportation Lawyer of the Year" award for "superb leadership and immeasurable contributions" in his field.
Chambers Global has described Jonathan in its national and global rankings of shipping lawyers as "a premier practitioner [who] has earned credibility and respect within the industry sector... 'he combines excellent strategic sense and top-notch negotiation skills with a strong presence in court'."
Prior to entering private practice, Jonathan served as a trial attorney, appellate attorney and as General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission.
"Shippers, are you ready for SOLAS' verified container weight mandate?"
April 4, 2016
Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you (an ‘engagement letter’).
By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and, further, even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you. Please click the ‘ACCEPT’ button if you understand and accept the foregoing statement and wish to proceed.