Jonathan Waldron

Jonathan Waldron

Partner, Blank Rome

Jonathan Waldron concentrates his practice in maritime, international, and environmental law, including maritime security. Jon counsels clients, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as:

  • environmental maritime compliance and pollution response
  • vessel/facility operations and legislative and regulatory affairs
  • Jones Act
  • coastwise trade
  • maritime security compliance
  • citizenship and crewing issues, including outer continental shelf exemptions
  • criminal defense
  • permitting and wind farms
  • LNG licensing

Jon served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, attaining the rank of commander, and was senior counsel to the Marine Spill Response Corporation, where he provided on-scene legal advice at major spill events.

He is ranked by Chambers USA as a leading attorney for shipping regulatory matters, with Chambers sources stating that he has a “deep knowledge of maritime and environmental laws” and is “iconic when it comes to D.C. regulatory matters.” Chambers has also noted that Jon is “knowledgeable but practical” and is “known for his prominence in matters relating to the Coast Guard.” Sources say that he is “the ultimate professional,” “knowledgeable, wise, well known in the industry and a pleasure to work with,” and particularly appreciate that he is “very well connected within the Coast Guard.”


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