• District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • United States Court of International Trade


  • Maritime Law Association of the United States


  • University of Miami School of Law, JD, cum laude
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, BS
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Jonathan K. Waldron


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Jonathan Waldron is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).

Jonathan Waldron concentrates his practice in maritime, international, and environmental law, including maritime security. Mr. Waldron 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 and other matters
  • coastwise trade
  • maritime security compliance
  • citizenship and crewing issues, including outer continental shelf exemptions
  • criminal defense
  • permitting and wind farms
  • LNG licensing

   He is a prominent expert in the Coast Guard area; extremely knowledgeable and one of the top attorneys around. 
—Chambers USA

Mr. Waldron 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.

Mr. Waldron 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 he 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.


  • Coastwise trade related advice including U.S. build/rebuild standards and exemptions/waivers.
  • Applicants to obtain deepwater port and shoreside LNG facility licenses.
  • Marine contractors and general regulatory and legislative representation to facilitate cargo transportation and U.S. outer continental shelf oil and gas related operations, including crewing issues and general regulatory and environmental advice to facilitate compliance with U.S. laws.
  • Chemical company in general maritime/environmental regulatory and citizenship advice.
  • General vessel and operational compliance advice.
  • Fisheries industry compliance issues.


Mr. Waldron is a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he teaches on legal issues related to pollution response and spill management teams. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association and frequently speaks and writes on maritime issues, including liability analyses to operate ships in U.S. waters.


  • 2017, Transportation MVP, listed by Law360
  • 2009–2018, Admiralty and Maritime Law in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers of America©
  • 2016–2017, listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • 2007–2017, Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2016, “Lawyer of the Year” in Admiralty and Maritime Law, listed in Best Lawyers of America©
  • Shipping and Maritime Law, listed in Who’s Who Legal

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.