Jeanne M. Grasso: Lawyer with Blank Rome LLP

Jeanne M. Grasso

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations
  • International Trade
  • Chemical
  • Asia Practice
  • Asia Practice - Maritime
  • Maritime
University University of Notre Dame, B.S.; University of Southern California, M.M.A., with honors
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D. Order of the Coif
Admitted1994, Maryland; 1995, District of Columbia; U.S. District Court - Maryland; United States Court of Appeals - Maryland; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; United States Court of International Trade
BornCamden, New Jersey, January 18, 1961

Jeanne Grasso is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (MERT).

Jeanne Grasso focuses her practice on maritime, international, and environmental law for clients worldwide. Ms. Grasso counsels owners and operators of vessels, charterers, cargo owners, and facilities, including manufacturing facilities, both marine-side and inland. Her practice involves:

· regulatory compliance counseling related to the U.S. Coast Guard; Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Maritime Administration, among other federal and state agencies

· internal and grand jury investigations

· defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions

· counseling on risk mitigation strategies related to pollution incidents around the world

· maritime environmental compliance and training in connection with federal and state requirements

· pollution incident response

· coastwise trade matters

· identifying administrative and legislative solutions in connection with maritime and environmental compliance challenges

Ms. Grasso writes and lectures extensively on criminal enforcement of environmental laws and Coast Guard regulatory matters. She also conducts training sessions and assists clients with establishing compliance programs in an effort to avoid enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, Ms. Grasso worked in the Office of Congressional Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) handling fisheries and oceans matters. She also served as staff to the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

Ms. Grasso is recognized as a leader in shipping and maritime law by Who's Who Legal. She is also recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in maritime regulatory matters. Chambers notes "she doesn't just provide legal review - rather, she works with [clients] to identify the operational options that either meet or exceed regulatory requirements."

Representative Matters

· Defended vessel owners/operators (cruise ships, cargo vessels, fishing vessels, tug/barges) with respect to allegations of environmental violations in criminal and administrative cases.

· Served as on-site company counsel during pollution incidents and response drills.

· Counseled vessel owners/operators regarding compliance with U.S. Coast Guard and international environmental, safety, security requirements, and coastwise trade.

· Advised cargo owners and charterers on risk mitigation strategies in connection with potential pollution incidents worldwide.

· Conducted internal investigations for vessel owners/operators, terminals, refineries, chemical manufacturing facilities, and pipeline operators related to allegations of non-compliance.

· Sought administrative rulings and handled voluntary disclosures for vessel and facility owners/operators in connection with Coast Guard and Customs coastwise trade matters.

Community Service & Affiliations

Ms. Grasso is a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where she speaks on legal issues related to pollution incidents for the Academy's OPA 90 Qualified Individual training program. She was recently appointed to the Marine Board of the National Research Council and is a Board Member of and Secretary of the World Ocean Council. Ms. Grasso is president of the U.S. Chapter of the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) and was recently elected to WISTA's International Board. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. She is a member of the Maritime Law Association and served on the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of Washington, DC from 2005 to 2011.


Maritime Law Association of the United States

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Women's International Shipping & Trading Association


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Exports of Condensate Reflect Evolution, Not Revolution, In Crude Export Regulation
Jeanne M. Grasso,Margaret Anne Hill,Michael L. Krancer,Matthew J. Thomas,Jonathan K. Waldron, July 9, 2014
On June 24, 2014, various news sources reported that the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) had allowed two companies to export processed condensate, suggesting a breakthrough in the 40-year ban on crude oil exports. The reality might not match the dramatic headlines, however. It appears...

BOEM Proposes to Increase the OPA 90 Liability Cap by Nearly 80% for Offshore Facilities
Michael K. Clare,Jeanne M. Grasso,Patricia M. O'Neill,Jonathan K. Waldron, April 25, 2014
On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to increase the limit of liability for damages applicable to offshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA 90”). 79 Fed. Reg. 10056...

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting Guidance and Proposed Reporting Enhancements Offshore
Michael K. Clare,Jeanne M. Grasso,Patricia M. O'Neill,Jonathan K. Waldron, February 28, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice of Availability and Request for Comments (“Notice”) on January 14, 2014 for a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (“NVIC”) that is intended to provide guidance for the identification and reporting of marine casualties and...

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Jeanne M. Grasso

600 New Hampshire Avenue N.W.
WashingtonDC 20037


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