Jeanne M. GrassoPartner/ Co-Chair at Blank Rome LLP / Maritime & International Trade Practice Group
Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner at Blank Rome LLP, and Co-Chair of the Maritime & International Trade Practice Group. Jeanne focuses her practice on maritime and environmental law for domestic and international clients. She regularly counsels owners and operators of vessels, charterers, cargo owners and facilities on maritime and environmental issues, including ballast water, air emissions, port-State control, and coastwise trade. Her practice involves counseling on all aspects of maritime and environmental regulatory compliance related to U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Maritime Administration, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection matters; internal and grand jury investigations; defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions; and pollution incident response.
Jeanne is ranked by Legal 500 as a Tier 1 “Transport: Shipping” attorney, ranked by Chambers USA as a Band 1 “Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory” lawyer, and named by Lloyd's List as one of the “Top Ten” lawyers for shipping law in 2015. She is a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where she speaks on legal issues related to pollution response for the Academy’s Qualified Individual training program. Jeanne writes and lectures extensively on criminal enforcement of environmental laws and U.S. Coast Guard regulatory matters. She also conducts training sessions and assists clients with establishing compliance programs in an effort to avoid enforcement actions.
Jeanne has been extensively involved in the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (“WISTA”), having served as president of WISTA USA from 2008 through 2013, prior to being elected to WISTA’s International Board in 2013, where she served for six years. Jeanne now serves on the Board of WISTA USA. Jeanne has also served on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center since 2007. Jeanne is a member of the Maritime Law Association and was recently appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation’s Dinner Committee for the Annual Tribute Dinner in Our Nation’s Capital.