Emily Huggins Jones uses her significant environmental litigation and trial experience, combined with her background in environmental compliance, to advise clients in the chemical, steel, oil and gas and maritime industries as well as to counsel ship-owners’ trade associations.

    Her environmental litigation experience includes toxic tort, product liability and maritime litigation matters. She also counsels clients on a full range of environmental compliance matters involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, TSCA, EPCRA and Department of Transportation regulations and state environmental laws.

    She is the President and Immediate Past Secretary for DANCECleveland and a member of the board of The Centers for Families and Children. Emily is the current Cleveland office chair for the firm’s Women’s Enterprise. She has also held a number of positions in the DRI Women in the Law Committee, including Expert Witness Subcommittee vice chair and Corporate Counsel Coordination vice chair, and has served as a state marketing representative for the DRI Sharing Success Seminar. She is the former chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Her professional memberships include the American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Maritime Association of the United States and the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.

    She was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star for Environmental Litigation from 2012-16 and is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award. While in law school she served as executive editor of the Journal of Legislation.

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    • Representing a midstream pipeline company through the trial of a breach of contract claim.
    • Representing an international manufacturing company against cost recovery claims for alleged historical disposal of hazardous wastes.
    • Representing chemical manufacturers in complex groundwater contamination litigation in several jurisdictions.
    • Representing a chemical manufacturer against breach of contract and indemnity claims arising out of a purchase agreement dispute.
    • Representing an international manufacturing company in CERCLA and state-equivalent litigation.
    • Representing a Fortune 100 ship-owner in an asbestos jury trial.
    • Representing multiple ship-owners at trial in defense against Jones Act and general maritime law claims.
    • Representing ship-owners in negotiations with state agencies related to environmental enforcement claims.
    • Representing ship-owners’ trade associations in state court proceedings related to Clean Water Act litigation and regulatory proceedings.
    • Counseling ship-owners trade association members regarding compliance with NPDES general permit requirements.
    • Representing a waste industry client in odor exposure mass tort litigation.
    • Representing manufacturing and distribution clients in California Proposition 65 litigation.
    • Representing a regional airport authority in regulatory negotiations with the FAA and various environmental agencies.
    • Representing an employee of a major financial institution in an investigation led by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.
    • Counseling regarding wetlands regulatory requirements in connection with infrastructure enhancement and real estate development projects.
    • Counseling real estate development companies regarding underground storage tank liability in connection with real estate acquisitions and divestitures.

    Education

    • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
    • University of Virginia, B.A., in French with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

    Admissions

    • Ohio
    • Virginia

    Courts

    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • American Wind Energy Association

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, an honor based on an exhaustive peer-review process
    • Recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a listing of the top up-and-coming lawyers in Ohio

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    • “Biodiversity and Beyond: A New Era for the International Law of the Sea?,” Ecology & Environment Latin America Executive Seminar, Resiliency Planning for Industry and Government, Eagles Nest Resort, New York, November 2, 2017 (with research and drafting assistance from Alice Leonard de Juvigny).
    • “Headwinds or Following Seas?: Jones Act Implications for Vessels Integral to the US Offshore Wind Power Industry,” Poster Presentation, American Wind Energy Association, Offshore Wind Power Conference, New York, New York, October 24, 2017.
    • “Cleveland At The Forefront of An Emerging Renewable Energy Effort: LEEDCo. And Offshore Wind Power in Northeast Ohio,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Environment & Energy Section, October 19, 2017.
    • “Navigating the Effects of the Jones Act on Transmission Cable Installation for the Offshore Wind Power Industry,” International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum, Business Network for Offshore Wind, Annapolis, Maryland, April 19, 2017.

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