Emily Huggins Jones uses her significant litigation and trial experience, combined with her background in compliance, to advise clients in the maritime, renewable energy, chemical, manufacturing, electronics, and oil and gas industries.

    Her litigation experience includes maritime litigation, as well as toxic tort and product liability cases. She serves as outside general counsel to several maritime companies, advising on the full spectrum of marine legal issues. She also provides counseling in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as financing transactions, and counsels clients on a full range of maritime and environmental compliance matters involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, RCRA, TSCA, EPCRA, Departments of Transportation, Energy and Interior regulations, as well as state and local regulatory requirements.

    She serves on the Board of The Centers for Families and Children and the Board of DANCECleveland. Emily is the current Cleveland office chair for the firm’s Women’s Enterprise. 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 Law Association of the United States, the American Wind Energy Association and the Business Network for Offshore Wind.

    She was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star for Environmental Litigation from 2012 to 2018, and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. She is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award.

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    • Representing an offshore wind servicing company in the design, construction, certification and contracting of offshore wind vessels, including regulatory and corporate counsel.
    • Representing maritime industry clients across the full spectrum of corporate legal needs, including government contracting compliance, Jones Act compliance, project documentation, commercial shipping disputes and environmental compliance.
    • Defending a maritime servicing company in a maritime arbitration and parallel litigation.
    • Representing a large insurance company in a transportation and shipping-related lawsuit under the Carmack Amendment.
    • Counseling maritime clients in the subsea cable market with respect to Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, US EPA and state equivalent environmental agencies with respect to US market entry, risk mitigation and ongoing operational compliance.
    • Negotiating port acquisition transactions, including the provision of counsel regarding environmental risk, state law redevelopment incentives and maritime regulatory considerations.
    • Providing environmental counsel to one of the nation’s largest renewable energy companies with respect to project finance and portfolio restructuring for repowering projects.
    • Representing an airport client with respect to developing PFAS regulations.
    • Providing environmental counsel for several large international transactions in the electronics industry.
    • Providing environmental counsel for domestic and international real estate developers and investors related to property acquisition and redevelopment projects across the country.
    • Providing multifaceted transactional and corporate support to a large family office with significant real estate and investment holdings across its portfolio.
    • 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
    • Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Business Network for Offshore Wind

    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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    • Presenter, “Impact of U.S. Election on Offshore Wind,” Renewable UK in conjunction with the Business Network for Offshore Wind, March 24, 2021.
    • Panelist, “Impact of the US Election on Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy,” Business Network for Offshore Wind, November 6, 2020.
    • Panelist, “The Jones Act and Vessel Solutions for the US Offshore Wind Market,” Vessel Logistics and Foundations Offshore Wind Conference, WINDPOWER Monthly, June 2020.
    • Presenter, What’s All The Fuss About Ballast Water, ABA Section on Energy, Environment and Resources , 49th Spring Conference, June 2020.
    • Author, “COVID-19: Impact on the US Offshore Wind Industry,” Practical Law, May 2020.
    • Author, “What Will COVID-19 Mean for US Offshore Wind”, MarineLink and Offshore Engineer, April 2020.
    • Interviewee, “Regulatory Delays Put Brake on US Windfarm Gold Rush,” TradeWinds, November 2019.
    • Co-author, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Supply Chain Management Review, October 2019.
    • “Full Speed Ahead: How A New Jones Act Fleet Will Catalyze the US Offshore Wind Industry”, Poster Presentation, American Wind Energy Association, Offshore Wind Power Conference, Washington DC, October 2018.
    • Panelist, Offshore Vessel Market Panel, TradeWinds US Forum, Houston, Texas, October 2018.
    • “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 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 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 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 2017.

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