Jeanne M. Grasso
Blank Rome LLP
Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner at Blank Rome LLP, Vice Practice Group Leader of the Maritime, International Trade and Government Contracts Practice Group, and Co-Chair of Blank Rome's Maritime Industry Team. Jeanne focuses her practice on maritime and environmental law for domestic and international clients. She regularly counsels owners and operators of vessels, cargo owners and facilities on maritime and environmental issues, including ballast water, air emissions, MARPOL, and the Jones Act. Her practice involves counseling on all aspects of maritime and environmental regulatory compliance, including US Coast Guard and Customs matters; internal and grand jury investigations; defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions; and pollution incident response.
Jeanne was 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.
In 2012, she was appointed to the Marine Board of the National Research Council, where she served for four years. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center since 2007. She was Board Member/Secretary of the World Ocean Council from 2011 through 2013. Jeanne served as president of the U.S. Chapter of the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) from 2008 through 2013, prior to being elected to WISTA's International Board. 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.
Jeanne graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Biology, the University of Southern California with a Masters in Marine Affairs, and the University of Maryland School of Law.