Jonathan Simon represents clients before the courts, Congress, and federal agencies on a broad range of matters involving natural resources, public lands, environmental, and energy law. Jon’s practice focuses on providing legal and strategic guidance and counsel with regard to the management and use of federal lands and the development of energy infrastructure projects. Jon has broad experience in matters involving the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), Wilderness Act, and other environmental and natural resource-related statutes. He also has specialized experience working with project developers, Alaska Native corporations, and others on resource development and land use issues in Alaska.
Jon assists clients with NEPA strategy and compliance, and throughout the process of obtaining and defending special use permits, right-of-way grants, and other use authorizations needed to construct natural gas pipelines, electric transmission facilities, and other infrastructure projects on or across federal and state lands. He has represented clients on various projects, large and small, including the Alaska natural gas pipeline. In addition, Jon has represented clients on oil pipeline tariff and related matters arising under the Interstate Commerce Act.
Among other areas, Mr. Simon provides legal and strategic guidance and counsel with regard to the development of energy infrastructure projects. He assists clients throughout the process of obtaining and defending special use permits, right-of-way grants, and other use authorizations needed to construct natural gas pipelines, electric transmission facilities, and other infrastructure projects on or across federal, state, and private lands. He has represented clients on various projects, large and small, including the Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project.
Jon also works with entities that operate or are interested in operating visitor services — such as lodging, food services, boat tours, merchandising, transportation-related services, and outfitter and guide services — under concession contracts, permits, leases, or commercial use authorizations in the National Parks and other federally-managed land areas. Success in these matters requires navigating highly specialized legal and strategic business issues and working in partnership with the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies. Jon offers a wide range of experience in this area, including preparing, and providing strategic advice relating to, responses to prospectuses for new or renewed contracts; counseling on sales and transfers of concession contracts; legislative and administrative advocacy; possessory interest and leasehold surrender interest issues; preferential right issues; and litigation.
In addition, Jon advises clients on compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act and other laws and authorities governing lobbying and political activity, including lobbying disclosure, campaign finance, and congressional and executive branch gift and travel rules.
George Washington University School of Law
J.D., with honors, 1998
Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Native American Law, 2015-2017
American Bar Association
Vice Chair, Public Land and Resources Committee, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, 2005-2008
Energy Bar Association
Cornell University Council, 2011-present
Director-at-Large, Cornell Alumni Association, 2011-present
Member, Advisory Board of Directors, Cornell Outdoor Education, 2010-present
National Parks Promotion Council
Board of Directors, 2009-present
U.S. Department of the Interior
Legal Intern, Office of the Solicitor, Land and Water Resources Division, 1997
Office of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, (D-NJ)
Special Projects Assistant/ Legislative Assistant, 1995
Special Research Assistant/ Legislative Correspondent, 1993-1994