Jonathan D. Simon

Partner

202.298.1932

jxs@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Provided legal and strategic counsel relating to natural and cultural resources and public lands issues to the developer of a major proposed new hydroelectric project in Alaska.
  • Assisted a natural gas pipeline company in managing the NEPA process for the development of new natural gas pipeline facilities in the Southwest United States.
  • Performed due diligence to assist an investment group in assessing the environmental permitting  risks associated with a potential transaction involving liquefied natural gas facilities.
  • Provides counsel to Alaska Native Corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) with respect to land access and related issues arising under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
  • Represents the State of Louisiana in a dispute with the Office of Natural Resources Revenue and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management relating to the sharing of revenues generated from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing and development in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented an association of local business owners and beach users in NEPA litigation relating to public access to the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area.
  • Provides counsel to major cruise lines relating to National Park Service concession contracts and entry permits into Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Represented a mountain climbing outfitting and guiding company in a dispute with the National Park Service relating to contract compliance and the right of preference to contract renewal.
  • Assists current and prospective National Park Service concessioners with the development of responses to prospectuses for concession contracting opportunities to operate various visitor services in the National Parks.
  • Advises companies and trade associations on compliance with federal lobbying registration and reporting requirements under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, campaign financing, and ethics rules governing the provision of gifts and travel to federal government officials.


Publications

Clean Water Act Section 401 - State Certification

Environment, Energy and Resources Law: The Year in Review 2011
American Bar Association (2012), pp. 148
05/01/2012

New Proposed Guidance on the Jurisdictional Reach of the Clean Water Act

Trends: ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter
09/01/2011

The Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline

Regulation of the Gas Industry, Vol. 1A, Ch. 16
06/01/2009

Colorado River Management Plan Update

The Grand Canyon River Runner, Vol. 6 Issue Spring
05/01/2008

Colorado River Management Plan Update

The Grand Canyon River Runner, Vol. 5 Issue 3
11/01/2007

Hydroelectric Regulation Under the Federal Power Act

Waters and Water Rights
06/01/2004

No Relief for Landowners: 7th Circuit Bars Recovery of Cleanup Costs Incurred After Filing RCRA Suit

Legal Times, pp. S32
05/24/1999

Presentations

The National Park Hospitality Association's 2017 Annual Meeting

Panelist, "Key Legal Issues"
National Park Hospitality Association
Arlington, VA
03/21/2017

NHA's 2013 Alaska Regional Meeting

Panelist, "Roadless Rule and Impact on Alaskan Hydropower Development"
National Hydropower Association
Girdwood, AK
09/26/2013