Jay Johnson

Venable LLP

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Massachusetts Avenue Northwest 600
Washington 20001 DC US

Jay C. Johnson is counsel in the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group. His practice focuses on the regulatory, environmental, and litigation aspects of infrastructure and natural resource development projects, food and agriculture biotechnology, and federal land policy.

Jay serves preeminent clients in agricultural biotechnology, rail and surface transportation, mining, and energy. He frequently works on complex environmental issues, which includes representing clients on projects that attract attention from regulatory agencies and third-party groups, as well as authoring amicus briefs in cases significant to his clients’ interests.

Jay also has significant experience in federal trial and appellate courts, and before federal agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the Surface Transportation Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Jay’s experience covers a wide range of environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, in addition to a variety of substantive federal statutes. He has a proven track record of effectively helping clients navigate opposition to major projects that involves these laws.

Experience :

  • Represented client in U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals defending NEPA and CWA challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for intermodal rail facility.
  • Represented clients in filing amicus briefs in U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court regarding NEPA challenge to deregulation of genetically modified crops.
  • Represented client in U.S. Court of Appeals petition for review of Surface Transportation Board decision approving construction of rail line extension.
  • Represented client before Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in connection with dispute over interpretation of Programmatic Agreement entered into under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Represented client in obtaining permits for new rail line from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Land Management.
  • Represented client in three-week U.S. District Court trial regarding the scope of CERCLA and RCRA liability, and ensuing appeal challenging validity of Consent Decree negotiated after trial.
  • Represented client in seeking permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for construction of new rail line.

Education :

  • J.D. Order of the Coif University of Virginia School of Law 2001
  • B.A. summa cum laude Vanderbilt University 1998

Bar Admissions : District of Columbia, Virginia

Court Admissions :

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Clerk Experience : Honorable David A. Nelson U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals


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