Cozen O’Connor: Vogel, Jeff R.

Jeff R. Vogel

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 304-1453

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

A Fleet in Peril – the Need for a US-Flag Cargo Strategy

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation and Trade Practice, authored "A Fleet in Peril – the Need for a US-Flag Cargo Strategy" for The Journal of Commerce.

Jeff R. Vogel has more than eight years of experience in administrative, national security, maritime, U.S. cabotage, transportation infrastructure, and trade law. Prior to joining the firm he worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Maritime Administration (MARAD) as the acting chief of the Division of Maritime Programs, lead attorney for Maritime Support Programs, and an attorney-adviser.
 
While acting division chief, Jeff supervised a team of attorneys on all aspects of MARAD’s maritime support, finance, and grant programs. He led a multi-disciplinary team in the development of new policies to address operational risk in the Maritime Security Program (MSP). He then spearheaded the drafting and negotiating of the revised, nine-year, $2.7 billion MSP operating agreement based on those policies. He oversaw the legal aspects of the Federal Ship Financing Program’s (Title XI) redevelopment and managed protracted discussions with Senate and House Appropriations staff regarding MSP payments. While lead attorney, he developed Congressional technical assistance leading to an extraordinary budget anomaly in the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014, he was the primary maritime legal adviser to the U.S. Trade Representative during Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations, and oversaw the legal aspects of the Capital Construction Fund and Construction Reserve Fund. He was also the first MARAD attorney ever selected to attend the U.S Naval War College.
 
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland College Park in government & politics and economics. He earned his first master’s from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in marine affairs and policy while simultaneously attending the University of Miami School of Law where he was awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement for Law of the Sea. After law school, Jeff went on to earn his second master’s in national security and strategic studies with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

April 09, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Former Acting Chief, Division of Maritime Programs, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

January 18, 2017

Vogel brings more than eight years of experience in maritime, national security, transportation infrastructure, and trade law to Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Group.

Publications

A Fleet in Peril – the Need for a US-Flag Cargo Strategy

November 27, 2018

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation and Trade Practice, authored "A Fleet in Peril – the Need for a US-Flag Cargo Strategy" for The Journal of Commerce.

10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

October 11, 2018

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation & Trade Group, published "10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference" for Law360.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

Making Sense of the Jones Act Waiver Conundrum [Maritime Alert]

September 29, 2017

In response to the governor of Puerto Rico’s request, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) waived the Jones Act on Thursday. The waiver covers all products shipped to Puerto Rico laded on board a vessel over the next 10 days and delivered to Puerto Rico by October 18.

Winds of Change: Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

September 20, 2017

This edition of the Maritime & Infrastructure Federal Update highlights the recent Jones Act waiver, funding through the TIGER program, the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and more.

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities [Maritime Alert]

June 07, 2017

Geof Ferrer, Rob Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss two notices that create a significant opportunity for stakeholders to shape the regulation of transportation and infrastructure projects in the United States.

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

May 30, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update attempts to navigate the mixed messages of recent government actions.

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

April 19, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform work on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, (ii) the implementation of a significant terminal coordination agreement, (iii) leadership changes at the Department of Transportation and Federal Maritime Commission, (iv) settlement of a landmark Jones Act case, (v) House actions regarding Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Coast Guard and (vi) Congressional hearings on Coast Guard, maritime, and infrastructure programs.

Furie and DHS Settle Dispute over Largest-Ever Jones Act Fine [Maritime Alert]

March 30, 2017

Jeff Vogel discusses the stipulation of dismissal filed by Furie Operating Alaska and the DHS, ending their long-standing Jones Act dispute.

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update March 2017

March 27, 2017

Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the maritime industry and our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
  • U.S. Naval War College, M.A., with honors, 2012
  • University of Miami, M.A., 2008
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2003

Awards & Honors

USDOT Superior Achievement Award (Bronze Medal)

MARAD Superior Achievement Award (Bronze Medal)

USDOT Partnering for Excellence Award

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Law of the Sea

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Washington, D.C.