Cozen O’Connor: Vogel, Jeff R.

Jeff R. Vogel


Washington, D.C.

(202) 304-1453

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

The Good, Bad, and the Undeniably Ugly [Marine News]

Jeff Vogel published an article to Marine News discussing what the end of the year legislative and regulatory period entails for the United States maritime industry.

Jeff focuses his practice on strategic and operational matters affecting the United States maritime industry and on government contracts across all industries.  In the maritime space, Jeff routinely represents ocean carriers and maritime stakeholders in regulatory and financial matters before the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).  He provides counsel on a wide range of federal maritime programs, including the Maritime Security Program (MSP), Cargo Preference, Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program, Capital Construction Fund (CCF), Construction Reserve Fund (CRF), and Deepwater Ports licensing. He regularly advises vessel operators regarding regulatory and contractual issues arising under the Jones Act, Passenger Vessel Services Act, Dredging Statute, and American Fisheries Act (AFA), ensuring compliance with U.S. citizenship and vessel documentation requirements in complex financing transactions.  

In his government contracts practice, Jeff represents clients in a range of industries, including aviation, defense, engineering, health care, information technology, maritime, security services, and translation services.  He has successfully prosecuted and defended bid protests before defense and civilian agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), state courts, and local appellate public contract tribunals.  He routinely counsels businesses on compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), executive orders, Small Business Administration (SBA), statutory, and regulatory provisions incorporated into each federal contract. He also guides buyers and sellers through the M&A process by conducting due diligence to assess risk associated with the acquisition or sale of government contractors, negotiating appropriate protections, and obtaining mandatory government approval and contract novations.  

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff worked at MARAD as the acting assistant chief counsel for Maritime Programs and lead attorney for Maritime Support Programs, where he led a team of attorneys overseeing all legal aspects of MARAD’s national security and financial programs.

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his law degree and Master of Arts in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami. He was also the first MARAD attorney ever selected to attend the United States Naval War College, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.



The Propeller Club – Port Of Washington, DC Announces Jeff Vogel As New Vice President

April 29, 2019

The Propeller Club – Port of Washington, DC, a chapter of the International Propeller Club of the United States a nonprofit dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community, named Cozen O'Connor attorney Jeff Vogel their new Vice President.

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.


The Good, Bad, and the Undeniably Ugly [Marine News]

December 01, 2019

Jeff Vogel published an article to Marine News discussing what the end of the year legislative and regulatory period entails for the United States maritime industry.

MARAD Seeks to Reestablish Voluntary Tanker Agreement

November 01, 2019

Jeff Vogel discusses the notice published on November 1. Comments on the draft VTA are due by December 2.

More Money, Same Problems for U.S. Port Infrastructure [Marine News]

September 01, 2019

Jeff Vogel contributed an article to Marine News Magazine discussing the investment made toward the U.S. Department of Transportation Port Infrastructure Program and the effect it has had.

Opportunity to Comment on MARAD’s U.S. Citizenship Regulations and Policies [Alert]

April 30, 2019

Anne Mickey and Jeff Vogel discuss two Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking soliciting comments on steps that MARAD can take to simplify and/or modernize its U.S. citizenship regulations and policies.

A Tale of Two Fleets: Mixed Government Support for U.S. Shipbuilding [Marine News]

April 01, 2019

Jeff Vogel discusses the congressional hearings focused on the shipbuilding industry's role as a critical component of the U.S. national security industrial base.

A Time to Act Boldly: Maritime Challenges in the 116th Congress [Marine News]

February 12, 2019

Jeff Vogel authored a piece calling for the 116th Congress to recognize that the U.S.-flag fleet requires new mechanisms of support and that our domestic port infrastructure is a strategic national asset, requiring additional funding.

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.

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  • 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.