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.