Jonathan T. Blank Partner

Jonathan is Department Chair for the firm's Business and Securities Litigation Department, former office managing partner of the firm's Charlottesville office, and former co-chair of the firm's Oil and Gas team. He is a problem solving American College of Trial Lawyer Fellow who focuses on energy law.

His energy law experience includes wind, solar, biomass, natural gas mineral rights, royalty, transportation, construction, consumer protection, antitrust, fraud and other complex litigation. He has tried dozens of bench and jury trials, and has appeared in district, circuit and federal courts, as well as in AAA arbitrations. He has been reported in cases in the Virginia Supreme Court, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and one in the U.S. Supreme Court. Jonathan has litigated cases in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia. He is an A/V rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell.

While earning his law degree from the University of Virginia, Jonathan was honored as a member of the Raven and IMP Societies.


Counsel in multiple royalty gas and related class action litigation in the Appalachian Basin.

Counsel in multiple mineral rights litigation associated with natural gas in the Appalachian Basin.

Counsel on a AAA multiday breach of contract cogeneration arbitration involving multimillion-dollar cross claims.

Counsel on a AAA multiweek energy power plant construction arbitration involving multimillion-dollar cross claims.

Counsel on a Virginia Circuit Court waste injunction action for energy sector client.

Counsel on a Virginia Circuit Court multiday quiet title bench trial.

Counsel on Virginia Circuit Court cases involving corporate dissolution.

Counsel on a U.S. Department of Justice investigation regarding accounting issues related to revenue collection involving interviews of hundreds of employees, and collection of millions of pages of hard and electronic documents.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, University of Virginia Journal of Law and Politics, 1995
  • University of Virginia, BA, with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Member, Boyd-Graves Conference, 2006-2012, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Chair, Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations, 2011-2012, Virginia State Bar

Board Member, 2009-present; Chair, Administrative Subcommittee, 2010-present, Virginia State Board of Corrections

Board Member, Charlottesville Police Department Foundation, 2009-present

Board Member, Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board , 2006-2009

Fundraising Chair, Class of 1992 5th Year Reunion; Chair, Class of 1992 10th Year Reunion; Committee Member, Class of 1992 15th Year Reunion; Co-Chair, Class of 1992 20th Year Reunion; Founding Member and Communications Chair, Young Alumni Council; Member, Earnest Mead Foundation, University of Virginia Alumni Association

Committee Co-Chair; 2008-2010; Vice Chair for Publicity, 2007-2008, Charlottesville Democratic Committee

Board Member, Central Virginia Legal Aid, 2008-present

Secretary and Treasurer; Member, Audit Committee, Legal Aid Justice Center, 2012-present 

Board Member, 2008-2010; Board Development Committee, Madison House

Member, Tzedakah Committee, Congregation Beth Israel

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th 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 District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Virginia, Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2024

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Securities Litigation: Defense, 2021; General Commercial Disputes, 2021, 2023

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2021, 2022, 2023

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Energy and Natural Resources, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2023

Selected for Inclusion in "Virginia's Legal Elite," Civil Litigation, Virginia Business, 2004-2009, 2017, 2020, 2022

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Energy Litigation: Oil And Gas, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017-2018

Selected for inclusion in “Client Service All Stars,” Energy Litigation, BTI Consulting Group, 2013

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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