Jonathan A. Wolfson Associate

A former environmental and energy policy analyst for the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Jonathan Wolfson is skilled at effectively explaining technical materials and complex legal principles to a jury or before state and federal courts.

Jonathan represents energy companies, public utilities, chemical companies and agricultural producers in nuisance, personal injury and environmental regulatory litigation matters, especially those where expert testimony is necessary. His experience also includes representing his clients’ interests on mass tort joint defense committees in their defense of complex environmental claims.

A skilled legal narrator, Jonathan regularly identifies, trains, and assists expert witnesses throughout all stages of litigation to support his clients’ litigation needs, often partnering with scientists, economists and historians.

Jonathan’s passion for teaching and educating extends outside of the courtroom. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, has coached debate and moot court competitors ranging from middle school through law school, and has given talks to audiences.

In addition to his environmental litigation practice, Jonathan has an active pro bono practice, mainly focused on the representation of domestic violence victims. Jonathan coordinates a team of attorneys who participate in our Richmond office’s Protective Order pro bono program which takes dozens of referrals each year from the Central Virginia Legal Aid to represent victims of domestic violence.

When not employing his teaching and communication skills for clients, Jonathan can be found conducting scientific evaluations with his children on the best kinds of ice cream, leading his church’s scouting group on their latest adventure, cheering for the Virginia Cavaliers, or searching for a good trainer for his family’s mini schnauzer.


Ongoing representation of energy company in multiple high-profile environmental litigation matters in coastal Louisiana.

Representation, as national and regional counsel, of a number of manufacturers involved in the asbestos litigation.

Representation, as national counsel, of national trucking company involved in benzene litigation in Louisiana. Plaintiff claimed he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from work as an independent truck driver. Obtained dismissal of some claims through preliminary motions practice (Louisiana exceptions) and favorable settlement of all claims.

Representation of national facilities equipment company in multiple contract disputes. Served as first chair trial attorney in defense of maintenance contract lawsuit and obtained defense verdict, including attorneys’ fees.

Representation of companies in matters pending before, or related to, the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Representation of landowners seeking to move historic cemeteries for land development. Coordinate the legal and strategic planning for the relocation of cemetery to enable development of energy generation facility.

Representation of federal court as a member of a discovery Special Master team. Sole associate assigned to assisted partner appointed as Special Master in resolving numerous discovery disputes through in-person party meetings, teleconferences, briefing, and oral arguments.

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Articles Editor, Virginia Tax Review, 2010
  • Washington University in St. Louis, AB, Economics, magna cum laude, 2005
Committee Member, McFarland Institute Council of Baptist Community Ministries, 2012
  • Co-author, Re-Litigating History: Louisiana Wetland Cases and State-Level Litigation to Re-Regulate Environmental Activities, 38 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 9, 2017
  • Author, CPSC Unveils “Regulatory Robot” Designed to Offer Glimpse of Possible Regulatory and Statutory Obligations, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, January 13, 2016
  • Author, Optimal Opt-Out: The Effect of the Payroll Tax on Married Women's Labor Force Participation, 31 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 843, 2013
  • Author, Warring Teammates: Standing to Oppose a Co-Party's Motion for Summary Judgment, 60 Drake L. Rev. 561, 2012
  • Co-author, Lowering The Barriers To Consumer-Directed Health Care: Responding To Concerns, 26 Health Aff. 1328, 2007
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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