Jonathan H. Schaefer


  • Overview


    Jon Schaefer is based in the firm's Hartford office and a member of the Environmental + Utilities Group.  Mr. Schaefer represents clients in the areas of environmental, energy, telecommunications, and utilities law.

    He represents clients in various environmental matters that include:

    • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) violations and compliance;
    • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) disputes;
    • Clean Air Act (CAA) violations and compliance;
    • Clean Water Act (CWA) violations and compliance;
    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations and compliance;
    • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPRCA) violations and compliance;
    • Connecticut Transfer Act compliance;
    • Financial Assurance compliance; and
    • Formerly Utilized Sites Remediation Action Program (FUSRAP) disputes.  

    Mr. Schaefer also regularly monitors and reports on regulatory developments in the energy and utilities field throughout New England and appears before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC).

    Mr. Schaefer has also represented clients in Connecticut Superior Court, private arbitration, and private mediation on matters ranging from administrative appeals to shareholder disputes.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Schaefer interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with the United States Attorney's Office. While attending law school, he served as articles editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law and was President of the Environmental Law Society. 

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Environmental Law Section
      Energy, Public Utility, and Communications Law Section
      Young Lawyers Section

      Federal Bar Council (2015)

      Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court
      Pupil (2012 - 2013)

      Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Environmental Law since 2013 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "First 100," 2013

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Bushnell Park Foundation
      Board of Directors (2013 - present)

      The United Way
      Volunteer Reader (2012 - 2016)
    • Publications


      "Renewable Energy," published in Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries, an ABA publication of the Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law Section; co-authored with Joey Lee Miranda the Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont portions of the Survey of State Renewable Portfolio Standards in the "Renewable Energy" chapter (2013)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • March 8, 2016

        Land Use Lawyers Negotiate Settlement Allowing Soup Kitchen to Remain Open

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      • December 3, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Volunteers Teach JA Curriculum in Hartford School

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      • May 16, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford 2014 Annual Dinner

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      • May 23, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors NCCJ Annual Dinner

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      • November 6, 2012

        Attorney Teaches Financial Literacy to Silas Deane Middle School Students

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      R+C News Releases

      • November 28, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • November 21, 2013

        Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Names Six Robinson & Cole Lawyers Among its “First 100”

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      • November 7, 2013

        Connecticut Legal Services Honors Robinson & Cole for Pro Bono Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program

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      • June 26, 2013

        Jonathan Schaefer Joins Bushnell Park Board of Directors

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      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • May 22, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Provide Pro Bono Support to Norwich Soup Kitchen

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    • Newsletters


      EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal and Modifies FOIA Presumption, co-authored with Earl W. Phillips Jr., Robert S. Melvin and Megan E. Baroni (Dec 2015)