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James A. Sartucci

Government Affairs Counselor
Fax +1.202.778.9100
Jim Sartucci, a government affairs counselor in K&L Gates’ Washington, DC office, has over a decade of experience lobbying federal agencies (especially the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration, and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) and the Congress on behalf of a wide variety of clients. He has extensive experience working with clients in the maritime, fisheries, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industries.

Mr. Sartucci is recognized as one of a handful of maritime policy experts in Washington, DC and has been involved in the development and enactment of virtually all significant maritime legislation since 1994. He coordinated an industry coalition that led to enactment of reforms to Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending and is a key member of another industry coalition advocating for reforming the regulation of ballast water and discharges incidental to the normal operation from commercial vessels. He has successfully advocated on behalf of several individual clients on a wide variety of policy and legislative matters.

During his Congressional staff career, Mr. Sartucci played an integral role in enacting significant authorizing legislation for nearly every mode of transportation. This includes establishing and reauthorizing the Maritime Security Program, reforming ocean shipping regulation, enacting multiple Water Resources Reform and Development Acts, comprehensive surface transportation authorization bills, Federal Aviation Administration and NASA reauthorization bills, and enacting pipeline safety, Amtrak reauthorization, and rail infrastructure bills. He also helped negotiate and shepherd through the Congress legislation establishing the Department of Homeland Security, several Maritime Transportation Security Acts, natural disaster preparedness and response reform legislation, the establishment of offshore oil production revenue sharing with coastal states, and two reauthorizations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Sartucci spent nine years as Legislative Director for Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), during which he advised the Senator on a wide range of legislative activities and negotiated several bills that were enacted into law. He developed considerable experience in the areas of maritime and other modes of transportation, land and water resources infrastructure, appropriations, disaster preparedness and response, energy, environment, and telecommunications policy.

From 1994 through 1998, Mr. Sartucci also served as a Professional Staff Member and Coast Guard Fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he was the lead staff member for merchant marine and maritime issues and legislation and supported the Committee’s work on Coast Guard, oceans, and fisheries issues and legislation.

Mr. Sartucci spent 17 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard, holding a variety of operational and staff assignments during that time, including six years of sea duty.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics Committee, Member
  • Propeller Club of the Port of Washington DC Board of Governors, Member
  • National Waterways Association Board of Directors, Member
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America Troop 773, Potomac, MD

Speaking Engagements

  • “Navigating Waterways Policy in the 115th Congress”, 2017 National waterways Conference Legislative Summit, Washington, DC, March 7, 2017
  • Speaker, “Elections’ Wake…Opportunities and Challenges in a New Washington,” Great Lakes Waterways Conference, February 14, 2017
  • Panel moderator, “Vessel Design,” Regulation, Policy and Technology: Next Steps, LNG As Fuel Seminar, Seattle, WA, January 29, 2014
  • "Navigating Waterways Policy in the 113th Congress," National Waterways Conference Legislative Summit, Washington, DC, March 13, 2013
  • "2012 Election Analysis," National Waterways Conference monthly meeting, Washington, DC, November 15, 2012
  • Assisted offshore supply vessel operators in enacting changes in law and Coast Guard regulations and policy concerning limits on the size and operations of offshore supply vessels and their crews.
  • Assisted a maritime trade association enact legislation to require that the full amount of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) revenues be spent each year for currently authorized purposes and that the Great Lakes navigation projects be considered as an interdependent system and receive at least 10% of HMTF annual appropriations.
  • Assisted a major cruise line on compliance and enforcement of coastwise passenger trade laws and regulations.
  • Counseled a major tanker operator regarding litigation and legislation concerning limits on foreign rebuilding of coastwise trade eligible vessels.
  • Assisting a major tanker operator with tax legislation to support increased investment in U.S. flag vessels.
  • Assisted a major port authority through the Federal NEPA process and bridge permitting process.
  • Assisted towing vessel operators with Mississippi River and Water Resources Development Act legislation.
  • Advised maritime terminal operator regarding federal navigation channel maintenance concern.
  • Counseled a commercial marine supplier regarding a U.S. Coast Guard marine casualty investigation.
  • Assisted a group of potential responsible parties with a federal navigation channel dredging responsibility concern.
  • Assisted State maritime academies with U.S. Coast Guard mariner training requirements, training vessel replacement, and harbor projects.
  • Assisted a vessel operators obtain a correction of a vessel construction date.
  • Counseled a lifesaving equipment component manufacturer regarding U.S. Coast Guard certification requirements.
  • Counseled a commercial shipyard regarding U.S. Coast Guard acquisition and cutter repair programs.
  • Advised ballast water management system manufacturers regarding U.S. Coast Guard ballast water treatment regulations and policies.
  • Assisting a vessel operator trade association with influencing a U.S. Army Corpse of Engineers economic review of a navigation lock project.
  • Assisting a vessel operator trade association with legislation to reform federal regulation of ballast water and discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel.
  • Assisted commercial aviation transportation companies obtain Department of Transportation enforcement of U.S. ownership and control requirements.
  • Assisted an Alaska Native Corporation with obtaining ferry service for its region.
  • Assisted a Class I railroad with a border security issue.
  • Assisting a class I railroad with obtaining a U.S. Coast Guard permit for a bridge construction project.
Oceans and Fisheries
  • Representing a major environmental organization on efforts to improve fisheries management and conservation provisions, including the implementation of catch share programs.
  • Assisting environmental and commercial fishing interests in defeating legislative initiatives in appropriations and authorizing bills that could result in overfishing in U.S. fisheries.
  • Providing policy and political advice to fishermen and environmental organizations regarding fisheries management and conservation measures, including specifically measures contained in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
  • Assisted an Alaska native corporation comment on proposed critical habitat designation for an endangered species.
  • Advised non-governmental organizations on oceans policy activities and federal election outcome impacts.
Defense and Homeland Security
  • Counseled a U.S. river terminal operator on the process for obtaining a security requirements waiver regarding the handling of certain cargoes.
  • Counseled a U.S. terminal operator on U.S. Coast Guard facility security requirements.
  • Advised a vessel operator on U.S. Navy vessel acquisition plans.
LNG exports
  • Assisted LNG export clients with understanding legislation that would expedite federal agency approval of LNG exports.
  • Assisted LNG export client with understanding the impact of U.S. tariffs on steel imports on project construction costs.
Federal Funding
  • Assisted a maritime trade association win a House of Representatives floor vote approving an amendment to fully fund the authorized HMTF spending level.
  • Represented a biomedical company in seeking federal funding for infectious disease diagnostic tools.
  • Assisted an Alaska Native Corporation with obtaining increased funding for Alaska Native wildlife habitat enhancement projects.
  • Assisted a commercial entity with federal business development regarding data center cooling systems.
  • Assisting an Ivy League university seeking federal funding for an infrastructure project.
  • Assisted a property owner expedite FEMA payments for natural disaster damage.
  • Assisting a vessel operator trade association with obtaining funding for the U.S. Coast Guard to design and build a new Great Lakes icebreaker.
  • Assisting LNG export clients with obtaining additional HMTF funding for maintenance dredging of federal navigation channels serving their facilities.