Jonathan A. Havens
Partner, Chair, Food and Beverage, Co-Chair Cannabis Law
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Jonathan A. Havens planned to be a telecommunications attorney. He had done some work with the wireless industry before law school and interned with the Federal Communications Commission media bureau.
After earning his Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America during the economic recession, Havens was offered a job as regulatory counsel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He has practiced in food and drug law ever since.
“I think it is a great area to practice in,” Havens said. “The FDA regulates a lot of what we consume and the things that touch our everyday lives so it is a pretty solid career path to be a food and drug regulatory attorney.”
After working at two regional law firms, Havens joined Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP in September 2016 and was named a partner earlier this year. He is chair of the food and beverage section and co-chair of cannabis law.
He enjoys the fact that clients don’t come to him with easy questions or queries they could answer on their own. Many are stuck in situations that are not dealt with in regulations and need guidance.
“It really puts us through our paces,” he said. “We really have to know the law front and back. … I think it takes a creative mind to advise clients about the questions they are coming to us with.”
Havens notes his parents instilled in him that personal success is to be valued but giving yourself to your community and those in need is equally if not more important. He serves on the LifeBridge Health Leadership Council, the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association – Maryland Chapter and on the governing board of Towson University Hillel.
“One of the things that I love about my firm is there is great support and latitude for extracurricular activities when it comes to being involved in the community,” he said.