Jonathan Havens is the co-chair of both the Cannabis Law Practice and the Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Practice at Saul Ewing LLP. He also serves as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Baltimore office. He counsels state cannabis and psychedelics license applicants and awardees, ancillary service and product providers, investors, management companies, and various other entities that are affected by federal and state cannabis and psychedelics laws. In addition, Jonathan maintains an active food and beverage practice, particularly with regard to cannabidiol (CBD) products, in which he counsels manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of conventional foods, dietary supplements, and beverages on product development, claim substantiation, labeling, promotion, registration, reporting, and recall issues to ensure compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state and local requirements.
Since 2019, Chambers USA has recognized Jonathan as one of America’s leading lawyers in cannabis law. In 2021, Law360 selected Jonathan as a cannabis law rising star, making him one of only five attorneys nationwide to receive that honor. He is regularly interviewed by mainstream and trade press outlets, alike, and has been quoted by or authored pieces for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, CNBC, WIRED, MarketWatch, Politico, Engadget, Law360, High Times Magazine, and Marijuana Business Daily, among others. Jonathan currently serves on Law360’s Cannabis Editorial Advisory Board and the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Cannabis-Derived Products Committee.
Before entering private practice, Jonathan served as a regulatory counsel with FDA, where he focused on compliance and enforcement related to promotion, advertising, and labeling. Prior to law school, Jonathan served as a legislative aide in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.