Jon Zinke is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice before the State Courts of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Supreme Court, and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Hong Kong. He holds an unlimited Oceangoing United States Coast Guard Chief Mate’s License and sailed as a deck officer on various United States flag vessels for five years prior to commencing his legal career in 1980.
Jon was associated with a maritime firm in New York from 1980 to 1985 when he transferred to that firm’s Hong Kong office as resident partner. In 1997 Jon joined Keesal, Young & Logan and became resident partner of the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Jon provides advice to the firm’s clients in the Far East regarding various maritime and commercial disputes involving United States law and provides advice and assistance to law firms throughout the United States on matters involving Asia. He is also actively involved in handling maritime and commercial arbitration disputes in New York and Asia.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Maritime Law Association of the United States, The Nautical Institute, a past Chairman of the Maritime Law Committee of The Inter Pacific Bar Association, Deputy Chairman of The Maritime Law Association of Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, an honorary member of the Hong Kong Marine Insurance Club, an Associate Member of the Average Adjusters Association, is on the Board of Editors of The Institute of Seatransport “Seaview” Magazine and was the 2005 Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, on whose Board he served from 1998 to 2007. He was also the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation in 2006 and 2008 and serves as a permanent Trustee of that organization.