Jesse Medlong helps enterprises and governments navigate the legal risks and opportunities on their journey toward sustainability, with a focus on climate change, environmental law, dispute resolution, and multilateral negotiation.

Jesse’s unique experience combines international diplomacy, high-stakes litigation, and sustainability policy, so his clients can simplify compliance and forge strategic relationships at the increasingly critical intersection of business and sustainability. His practice has a particular focus on identifying ESG-related liability risks and developing creative, stakeholder-centric approaches to risk mitigation and dispute resolution. Jesse also coordinates the ESG efforts of DLA Piper’s Consumer Goods, Food and Retail Sector, and his clients include household brands across a wide range of industries.

Jesse negotiates on behalf of a sovereign party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where, among other things, he has worked to ensure that all developing countries can be fairly represented. He has advised a leading global consulting firm on plastics regulation at the local, state, federal, and international levels. He consults on risks related to current and emerging environmental regimes for clients ranging from multinational retailers to global chemical and agriscience firms. Jesse also counsels a wide variety of business on environmental and social risks in supply chains, including risks related to human rights abuses and both physical and transitional risks from climate change. 

Jesse is a Navy veteran and an alumnus of DLA Piper's Krantz Fellowship, which allowed him to spend his first year as an associate working exclusively on pro bono matters. He also supports DLA Piper's commitment to pro bono as a member of the North American Pro Bono Committee.

Jesse writes on sustainability, ESG, climate change, environmental legal developments, antimicrobial product regulation, international law, and veterans issues.