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Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) — USA - Nationwide


Fowler Rodriguez - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected group with cross-border expertise and a huge breadth of experience in the field of maritime litigation. Provides valued advice to a client base of shipowners and charterers, energy companies, P&I clubs and other insurers. Has deep knowledge of claims involving personal injury, collision, maritime commercial disputes, insurance coverage and mass disaster litigation. Also possesses significant expertise in criminal defense work in the maritime sector.

Strengths One interviewee explains: "Admiralty law is extremely specialized, and the firm is a credit to that area of law."

Sources say of the firm: "When it comes to maritime law they are pre-eminent."

Notable practitioners

George Fowler is considered by sources to be a preeminent maritime litigator who provides clients with counsel on casualty and maritime disasters. He was characterized by one client as a "strong lawyer who is well prepared, creative and not someone who shies away from confrontation."

Antonio Rodriguez is an experienced maritime attorney, who is noted by a commentator for his collision and pollution expertise. Furthermore, his practice includes wider casualty issues, maritime product liability and vessel construction.

About the Team (content provided by Fowler Rodriguez)

The attorneys of Fowler Rodriguez can be found in multiple cities across the U.S. as well as in multiple cities internationally. Our team has experience in Admiralty and Maritime, Arbitration Proceedings, Banking and Financial Services, Business Counseling and Corporate Matters, Construction, Criminal Matters, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Energy Law, Entertainment Law, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance, Immigration and Naturalization Law, Insurance and Reinsurance, International Matters, Labor and Employment Law, Liability Defense, Litigation, Maritime Criminal Matters, Products Liability/Warranty/Redhibition Claims, Real Estate, Tax and Estate Planning, Torts, and Transactions.

Our Attorneys are internationally recognized as legal experts in the areas of: international law, commercial transactions and litigation, construction, criminal law, maritime, environmental, insurance and reinsurance, energy, and defense of liabilities, including personal injury defense and product liability. In addition, we have pioneered a new area of specialization -- maritime criminal defense.

We’ve worked on both small and large cases, some of the larger cases we’ve worked on most recently have been Cotemar v. Hornbeck Offshore, Jewel Owner Ltd., and Marquette Transportation Jones Act.

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Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive practice with an excellent pedigree representing maritime sector interests in a vast spectrum of litigious matters, including personal injury, environmental issues and insurance defense. Top-quality reputation extends across its native Southeastern region and beyond.

Strengths The firm is considered to be the "cream of the crop in the Jacksonville area" by one complimentary interviewee.

Notable practitioners

James Moseley has a strong reputation as a accomplished litigator. His practice includes maritime matters as well as related insurance and personal injury cases. He is noted by one peer as a "pragmatic attorney," while another calls him "an energetic, straightforward and accomplished shipping lawyer."

Robert Parrish has extensive experience as a litigator in the maritime industry, with a depth of practice representing clients in related class action and environmental matters. His expertise includes counseling on casualty response and oil spills, as well as defending shipowners and insurance interests.

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Phelps Dunbar LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Accomplished maritime litigation group with deep industry expertise, sought after by multinational companies, shipowners and underwriters, including major P&I clubs. Works extensively across myriad contentious matters including personal injury claims, contractual disputes, environmental issues and maritime disasters. Formidable presence in the Gulf Coast region, particularly regarding issues involving the oil industry, and boasts both brown-water and blue-water capacity.

Strengths One impressed client notes the firm's efficient approach, recalling that its lawyers "focused on trying to resolve matters as soon as reasonably possible and were good at communicating with status reports."

Another client compliments Phelps Dunbar's broad maritime practice, calling it a "full-service firm and personable in its style of representation."

Notable practitioners

Michael Butterworth maintains an admiralty litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice on a range of matters including personal injury, collision and cargo issues. He is described as an attorney who "brings a pragmatic approach because he has a depth of practical experience that informs his legal issues."

Kevin LaVie is considered by a client to be a "very good personal injury lawyer who is amenable and personable." He offers a broad maritime practice, litigating on a variety of matters, such as cargo damage and collision claims, charter party disputes and limitation of liability matters.

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Blank Rome LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for In-demand team with substantial experience across the full suite of contentious issues in the maritime sector. Deep bench of expert lawyers routinely engaged to act on behalf of significant shipowners and operators, P&I clubs and energy companies. Impressive nationwide footprint complements the firm's Gulf Coast-focused practice. Boasts a dedicated maritime emergency response team to respond to casualties and pollution-related incidents.

Strengths The firm is highlighted by one interviewee as "an interesting firm with a good reach and incredibly well-known practitioners."

Work highlights Represented Chevron in a variety of litigation matters relating to the shipping of oil and chemical products, including charter party and demurrage disputes, recently providing counsel on a casualty case related to an accident on an oil rig.

Continues to counsel Valero in various matters, such as demurrage claims and recently the filing of a lawsuit on their behalf regarding the collision damage to a dock and mooring system on the Mississippi River, rendering it inoperable and causing economic loss.

Notable practitioners

Michael Bell has extensive experience representing clients in both a domestic and international capacity in maritime environmental matters, including oil spills, charter party and insurance disputes. His clients include terminal operators, shipping companies and oil service companies.

Highlighted as a "super-smart and very detail-oriented" attorney, Jeremy Herschaft is an up-and-coming maritime litigator who routinely represents energy and shipping companies in matters including terminal operator and charter party disputes, casualty cases and cargo claims. His practice also extends to Chapter 15 maritime insolvencies.

Keith Letourneau focuses his maritime litigation practice on vessel arrests, pollution incidents, collisions and marine personal injury matters, among others. He is described as a "very steady and thoughtful attorney" by one client, while another notes that he is "very studious, measured and looks at the overall structure of a case, and what may happen several steps down the road."

Douglas Shoemaker is "thoughtful and pragmatic, while being very aggressive and thorough in terms of representation," according to one client. His litigation practice is focused on maritime matters involving personal injury issues, cargo damage defense and onboard investigations.

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

How We Stand Out

  • The strongest maritime legal team in Houston, the most important shipping and energy law market outside of New York. We offer clients hands-on, “boutique” service, backed by the resources of the largest and best maritime law firm in the United States – an ideal scenario for nationwide, major engagements.

  • Houston is a key part of Blank Rome’s renowned national shipping practice, strong on both the Gulf and East Coasts, and with West Coast capability. Our strong regulatory practice, mostly in Washington, D.C., also complements us in Houston, and gives us a considerable advantage over other firms. We offer unmatched shipping knowledge among U.S.-based law firms.

  • Premier litigation team – we’re not just the largest shipping practice in the United States; we believe we have the best shipping litigators in the market. We consistently attract the most complex shipping disputes, have more experience in maritime arbitration than any other U.S. firm, and are the first port of call for any shipping clients facing catastrophic events.

  • Our dedicated “Maritime Emergency Response Team” is on call around the clock to respond to pollution-related incidents and vessel casualties. At a moment’s notice, a member of our team will fly to the site of incident, and manage the potential civil and criminal consequences involved.

  • We also handle commercial agreements, transactions, and insurance for shipping companies.

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Chaffe McCall, LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers expertise across a wide range of blue- and brown-water matters, including coverage claims, contract disputes and environmental issues. Active on behalf of operators, charterers, shipowners and insurers, including P&I clubs. Gulf Coast presence is enhanced by impressive international capabilities, particularly in litigation in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Strengths Peers consider the team "knowledgeable and sharp, good to deal with."

Work highlights Defended CITGO in a lawsuit by Athos and the US government in an attempt to recover the cost of cleaning up the oil spill that occurred when the M/T Athos I collided with an uncharted and abandoned anchor en route to the CITGO refinery terminal.

Successfully defended Lafarge against the New Orleans 9th ward regarding liability for the breach of a flood wall.

Notable practitioners

Ivan Rodriguez maintains a cross-border practice and offers broad litigation expertise. He has a well thought of maritime practice including personal injury and insurance matters, in addition to handling product liability issues and environmental implications within the maritime industry.

Daniel Tadros represents clients in insurance defence matters and wider admiralty law issues. Clients appreciate his "diplomatic approach," and credit him as someone "you want to go to when you have a problem."

Hal Watson has an "excellent reputation" in the maritime industry, according to one source. He focuses his practice on maritime and energy insurance matters and has extensive cross-border abilities. In addition, he has noted experience in wreckage-removal claims.

About the Team (content provided by Chaffe McCall, LLP)

A vital component of the firm since its inception in 1826, the admiralty section is one of the leading practices of its kind in the southeastern United States. Over generations, it has become international in scope. Chaffe McCall attorneys regularly represent US clients in other countries, as well as foreign interests in the U.S. The group is multicultural and multilingual. It consists of attorneys with a wide range of interdisciplinary experience and a depth of knowledge that allow for effective collaboration with clients to achieve their legal objectives. Each lawyer approaches each case individually with the broad knowledge and deep understanding Chaffe McCall attorneys have for admiralty law.  The firm can be found online at www.chaffe.com

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Keesal, Young & Logan PC - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recommended maritime litigation practice with a strong West Coast presence. Provides expert advice to a range of industry participants including shipowners, charterers, terminal operators and P&I clubs, particularly regarding operations in the Pacific region. Regularly assists in matters concerning the Jones Act, cargo claims, charter party litigation and shipyard disputes. Experienced in environmental aspects of maritime litigation, especially in oil spill-related issues.

Notable practitioners

Samuel Keesal is well respected among peers as a prominent maritime litigator, with one describing him as a "spectacular trial lawyer who has a deep understanding of the industry." Alongside his admiralty law expertise he has experience in environmental and product liability cases.

Praised as a "good, hard-nosed lawyer," John Giffin regularly represents vessel owners and managers in litigation concerning cargo claims, collisions, groundings and personal injury matters. He also maintains a regulatory practice, representing shipping clients before agencies.

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Senior Statesperson

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chester Hooper of Holland & Knight LLP has built an impressive reputation in the area of maritime litigation, concentrated in the representation of vessel owners and operators in claims of cargo damage and collision matters. His experience also extends to the drafting of shipping documents, including bills of lading.

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De Leo & Kuylenstierna P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles De Leo of De Leo & Kuylenstierna P.A. maintains a highly respected and established maritime practice. He represents a variety of clients in litigation regarding personal injury and wrongful death claims, collision, product liability and natural resource damage. His clients include P&I clubs as well as vessel owners and operators.

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James F Moseley Jr

Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones

From the Chambers USA guide

James Moseley has a strong reputation as a accomplished litigator. His practice includes maritime matters as well as related insurance and personal injury cases. He is noted by one peer as a "pragmatic attorney," while another calls him "an energetic, straightforward and accomplished shipping lawyer."

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Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Parrish has extensive experience as a litigator in the maritime industry, with a depth of practice representing clients in related class action and environmental matters. His expertise includes counseling on casualty response and oil spills, as well as defending shipowners and insurance interests.

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Joseph A Walsh II

Clyde & Co US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Walsh of Clyde & Co US LLP has built a strong litigation practice and has noted maritime expertise, representing shipping and energy companies in a broad range of matters including environmental implications of maritime casualties and incidents, personal injury and cargo and vessel damage. A source considers him "one of the best maritime lawyers on the West Coast, and one of the better maritime lawyers in the country. If I had a conflict or needed counsel I would call on him."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Bell has extensive experience representing clients in both a domestic and international capacity in maritime environmental matters, including oil spills, charter party and insurance disputes. His clients include terminal operators, shipping companies and oil service companies.

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George J. Fowler, III

Fowler Rodriguez

From the Chambers USA guide

George Fowler is considered by sources to be a preeminent maritime litigator who provides clients with counsel on casualty and maritime disasters. He was characterized by one client as a "strong lawyer who is well prepared, creative and not someone who shies away from confrontation."

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kavanagh of Burr & Forman LLP regularly litigates maritime insurance matters and claims for personal injury and wrongful death. He is praised by clients for providing "excellent results" and for being "communicative and a good negotiator."

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Samuel A Keesal Jr

Keesal, Young & Logan PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Keesal is well respected among peers as a prominent maritime litigator, with one describing him as a "spectacular trial lawyer who has a deep understanding of the industry." Alongside his admiralty law expertise he has experience in environmental and product liability cases.

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David W McCreadie

Lau, Lane, Pieper, Conley & McCreadie PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Well-regarded by peers, David McCreadie of Lau, Lane, Pieper, Conley & McCreadie PA routinely represents clients in maritime liens cases and personal injury and cargo claims before the state and appellate courts.

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Antonio J Rodriguez

Fowler Rodriguez

From the Chambers USA guide

Antonio Rodriguez is an experienced maritime attorney, who is noted by a commentator for his collision and pollution expertise. Furthermore, his practice includes wider casualty issues, maritime product liability and vessel construction.

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Michael M Butterworth

Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Butterworth maintains an admiralty litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice on a range of matters including personal injury, collision and cargo issues. He is described as an attorney who "brings a pragmatic approach because he has a depth of practical experience that informs his legal issues."

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Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard

From the Chambers USA guide

Delos Flint is a litigator whose practice is centered around maritime and energy matters. He routinely represents vessel owners, charterers and insurers in personal injury defense, environmental aspects and collisions. His practice also includes the representation of drilling and service companies in energy matters.

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Keesal, Young & Logan PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Praised as a "good, hard-nosed lawyer," John Giffin regularly represents vessel owners and managers in litigation concerning cargo claims, collisions, groundings and personal injury matters. He also maintains a regulatory practice, representing shipping clients before agencies.

^ See whole ranking table

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Highlighted as a "super-smart and very detail-oriented" attorney, Jeremy Herschaft is an up-and-coming maritime litigator who routinely represents energy and shipping companies in matters including terminal operator and charter party disputes, casualty cases and cargo claims. His practice also extends to Chapter 15 maritime insolvencies.

^ See whole ranking table

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Julius "Sam" Hines

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Sam Hines of K&L Gates is described by one client as a "pleasure to work with and a true professional, who balances the law and the economics of the matter." Another source deems him an "exceptionally persuasive writer." He handles vessel seizures, charter party disputes, ship construction and insurance disputes.

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Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin LaVie is considered by a client to be a "very good personal injury lawyer who is amenable and personable." He offers a broad maritime practice, litigating on a variety of matters, such as cargo damage and collision claims, charter party disputes and limitation of liability matters.

^ See whole ranking table

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Keith B Letourneau

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Letourneau focuses his maritime litigation practice on vessel arrests, pollution incidents, collisions and marine personal injury matters, among others. He is described as a "very steady and thoughtful attorney" by one client, while another notes that he is "very studious, measured and looks at the overall structure of a case, and what may happen several steps down the road."

^ See whole ranking table

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Ivan M. Rodriguez

Chaffe McCall, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ivan Rodriguez maintains a cross-border practice and offers broad litigation expertise. He has a well thought of maritime practice including personal injury and insurance matters, in addition to handling product liability issues and environmental implications within the maritime industry.

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Womble Bond Dickinson US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gordon Schreck of Womble Bond Dickinson US LLP is an experienced litigator who concentrates his practice on admiralty and maritime matters, counseling shipping lines and marine insurers, among other clients, in a variety of disputes including casualty cases, cargo loss and damage claims, and personal injury and wrongful death cases.

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Douglas Shoemaker

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Shoemaker is "thoughtful and pragmatic, while being very aggressive and thorough in terms of representation," according to one client. His litigation practice is focused on maritime matters involving personal injury issues, cargo damage defense and onboard investigations.

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Chaffe McCall, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Tadros represents clients in insurance defence matters and wider admiralty law issues. Clients appreciate his "diplomatic approach," and credit him as someone "you want to go to when you have a problem."

^ See whole ranking table

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Chaffe McCall, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Hal Watson has an "excellent reputation" in the maritime industry, according to one source. He focuses his practice on maritime and energy insurance matters and has extensive cross-border abilities. In addition, he has noted experience in wreckage-removal claims.

^ See whole ranking table