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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New Orleans.

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

Strengths One market insider reports that the team is "always a pleasure to work with. The firm is very knowledgeable in this specialized area."

The firm is considered to be "very responsive and effective" by a satisfied client.

Notable practitioners

George Fowler is a well-regarded litigator offering excellent representation to clients in cases pertaining to maritime disasters. He is active in litigation at both state and federal level in both trial and appellate courts. One source highlights that he is an "excellent lawyer in the courtroom who refuses to lose. He is very aggressive but also persuasive in serving clients."

Antonio Rodriguez is the recipient of much praise from industry sources for the caliber of his maritime litigation practice. He is frequently engaged in litigation stemming from significant ship collisions and casualities, product liability and environmental issues. He stands out for his expertise in oil spill issues.

The "very knowledgeable and capable" Delos Flint maintains a varied maritime practice, with expertise in maritime liens disputes, personal injury defense, and collisions and charter party disputes, to name a few. One client reports: "He's extremely thorough - I always feel like, if I send something to him, he personally handles it and is always aware of where each piece stands."

Department profile 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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Fowler Rodriguez has strong international presence in the practice areas of Admiralty and Maritime, Banking and Financial Services, Business Counseling and Transactions, Corporate Practice, Immigration and Naturalization Law, Tax and Estate Planning, Products Liability, and International Criminal Law, International Litigation, and International Transactions.

Our attorneys have a diverse background and are not only fluent in many languages but also able to contend with legal documentation in foreign languages. Their immersion in the international legal industry similarly emerges through their work experience: Our attorneys have worked for the United States government both in Washington D.C., and overseas, foreign governments, and international organizations.


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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Jacksonville.

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 Sources highlight the firm as being "top-notch" and comprised of "super lawyers."

Notable practitioners

James Moseley Jr is a highly rated practitioner who provides clients with seasoned advice across a vast spectrum of matters in the maritime industry. He has impressive skills in litigation and arbitration and often advises on cases concerning insurance disputes and personal injury

Robert Parrish enjoys an excellent reputation for his top-tier maritime litigation practice. He offers deep knowledge of environmental issues relating to the industry, including oil spills, casualty response and natural resource damages assessments.

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New Orleans.

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 a myriad of 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.

Strengths One client admires that, "from a professional perspective, they have horsepower and, on a personal level, they're good people. They are dependable, reliable and a fantastic resource."

"They're knowledgeable and professional. There is diverse experience in the practice, particularly at partner level, and they respond with expertise to any situation," says one commentator.

Notable practitioners

Michael Butterworth has experience in a swath of maritime disputes, including those involving cargo claims, collisions, personal injury and environmental litigation. He practices at both trial and appellate level, and is well versed in alternative dispute resolution.

Kevin LaVie is "very responsive, dependable and just goes above and beyond," asserts one market source. He is active across a number of issues, including cargo claims, collisions and products liability, with standout strength in personal injury and occupational disease litigation.

Senior statesman David Lawton possesses a wealth of experience advising on maritime litigation. Clients seek out his deep expertise in matters concerning contract disputes, maritime pollution and personal injury and fatalities, at both trial and appeal.

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Houston.

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.

Strengths One pleased client attests: "Their staffing and breadth of knowledge is fantastic. The people there know how to do pretty much everything, and they do it quickly and efficiently."

One observer reports: "They have the ability to technically evaluate what's going on in a case. They possess a practicality that I value and appreciate."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Tradeco in an arbitration concerning a $20 million asset seizure dispute over a subsea vessel charter.

Acted for Chevron in litigation involving a personal injury claim concerning a rig that the client had chartered in the Gulf of Thailand.

Significant clients NuStar Energy, American Club, Stolt-Nielsen, Gulf Stream Marine, Standard Club.

Notable practitioners

Michael Bell is an "exceptionally skilled technical lawyer," says one impressed source. He concentrates his practice on dealing with maritime disasters and casualties, charter party disputes and environmental issues. Clients admire that he "tends to speak freely and directly" and that "he's well connected to the industry so gets different perspectives."

Keith Letourneau maintains a comprehensive maritime practice. He regularly supports clients in collisions, vessel arrests and maritime pollution incidents, and has a solid grasp of contractual matters. He is also well versed in maritime issues coinciding with the energy sector.

Douglas Shoemaker is a "terrific" attorney with years of experience handling a broad scope of maritime issues. He is particularly capable in personal injury matters, Jones Act litigation, navigational error claims and cargo damage defense. One observer reports: "His greatest strengths are his practical application of his broad experience and an ability to identify the critical issues."

Up-and-comer Jeremy Herschaft is described by one industry participant as "very smart, thorough and thoughtful in terms of thinking things through." He handles domestic and international cargo claims, marine casualties and charter party disputes, and also advises on insolvency disputes.

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Long Beach and San Francisco.

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, with particular regard to 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.

Strengths Sources know Keesal to be "a great firm" housing a stable of "top-notch lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Samuel Keesal is an active participant in maritime litigation proceedings in courts across the West Coast, from Long Beach to Anchorage. He has a strong, varied disputes practice, including general counseling, trials and arbitration.

John Giffin is a "very professional and knowledgeable" attorney with years of experience in the maritime industry. He has extensive expertise in handling cargo claims, personal injury claims and marine casualty matters. He regularly acts on behalf of shipowners and managers, among other clients.

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Burr & Forman LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York)

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Mobile.

What the team is known for Solid group with expertise in a range of contentious matters in the maritime space, with particular strength in the Southern states. Utilized by manufacturers, shipyards, ship operators and charterers in litigation involving maritime casualty claims, hazardous material issues, cargo claims and contract disputes, to name a few. Particularly good maritime logistics focus, as part of wider intermodal capabilities.

Strengths One client admires the team's "solid, reliable and responsive" approach to sensitive disputes.

Work highlights Represented Assuranceforeningen Skuld in an appeal against the US Customs and Border Protection following its imposition of a significant fine over allegations of a failure to comply with import declarations.

Served as counsel to British Marine P&I in a cargo claim concerning allegations of significant damage caused to a shipment of steel cargo in passage from Spain to the USA.

Significant clients Aaron Oil Company, Chubb & Son, Swedish Club, Starr Adjustment Services, Millard Maritime.

Notable practitioners

John Kavanagh is routinely engaged in maritime litigation arising from personal injury and wrongful death claims and insurance coverage disputes, as part of a highly regarded practice. One commentator appreciates that he is "extremely professional and capable. He is a pleasure to work with, always responsive and service-minded."

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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and New Orleans.

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 One interviewee reports: "They have a deep, knowledgeable team with a range of experience. They're accessible and quick to respond."

Work highlights Continued to represent Lafarge North America in sizable litigation arising from allegations of damage claims concerning a breached flood wall during Hurricane Katrina, and the subsequent flooding of residential areas.

Successfully represented Sunglory Maritime, as the vessel owner, in a marine salvage claim made following the emergency landing of a helicopter on the helipad of a loaded bulk carrier.

Significant clients Liberty International, North of England P&I Club, Avin International, Minerva Marine, Ports America.

Notable practitioners

Ivan Rodriguez is a rising star in the market, whose broad-ranging practice is the object of much admiration. He is sought after to assist in marine casualty, personal injury and products liability litigation, among other areas. He stands out for his experience the South American markets.

Department profile 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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Winston & Strawn LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York)

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Provides well-considered representation to a variety of maritime clients, including port authorities, vessel owners and operators and charterers. Especially strong in handling environmental litigation, contract disputes, cargo claims and collision issues.

Strengths One client considers the team to be "a well-oiled machine" that produces "an excellent work product that overwhelms opponents."

Of the firm's general capabilities, one source says: "They're a cut above - nothing is outside their realm in any industry."

Work highlights Obtained an appellate victory for Global Marketing Systems in a $14 million breach of contract dispute brought by Brave Maritime Corporation.

Continued to counsel Maher Terminals in significant litigation against the Federal Maritime Commission regarding the client's competition rights under the Shipping Act.

Significant clients Liberty Maritime, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, Schuyler Lines Navigation, Columbia Ship Management, The Mosaic Company.

Notable practitioners

Allen Black is a key contact at the firm.

Department profile by Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston's Maritime team is best known for:

  • Exceptional depth: Winston is best known as a “go-to” firm for difficult maritime problems involving U.S. Government policy, law, regulations and enforcement. We are consistently ranked highly by other third party attorney rating agencies, including Chambers.

  • Full Service Approach: Our team, unlike many of our maritime boutique competitors, is fully integrated in the full service workings of the firm and is backed by our 400-attorney litigation department. For example, we expand on matters handled by the maritime practice, involving members of the firm’s FCPA legal team, as well as members from the firm’s appellate practice.

  • Significant Engagements: In recent years, we have been involved in some of the most significant engagements impacting the maritime industry. For example, we have represented a major oil spill response organization in oil pollution cost recovery litigation before the federal district court and more recently, our team has been involved in one of the largest ongoing cases in history before the Federal Maritime Commission, involving Maher Terminals. Most recently we achieved a significant appellate victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in favour of Winston client Global Marketing Systems, Inc. (GMS) in a $14 million breach of contract dispute brought by Brave Maritime Corporation, Inc. (Brave).









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Senior Statesmen

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "exceptional" Chester Hooper of Holland & Knight LLP maintains an established and highly praised practice with a deep understanding of contentious issues including cargo damage defense, collisions and contract disputes. He is also a leading expert in international trade law affecting carriage of goods by sea.

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Senior Statesmen

Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior statesman David Lawton possesses a wealth of experience advising on maritime litigation. Clients seek out his deep expertise in matters concerning contract disputes, maritime pollution and personal injury and fatalities, at both trial and appeal.

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De Leo & Kuylenstierna P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles De Leo of De Leo & Kuylenstierna P.A. is "a great lawyer" who maintains a widely respected maritime practice that is highly valued by his client base of vessel owners and operators, and P&I clubs. His cross-border practice covers a myriad of maritime issues, including product liability, vessel damage claims and personal injury and casualty claims.

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James F Moseley Jr

Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones

From the Chambers USA guide

James Moseley Jr is a highly rated practitioner who provides clients with seasoned advice across a vast spectrum of matters in the maritime industry. He has impressive skills in litigation and arbitration and often advises on cases concerning insurance disputes and personal injury

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Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Parrish enjoys an excellent reputation for his top-tier maritime litigation practice. He offers deep knowledge of environmental issues relating to the industry, including oil spills, casualty response and natural resource damages assessments.

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Joseph A Walsh II

Clyde & Co US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Walsh of Clyde & Co US LLP is an accomplished and in-demand litigator who practices extensively across the spectrum of maritime litigation, with particular prowess in environmental issues. He regularly acts for shipping and energy companies, as well as other industry entities in cargo claims and personal injury matters. One source believes him to be an "excellent all-around practitioner who's always willing to be helpful."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Bell is an "exceptionally skilled technical lawyer," says one impressed source. He concentrates his practice on dealing with maritime disasters and casualties, charter party disputes and environmental issues. Clients admire that he "tends to speak freely and directly" and that "he's well connected to the industry so gets different perspectives."

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George J. Fowler, III

Fowler Rodriguez

From the Chambers USA guide

George Fowler is a well-regarded litigator offering excellent representation to clients in cases pertaining to maritime disasters. He is active in litigation at both state and federal level in both trial and appellate courts. One source highlights that he is an "excellent lawyer in the courtroom who refuses to lose. He is very aggressive but also persuasive in serving clients."

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kavanagh is routinely engaged in maritime litigation arising from personal injury and wrongful death claims and insurance coverage disputes, as part of a highly regarded practice. One commentator appreciates that he is "extremely professional and capable. He is a pleasure to work with, always responsive and service-minded."

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Samuel A Keesal Jr

Keesal, Young & Logan PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Keesal is an active participant in maritime litigation proceedings in courts across the West Coast, from Long Beach to Anchorage. He has a strong, varied disputes practice, including general counseling, trials and arbitration.

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David W McCreadie

Lau, Lane, Pieper, Conley & McCreadie PA

From the Chambers USA guide

David McCreadie of Lau, Lane, Pieper, Conley & McCreadie PA is considered by market sources to be a "knowledgeable and hard-working practitioner." He is known for his representation of clients in state, federal and appellate courts, and possesses expertise in cargo claims, personal injury and maritime liens cases.

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Antonio J Rodriguez

Fowler Rodriguez

From the Chambers USA guide

Antonio Rodriguez is the recipient of much praise from industry sources for the caliber of his maritime litigation practice. He is frequently engaged in litigation stemming from significant ship collisions and casualities, product liability and environmental issues. He stands out for his expertise in oil spill issues.

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Michael M Butterworth

Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Butterworth has experience in a swath of maritime disputes, including those involving cargo claims, collisions, personal injury and environmental litigation. He practices at both trial and appellate level, and is well versed in alternative dispute resolution.

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Bajo Cuva Cohen & Turkel P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Cuva of Bajo Cuva Cohen & Turkel P.A. maintains an active maritime practice in matters relating to personal injury, product liability and damages claims, to name a few. He concentrates particularly on issues in the Gulf Coast region.

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Fowler Rodriguez

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very knowledgeable and capable" Delos Flint maintains a varied maritime practice, with expertise in maritime liens disputes, personal injury defense, and collisions and charter party disputes, to name a few. One client reports: "He's extremely thorough - I always feel like, if I send something to him, he personally handles it and is always aware of where each piece stands."

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Keesal, Young & Logan PC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Giffin is a "very professional and knowledgeable" attorney with years of experience in the maritime industry. He has extensive expertise in handling cargo claims, personal injury claims and marine casualty matters. He regularly acts on behalf of shipowners and managers, among other clients.

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Julius "Sam" Hines

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Sam Hines of K&L Gates operates a broad disputes practice, with capabilities in matters including insurance claims, product liability and vessel collisions. Additional strength lies in his experience handling oil and hazardous material spills. One interviewee notes that he "knows the law and how to balance zealous representation with the economics of the case."

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Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin LaVie is "very responsive, dependable and just goes above and beyond," asserts one market source. He is active across a number of issues, including cargo claims, collisions and products liability, with standout strength in personal injury and occupational disease litigation.

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Keith B Letourneau

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Letourneau maintains a comprehensive maritime practice. He regularly supports clients in collisions, vessel arrests and maritime pollution incidents, and has a solid grasp of contractual matters. He is also well versed in maritime issues coinciding with the energy sector.

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Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gordon Schreck of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP has experience in dealing with a host of maritime disputes, including in cargo damage, personal injury and charter party disputes, with specific expertise in recreational boating casualty litigation. Schreck stands out for his reputation in Charleston, where he represents business interests relating to the city's developing port.

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Douglas Shoemaker

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Shoemaker is a "terrific" attorney with years of experience handling a broad scope of maritime issues. He is particularly capable in personal injury matters, Jones Act litigation, navigational error claims and cargo damage defense. One observer reports: "His greatest strengths are his practical application of his broad experience and an ability to identify the critical issues."

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Up and Coming

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Up-and-comer Jeremy Herschaft is described by one industry participant as "very smart, thorough and thoughtful in terms of thinking things through." He handles domestic and international cargo claims, marine casualties and charter party disputes, and also advises on insolvency disputes.

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Up and Coming

Ivan M. Rodriguez

Chaffe McCall, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ivan Rodriguez is a rising star in the market, whose broad-ranging practice is the object of much admiration. He is sought after to assist in marine casualty, personal injury and products liability litigation, among other areas. He stands out for his experience the South American markets.

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