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Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory — USA - Nationwide


Blank Rome LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Department

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What the team is known for Highly acclaimed practice well known for its representation of significant shipping clients on a range of regulatory matters. Has expertise in Jones Act compliance, environmental investigation defense of companies and individuals, and government relations. Advises on maritime cybersecurity issues, including attacks and security breach avoidance. Further strength in counseling shipowners and operators on US trade sanction issues. Offers wider industry expertise in shipping within the context of offshore oil, gas and wind energy compliance matters.

Strengths "The strength of the team is that of focus combined with great depth of experience. In that way they are a first-class team who are responsive and always available to discuss matters," says a client.

Sources praise the team for being an "excellent firm with excellent professionals."

Work highlights Assisted the captain and owner of the El Faro Cargo ship in the settling of compensation in litigation, as well as regulatory matters relating to investigations under NTSB.

Advised Dakota Creek Industries on regulatory matters pertaining to the error in the process of the construction of a new fishing vessel, for which the firm lobbied Congress to provide a legislative waiver.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Waldron is considered by one client to be the "top expert on the Jones Act," while another noted him for providing "responses that are well researched," adding that he is "always being available for further follow-up." He is "well respected in the industry," and regularly represents both international and domestic clients on Jones Act matters, maritime security and environmental compliance.

The "excellent" Jeanne Grasso is noted for her regulatory expertise relating to the US Coast Guard and environmental and safety compliance concerns. She regularly advises cargo owners, charterers and vessel owners and operators in regulatory matters, investigations and enforcement actions before agencies such as the DoJ and EPA. She was praised by sources for her "strong reputation" in the regulatory space.

Matthew Thomas is experienced in the maritime regulatory space, representing clients such as ports, ship owners and shipyards on sanction matters before various US authorities.

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

  • Teams in Washington, D.C., Houston and New York cover compliance counseling, training, risk mitigation, corporate investigations, enforcement action defense, administrative litigation, and government relations
  • Liaise with all regulators overseeing the industry; our relationships with their key personnel are central to our strength
  • Our Firm’s top shipping litigation and finance practices are crucial; complex regulatory, litigation and transactional efforts are often interconnected
  • We have vast experience defending companies and individuals facing environmental investigations of casualties or alleged intentional misconduct – many with criminal elements and involving potential/intentional Clean Water Act and MARPOL violations
  • Our depth of knowledge and capabilities are unmatched in compliance with and enforcement of issues involving the Jones Act and other coastwise trade laws. Here, we often are local U.S. counsel for international shipping law firms
  • One of few firms advising the industry on the threats of cyber-attacks, how best to protect against breaches, and assisting clients with cyber-audits and investigations
  • We have considerable knowledge of offshore regulatory compliance issues for the oil, gas, and wind energy industries
  • The “go-to” firm for domestic and international clients worldwide regarding ballast water management compliance requirements. We’ve sought hundreds of compliance-date extensions, dealt with enforcement actions, and often speak worldwide on risk and liability

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Cozen O'Connor - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Department

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What the team is known for Excellent maritime practice with a solid reputation for advising clients on issues including US sanctions, regulatory compliance and cabotage laws, among others. Experienced representing client interests in matters under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the Maritime Administration, and a host of other regulating agencies. Also active in advising on regulatory issues arising from maritime industry M&A. Expertise representing various clients such as carrier alliances, shipping trade associations and joint ventures.

Strengths One client highlighted the firm for having "tremendous resources" as well as having "so much expertise in-house."

Work highlights Counseled the intermodal equipment pool, Consolidated Chassis Management, on regulatory issues pertaining to federal maritime and competition law matters in the process of their geographical expansion.

Advised maritime terminal operators West Coast MTO Agreement on regulatory and compliance matters relating to their project aiming to provide greater efficiency by opening terminals in off-peak time.

Notable practitioners

Stanley Sher has a wealth of expertise in the maritime industry representing major international ocean carriers before government agencies and the courts. He was noted by one commentator for his "well-deserved high-level reputation in the carrier business."

Marc Fink's practice focuses on regulatory concerns related to the transportation of cargo. He regularly advises clients before various agencies and handles regulatory compliance issues and sanctions. Interviewees say that his "strengths are his in-depth and current knowledge of the shipping sector, and the applicable statutes and regulations."

Praised for his "excellent expertise," Jeffrey Lawrence is a prominent maritime attorney who has experience representing associations and companies before federal transportation agencies. Sources "found him to be exceptionally sharp when it comes to the legal and regulative landscape, and he has been successful in thinking outside of the box."

Wayne Rohde receives praise for his regulatory work, regularly representing shipping industry clients before the Federal Maritime Commission. This includes handling filing and compliance matters.

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K&L Gates - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Department

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What the team is known for Well regarded for work in a range of areas related to regulatory compliance in the shipping space, including safety, environmental and Jones Act rules. Has expertise representing a domestic and international client base before the FMC, Coast Guard and other federal agencies. Also known for acting on antitrust issues and export restrictions, in addition to increased activity advising clients on infrastructure developments and their associated regulatory concerns. Represents significant cruise operators, maritime coalitions, port interests and tanker operations.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm is of a high standard in terms of quality of legal work and client service. It understands the business and tries to give practical advice as opposed to dry academic conclusions on specific legal issues."

Work highlights Continues to advise the International Council of Containership Operators on various regulatory matters, including environmental controls and industry trade.

Continues to assist the Norwegian Cruise Line on compliance matters, advising on laws pertaining to the operation of cruise ships out of US ports.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Emanuel Rouvelas as a "star lobbyist" and an "excellent attorney who has always been at the top of the shipping industry." He has a wealth of experience within the maritime sector and acts for shipping companies across the world.

William Myhre focuses his practice on representing shipping industry and government clients. Sources describe him as an "excellent" lawyer and a "strong hand with a broad knowledge of the shipping area."

Mark Ruge is described by sources as "very solid on Jones Act matters." He has extensive expertise handling regulatory and policy matters before federal courts, agencies and Congress.

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Department

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What the team is known for Esteemed practice working with large shipping clients on regulatory issues such as the Jones Act, environmental regulations and other matters. Good depth of experience on US law and international treaties affecting coastal and international shipping. Also recommended for its capabilities in legislative drafting, and maintains strong agency and government relationships.

Strengths "The service is top notch and they are deans in the field, so they know the area of law better than anyone else," says a client.

Work highlights Representing Phillips 66 with regard to the export of crude oil legislation and subsequent regulations.

Acted for Schuyler Line Navigation Company on bid protest litigation with the US Government.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Constantine Papavizas is praised by a client for being "extremely creative, very smart and with great intellect." He has a wealth of experience in the application of the Jones Act and is described as a "very good lawyer whom you can call on for just about anything."

Allen Black's broad practice includes representing clients before the Federal Maritime Commission. He has noted expertise in maritime law concerning jurisidiction and punitive damages issues. He is described as a "phenomenal attorney to work with: A walking encyclopedia on maritime regulations and case law."

Bryant Gardner handles regulatory maritime matters associated with importing and exporting goods, including hazardous materials. One peer comments that he is "a good lawyer who is well respected and has good judgment."

About the Team (content provided by Winston & Strawn LLP)

Winston's Maritime team is best known for:

  • Exceptional depth and breadthWinston is best known as a “go-to” firm for difficult maritime problems involving U.S. Government policy, law, regulations and enforcement.

  • 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 most recently, our team has been involved in one of the largest on-going cases in history before the Federal Maritime Commission, involving Maher Terminals.

  • Demonstrated Thought Leadership: Members of Winston’s maritime and admiralty practice
    group are regularly asked to participate as speakers within the maritime
    industry, contribute as columnists for various publications







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Senior Statesperson

Robert T Basseches

Goodwin

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Basseches of Goodwin is a longstanding transportation attorney who has built up a prominent maritime practice, including a strong reputation as an administrative litigator. One of his clients named him as a "world-wise and experienced" attorney who forms an "indispensable part of the legal team."

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Senior Statesperson

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Stanley Sher has a wealth of expertise in the maritime industry representing major international ocean carriers before government agencies and the courts. He was noted by one commentator for his "well-deserved high-level reputation in the carrier business."

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Star Individuals

Constantine G Papavizas

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Constantine Papavizas is praised by a client for being "extremely creative, very smart and with great intellect." He has a wealth of experience in the application of the Jones Act and is described as a "very good lawyer whom you can call on for just about anything."

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C Jonathan Benner

Thompson Coburn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Benner of Thompson Coburn LLP has prominent expertise in trade regulation matters on an international scale. His regulatory practice includes the representation of major US ports in environmental and infrastructure issues, and he also acts for maritime trade associations and cruise operators. One source calls him a "bright attorney and a very good litigator."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Fink's practice focuses on regulatory concerns related to the transportation of cargo. He regularly advises clients before various agencies and handles regulatory compliance issues and sanctions. Interviewees say that his "strengths are his in-depth and current knowledge of the shipping sector, and the applicable statutes and regulations."

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Jeffrey F Lawrence

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Praised for his "excellent expertise," Jeffrey Lawrence is a prominent maritime attorney who has experience representing associations and companies before federal transportation agencies. Sources "found him to be exceptionally sharp when it comes to the legal and regulative landscape, and he has been successful in thinking outside of the box."

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Emanuel L Rouvelas

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Emanuel Rouvelas as a "star lobbyist" and an "excellent attorney who has always been at the top of the shipping industry." He has a wealth of experience within the maritime sector and acts for shipping companies across the world.

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Jonathan K Waldron

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Waldron is considered by one client to be the "top expert on the Jones Act," while another noted him for providing "responses that are well researched," adding that he is "always being available for further follow-up." He is "well respected in the industry," and regularly represents both international and domestic clients on Jones Act matters, maritime security and environmental compliance.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Allen Black's broad practice includes representing clients before the Federal Maritime Commission. He has noted expertise in maritime law concerning jurisidiction and punitive damages issues. He is described as a "phenomenal attorney to work with: A walking encyclopedia on maritime regulations and case law."

^ See whole ranking table

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Jeanne Grasso is noted for her regulatory expertise relating to the US Coast Guard and environmental and safety compliance concerns. She regularly advises cargo owners, charterers and vessel owners and operators in regulatory matters, investigations and enforcement actions before agencies such as the DoJ and EPA. She was praised by sources for her "strong reputation" in the regulatory space.

^ See whole ranking table

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

William Myhre focuses his practice on representing shipping industry and government clients. Sources describe him as an "excellent" lawyer and a "strong hand with a broad knowledge of the shipping area."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Ruge is described by sources as "very solid on Jones Act matters." He has extensive expertise handling regulatory and policy matters before federal courts, agencies and Congress.

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Highlighted as a "bright and versatile" attorney, Ashley Craig of Venable LLP is a well-regarded trade lawyer who has expertise in maritime regulatory and compliance matters. He is praised by a client for being "well connected and respected" and for his "insight in industry trends and government leanings."

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryant Gardner handles regulatory maritime matters associated with importing and exporting goods, including hazardous materials. One peer comments that he is "a good lawyer who is well respected and has good judgment."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Rohde receives praise for his regulatory work, regularly representing shipping industry clients before the Federal Maritime Commission. This includes handling filing and compliance matters.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Thomas is experienced in the maritime regulatory space, representing clients such as ports, ship owners and shipyards on sanction matters before various US authorities.

^ See whole ranking table