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Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory — Nationwide


Blank Rome LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory

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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 Highly acclaimed practice well known for its representation of significant shipping clients in 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.

Strengths One client enthuses: "I think their work is sterling. They are smart, alert, aware and treat their clients' problems like their own and take their needs very seriously. When I have had a problem, I've always been confident in their advice and counsel."

Work highlights Represented Northland Power in the $234 million development of an offshore wind farm near Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Advised clients such as Shell Oil, Statoil and Buckeye Partners on a range of trade issues, including counseling Buckeye on coastwise trade compliance and export controls.

Significant clients Deepwater Wind, International Group of P&I Clubs, Marine Spill Response, Chevron, Furie Operating Alaska.

Notable practitioners

One source describes Jonathan Waldron as "the ultimate professional," adding: "He's knowledgeable, wise, well known in the industry and a pleasure to work with." His extensive knowledge is regularly applied to matters concerning environmental compliance, Jones Act issues and maritime security. He has particularly deep expertise in major spill and pollution response work.

Jeanne Grasso is prized by a broad client base for offering valued expertise in pollution incident response, compliance and enforcement actions involving a number of federal agencies, including the DOJ and US Coast Guard. Sources describe her as "a smart, hard-working person and a good role model" who is "very tapped into the community worldwide."

Matthew Thomas maintains an active regulatory practice utilized by a range of industry participants, including shipowners, flag states, P&I clubs and terminal operators. The trade and sanctions specialist is described by one source as "a bright lawyer and someone I respect."

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

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

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. Well experienced in 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.

Strengths Sources attest that "the firm is always responsive," that they "look for appropriate solutions," and that "their level of expertise is very high."

Work highlights Advised Consolidated Chassis Management with respect to federal maritime and competition legal issues relating to the client's new service development.

Counseled the West Coast MTO Agreement on government regulatory compliance and filing requirements for the program being developed by the group, which advocates increased port operation efficiency.

Significant clients Hapag-Lloyd, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Hamburg Sud, World Shipping Council, Höegh Autoliners.

Notable practitioners

Marc Fink is "always very good" and has comprehensive experience across the full range of regulatory compliance issues that apply to shipping clients. He frequently counsels clients on trade sanction and compliance issues under the jurisdiction of numerous federal agencies, notably the FMC and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jeffrey Lawrence possesses "a tremendous amount of expertise and longterm vision of things, and also a tremendous amount of connections," one source enthuses. He regularly represents foreign and domestic maritime entities on a variety of issues before relevant federal agencies.

Wayne Rohde is noted for his ongoing representation of significant clients on the multitude of day-to-day compliance issues they face. He works with domestic, Asian and European carriers on the full complement of FMC regulations.

Sources say Stanley Sher is "certainly a statesman; he has a very good reputation." He is a foremost expert on regulatory proceedings, antitrust and legislative initiatives in the shipping space.

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

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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 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.

Strengths One client reports: "Everyone at K&L Gates is very responsive, pleasant to work with and very proactive. They have extensive contacts on the lobbying and legislative side of their practice and their attorneys have deep subject matter expertise."

One source maintains that "they do a very nice job. They have good strategic thinking, they're organized and methodical and they get the job done."

Work highlights Continued to provide the American Maritime Partnership with regulatory assistance, including defending against cabotage law amendment proposals and offering administrative and legislative support.

Served as regulatory counsel to Maersk Line, particularly with regard to issues concerning US-flagged vessel operations, the Maritime Security Program, other defense-related federal programs and various further legislative matters.

Significant clients American Bureau of Shipping, Institute of International Container Lessors, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group, Lake Carriers' Association, Calgon Carbon.

Notable practitioners

Emanuel Rouvelas is thought of as "a man of good judgment" with "a great reputation" by industry observers. He operates a highly accomplished practice active in jurisdictions across the world and frequently represents shipping companies before the US and foreign governments.

William Myhre is particularly strong in US vessel ownership and documentation law, as well as in safety compliance and citizenship issues. One source asserts: "He's a very good, solid lawyer and I like him a lot." He is highlighted for his cruise ship and commercial fishing industry expertise.

Mark Ruge is admired for his "good strategic mind" and "very, very detail-oriented" approach. He is well known for his representation of domestic maritime interests and his work in support of bodies such as the Lake Carriers' Association and Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.

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

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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 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 One client reports that the lawyers are "very service-minded and take care of their clients. The team works well together and discusses issues together before submitting legal recommendation."

One source asserts that the firm's "client service is second to none."

Work highlights Assisted Liberty Maritime Corporation with respect to protecting the participation of its fleet in international food assistance programs, as well as maintaining cargo preference requirements.

Advised Phillips 66 on legislative and regulatory issues related to the export of crude oil.

Significant clients Maher Terminals, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, Columbia Ship Management, Global Marketing Systems, Liberty Global Logistics.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly knowledgeable" Constantine Papavizas ascends to a star ranking thanks to his reputation as "the dean of maritime law" and "the go-to attorney for Jones Act regulatory questions." He provides premier representation to clients before a host of federal agencies. One impressed source reports: "He is sensitive to his clients' needs and understands their internal workings, which greatly adds to his ability to see the entire picture."

Allen Black "is very responsive to all enquiries, and has deep knowledge in the relevant topics," one interviewee reports. His broad practice means he is well versed in acting before the FMC in a range of proceedings. He stands out for his experience and connections with the US Coast Guard.

The "excellent" Bryant Gardner maintains an impressive maritime practice with proficiency in an array of client needs, including cargo preference, bid protests, trade regulations and regulatory compliance. One happy client appreciates that "he's very laid back for a big-time DC lawyer. He verbalizes things in an ordinary, non-lawyer way."

Department profile by Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston's Maritime team is best known for:


  • Exceptional depth and breadth:
    Winston 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 Statesmen

Robert T Basseches

Goodwin

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Senior statesman Robert Basseches of Goodwin is "a brilliant lawyer" who offers clients a wealth of experience in the maritime industry. He is highly valued by a clientele of terminals, carriers and other industry participants, whom he advises on contentious matters and regulatory advice.

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Senior Statesmen

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Stanley Sher is "certainly a statesman; he has a very good reputation." He is a foremost expert on regulatory proceedings, antitrust and legislative initiatives in the shipping space.

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Star Individuals

Constantine G Papavizas

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly knowledgeable" Constantine Papavizas ascends to a star ranking thanks to his reputation as "the dean of maritime law" and "the go-to attorney for Jones Act regulatory questions." He provides premier representation to clients before a host of federal agencies. One impressed source reports: "He is sensitive to his clients' needs and understands their internal workings, which greatly adds to his ability to see the entire picture."

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C Jonathan Benner

Thompson Coburn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Benner of Thompson Coburn LLP concentrates his highly regarded practice on the representation of maritime industry interests before the US Coast Guard and FMC. Sources say: "He's brilliant on administrative procedures at agencies in DC. For preemption, he's one of the best in the country."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Marc Fink is "always very good" and has comprehensive experience across the full range of regulatory compliance issues that apply to shipping clients. He frequently counsels clients on trade sanction and compliance issues under the jurisdiction of numerous federal agencies, notably the FMC and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Jeffrey F Lawrence

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Lawrence possesses "a tremendous amount of expertise and longterm vision of things, and also a tremendous amount of connections," one source enthuses. He regularly represents foreign and domestic maritime entities on a variety of issues before relevant federal agencies.

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Emanuel L Rouvelas

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Emanuel Rouvelas is thought of as "a man of good judgment" with "a great reputation" by industry observers. He operates a highly accomplished practice active in jurisdictions across the world and frequently represents shipping companies before the US and foreign governments.

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Jonathan K Waldron

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One source describes Jonathan Waldron as "the ultimate professional," adding: "He's knowledgeable, wise, well known in the industry and a pleasure to work with." His extensive knowledge is regularly applied to matters concerning environmental compliance, Jones Act issues and maritime security. He has particularly deep expertise in major spill and pollution response work.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Allen Black "is very responsive to all enquiries, and has deep knowledge in the relevant topics," one interviewee reports. His broad practice means he is well versed in acting before the FMC in a range of proceedings. He stands out for his experience and connections with the US Coast Guard.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeanne Grasso is prized by a broad client base for offering valued expertise in pollution incident response, compliance and enforcement actions involving a number of federal agencies, including the DOJ and US Coast Guard. Sources describe her as "a smart, hard-working person and a good role model" who is "very tapped into the community worldwide."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

William Myhre is particularly strong in US vessel ownership and documentation law, as well as in safety compliance and citizenship issues. One source asserts: "He's a very good, solid lawyer and I like him a lot." He is highlighted for his cruise ship and commercial fishing industry expertise.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Ruge is admired for his "good strategic mind" and "very, very detail-oriented" approach. He is well known for his representation of domestic maritime interests and his work in support of bodies such as the Lake Carriers' Association and Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.

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Venable LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ashley Craig of Venable LLP is highlighted for his capabilities advising clients on international trade regulations governing the shipping industry. He acts for domestic and foreign companies in matters regarding economic sanctions, export controls and customs compliance. Clients appreciate that "we can communicate very well; I immediately felt comfortable discussing things with him."

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Bryant Gardner maintains an impressive maritime practice with proficiency in an array of client needs, including cargo preference, bid protests, trade regulations and regulatory compliance. One happy client appreciates that "he's very laid back for a big-time DC lawyer. He verbalizes things in an ordinary, non-lawyer way."

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Rohde is noted for his ongoing representation of significant clients on the multitude of day-to-day compliance issues they face. He works with domestic, Asian and European carriers on the full complement of FMC regulations.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Thomas maintains an active regulatory practice utilized by a range of industry participants, including shipowners, flag states, P&I clubs and terminal operators. The trade and sanctions specialist is described by one source as "a bright lawyer and someone I respect."

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