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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Esteemed practice with significant experience handling high-profile maritime litigation for national and international clients. Highly regarded for crisis response and offering additional expertise in alternative dispute resolution. Maintains an excellent reputation for advising maritime industry entities in federal investigations arising from intentional misconduct allegations and casualty events, as well as in a host of cybersecurity issues. Increasingly active in shipping bankruptcy disputes, having recently acted in a number of Chapter 15 cases.

Strengths One client attests: "There is a professional and thorough approach to their handling of cases. They're heavy-hitters who can be innovative or aggressive when they need to be."

One source considers the Blank Rome group to be "a very strong, dedicated team," and notes: "They're good at coordinating work in several states."

Work highlights Represented the owner and captain of 'El Faro' in litigation stemming from the ship's sinking in 2015, including defending a number of wrongful death claims.

Acted for NuStar Energy in litigation arising from the bankruptcy of OW Bunker. The associated cases involve complex legal issues and claims worth an aggregated $30 million.

Significant clients Hanjin, Seacor, Shell Oil, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Carnival.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Belknap has years of experience across a range of contentious matters in the shipping arena, with noted strength in contract disputes, charter party disputes, cargo claims and insurance litigation.

John Kimball offers "excellent knowledge and experience in supporting the client," one source states. Clients trust him with a range of sensitive matters, such as advising Hyundai Merchant Marine on a case involving the largest containership loss ever. Kimball is lauded by one client as "one of the best maritime lawyers in the USA."

Richard Singleton maintains an active litigation practice in the shipping space, and is strong in marine disaster and casualty claims, bankruptcy litigation and environmental issues. His "advice is concise, accurate and helpful, and he will actually provide solutions and suggestions," one interviewee comments.

Lauren Wilgus is a highly regarded associate who practices extensively on behalf of foreign and domestic maritime clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She recently assisted on a longrunning suit for Swiss shipping company Flame, which was owed millions of dollars by a Ukrainian company that defaulted on several forward freight agreements.

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Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York)

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly respected maritime litigation boutique with expertise covering areas such as maritime protection and indemnity, major casualty cases and maritime criminal defense. Represents a client base composed of shipowners and insurers, including all major P&I clubs.

Strengths One interviewee enthuses: "They are very strong in developing personal relationships with the client, explaining the pros and cons of each case, and being forthright in dealing with the court and opposing counsel."

"They've got someone who can handle any claim - they have a really broad experience and expertise range," observes one client.

Work highlights Represented Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, the owners of a dredge that is alleged to have caused damage to undersea cables when carrying out an operation in Puerto Rico.

Acted for West of England P&I Club in litigation resulting from a fire aboard car carrier vessel M/V 'Courage', including advising on federal investigations and defending against cargo claims.

Significant clients Britannia P&I Club, Hapag-Lloyd, AIG, Standard P&I Club, Maersk Line.

Notable practitioners

Peter Gutowski has long maintained a top-tier practice and provides clients with expertise in both arbitration and litigation arising from cargo claims, charter party disputes, casualty claims and commercial disputes. One client notes that "he's an easy person to talk to and he gives the best advice."

Wayne Meehan is thought to be "fantastic to work with," and to possess "excellent overall knowledge of the subject matter" by one interviewee. He dedicates his practice to significant maritime casualty cases and charter party disputes.

The "excellent" Don Murnane has a great track record in handling disputes covering a range of casualty and contractual disputes. He specializes further in chemical product and perishable goods litigation.

William Juska offers years of experience to a clientele of major insurers and shipping entities in charter party disputes, cargo claims and damage claims, with expertise in litigation and arbitration. He is particularly well regarded for trade sanctions work, for which one interviewee believes that "he's the go-to guy in the USA."

Gina Venezia is described by one client as a "standout attorney who works diligently to resolve matters in our favor." She is greatly experienced in international maritime disputes, advising on both litigation and arbitration. She is noted for her advocacy skills and praised for her "diplomatic dealing with sensitive issues."

Michael Unger is especially proficient in litigation and arbitration involving marine torts, personal injury and cargo and contamination claims. He is also well versed in the exercising of both foreign and domestic provisional remedies including attachment and arrest. One interviewee characterizes him as "knowledgeable, professional and attentive to detail."

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Burke & Parsons - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York)

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Respected boutique firm concentrated on representing the interests of maritime industry participants. Frequently engaged in matters regarding marine casualties, building and sale contract disputes, cargo claims and charter party dispute resolution. Expertise is sought after by international shipowners and operators, national government bodies, P&I clubs and charterers.

Notable practitioners

Raymond Burke is a highly respected attorney, with deep expertise across all aspects of casualty and charter party-related disputes, in both a domestic and international context. He is well experienced as a litigator, arbitrator and mediator.

Keith Heard is a "very confident and capable lawyer" who maintains an active and well-regarded practice with talent in a range of shipping and maritime disputes. He is particularly engaged in cases involving cargo claims, marine casualties and maritime liens. Further strength can be found in his contract dispute practice, and also in his experience serving as an arbitrator and mediator.

William Dougherty joins the rankings this year thanks to his years of experience assisting clients with an array of maritime casualty matters. He also has noted expertise in charter party disputes.

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Hill Rivkins LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York)

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What the team is known for Well-regarded group with experience in a vast spectrum of blue- and brown-water maritime matters, with noted strength in handling cargo claims, liability defense, maritime disaster litigation and vessel collision issues. Represents significant domestic and international maritime entities.

Strengths Peers appreciatively describe the team as "worthy adversaries with a broad practice. They bring a hard fight."

Notable practitioners

Raymond Hayden enjoys an excellent reputation for his capabilities in a wide array of disputes, including cargo claims and casualties. He is known to be an "extremely capable and knowledgeable" practitioner and has a strong track record at trial and appeal.

Anthony Pruzinsky "thinks outside the box, knows how to achieve our goals and is not afraid to make strong recommendations," according to one source. He handles a host of maritime disputes, including cargo claims and product liability issues.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York)

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What the team is known for Solid practice with experience in a swath of litigious matters in the shipping industry. Well known for representing domestic and international clients in dispute arbitrations. Noted concentration on insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation in the maritime context.

Strengths A satisfied interviewee attests that the team is "reliable, professional and prompt. They get on with things and work in your favor."

Work highlights Continued to represent Panalpina in litigation arising from the 2013 M/V MSC 'Flaminia' casualty. The significant damages claims are worth $275 million.

Represented Ports America in litigation relating to terminal service operations in Lake Charles, Louisiana, including cross-claims from the Port of Lake Charles pertaining to a stevedoring contract.

Significant clients Gard P&I Club, American President Lines, Höegh Autoliner, Steamship Mutual P&I, Commodities and Minerals Enterprises.

Notable practitioners

James Hohenstein is an "experienced, reliable and responsive" litigator, according to one source. He is an active participant in proceedings involving cargo claims, charter party disputes and maritime liens, as well as in bankruptcy and insurance matters, in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions.

Michael Frevola is well regarded by industry sources for the quality of his work regarding pre-judgment security and post-judgment enforcement actions, as well as in charter party and maritime bankruptcy disputes. One client reports that he is "extremely reliable, extremely knowledgeable and has helped us tremendously in some very difficult situations."

James Power represents clients in a broad range of contentious maritime matters, including in liens, charter party disputes and casualty cases. Sources note that he is "a very creative guy," who works to provide his clients with bespoke advice.

Christopher Nolan is a flourishing maritime litigator, who performs "excellent work" on behalf of a host of domestic and international marine insurers, shipping companies and financial institutions, with additional experience handling insolvencies.

Clients appreciate the "excellent work" done by up-and-coming associate Blythe Daly. Her practice covers collision and casualty issues, insurance coverage disputes and maritime bankruptcies, among a variety of other matters.

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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. - Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York)

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What the team is known for Strong maritime team sought after by a clientele of shipowners, underwriters, vessel manufacturers and marine construction companies. Experienced in handling a range of matters, especially those involving insurance disputes, cargo loss and vessel damage. Increasingly active in personal injury defense cases, particularly those occurring in the marine construction sector.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The firm is easy to work with and knows how to deliver a quality and timely litigation service. Overall it is an excellent firm, and we have been very satisfied with their service and work product."

"They're well experienced in the space and have technical strength and knowledge," reports one client.

Notable practitioners

Daniel McDermott is widely sought after for his abilities in handling contentious issues in the maritime space, particularly those involving personal injury and insurance disputes. One source reports: "His greatest strength is his ability to negotiate on the field of battle - he understands where people come from and makes a point without coming across too strong."

Edward Radzik is considered by one client to be "a master of using technical expertise to get his point across subtly." His expertise is utilized by clients to assist in cargo claims, personal injury claims, ship collisions and insurance coverage disputes, to name a few.

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Raymond J Burke Jr

Burke & Parsons

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Burke is a highly respected attorney, with deep expertise across all aspects of casualty and charter party-related disputes, in both a domestic and international context. He is well experienced as a litigator, arbitrator and mediator.

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Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Gutowski has long maintained a top-tier practice and provides clients with expertise in both arbitration and litigation arising from cargo claims, charter party disputes, casualty claims and commercial disputes. One client notes that "he's an easy person to talk to and he gives the best advice."

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Hill Rivkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Hayden enjoys an excellent reputation for his capabilities in a wide array of disputes, including cargo claims and casualties. He is known to be an "extremely capable and knowledgeable" practitioner and has a strong track record at trial and appeal.

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Thomas H Belknap Jr

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Belknap has years of experience across a range of contentious matters in the shipping arena, with noted strength in contract disputes, charter party disputes, cargo claims and insurance litigation.

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Lizabeth L Burrell

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lizabeth Burrell of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP enjoys a solid market profile for her accomplished litigious practice. She represents shipping industry participants in a range of matters, including marine insurance claims, charter party disputes and bunker issues. Sources describe her as "a skilled lawyer who's particularly good at appellate work."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Chalos of K&L Gates maintains a highly regarded and sought-after practice, with concentrated strength in handling cargo and damage claims, charter party disputes and collision matters. He also has a distinguished practice advising on criminal issues. He is said by one client to possess "high legal expertise and a commercial mind."

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Burke & Parsons

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Heard is a "very confident and capable lawyer" who maintains an active and well-regarded practice with talent in a range of shipping and maritime disputes. He is particularly engaged in cases involving cargo claims, marine casualties and maritime liens. Further strength can be found in his contract dispute practice, and also in his experience serving as an arbitrator and mediator.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Hohenstein is an "experienced, reliable and responsive" litigator, according to one source. He is an active participant in proceedings involving cargo claims, charter party disputes and maritime liens, as well as in bankruptcy and insurance matters, in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kimball offers "excellent knowledge and experience in supporting the client," one source states. Clients trust him with a range of sensitive matters, such as advising Hyundai Merchant Marine on a case involving the largest containership loss ever. Kimball is lauded by one client as "one of the best maritime lawyers in the USA."

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David L Mazaroli

From the Chambers USA guide

David Mazaroli is a highly regarded sole practitioner who garners admiration from across the industry for his quality advice in maritime litigation, with particular strength in the handling of cargo claims. Peers note appreciatively that, in what can be contentious circumstances, he is a knowledgeable attorney who "always conducted himself very honorably."

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Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Meehan is thought to be "fantastic to work with," and to possess "excellent overall knowledge of the subject matter" by one interviewee. He dedicates his practice to significant maritime casualty cases and charter party disputes.

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Don P Murnane, Jr.

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Don Murnane has a great track record in handling disputes covering a range of casualty and contractual disputes. He specializes further in chemical product and perishable goods litigation.

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Armand M Paré Jr

McLaughlin & Stern LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Armand Paré of McLaughlin & Stern LLP offers expert advice to a clientele of vessel charterers, shipyards and insurance companies in litigation relating to casualties, insurance and contract disputes. Paré stands out for his representation of oil companies in litigation occurring in the maritime arena.

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Anthony J Pruzinsky

Hill Rivkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Pruzinsky "thinks outside the box, knows how to achieve our goals and is not afraid to make strong recommendations," according to one source. He handles a host of maritime disputes, including cargo claims and product liability issues.

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Woods of Clyde & Co US LLP is "concise, approachable and down to earth," in the words of one interviewee, who adds that he is skilled in "laying out the pros and cons of every type of scenario." He focuses his practice on maritime insurance and reinsurance litigation with regards to liability, cargo and environmental claims.

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Vincent M DeOrchis

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vincent DeOrchis of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP is "exceptionally well rounded, aggressive but fair and professional in his management of litigation and has a deep well of experience and knowledge," according to one source. He is particularly active in litigation involving charter party disputes, cargo claims and limitation of liability.

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William L Juska Jr

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Juska offers years of experience to a clientele of major insurers and shipping entities in charter party disputes, cargo claims and damage claims, with expertise in litigation and arbitration. He is particularly well regarded for trade sanctions work, for which one interviewee believes that "he's the go-to guy in the USA."

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Mahoney & Keane LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Keane of Mahoney & Keane LLP is called upon for his experience in a range of maritime matters, including cargo claims, environmental issues and charter disputes. One client notes that he is "very competent and very good at explaining in negotiations."

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Lennon Murphy Caulfield & Phillips LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Lennon of Lennon Murphy Caulfield & Phillips LLC maintains an active and broad-ranging maritime litigation practice, with noted strength in total loss claims, cargo damage, personal injury and limitation of liability work. He possesses recognized experience of cross-border contract disputes.

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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel McDermott is widely sought after for his abilities in handling contentious issues in the maritime space, particularly those involving personal injury and insurance disputes. One source reports: "His greatest strength is his ability to negotiate on the field of battle - he understands where people come from and makes a point without coming across too strong."

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Seward & Kissel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Paulsen of Seward & Kissel LLP is known by one source to be "always well prepared, creative and knowledgeable." He acts for top-tier clients in a host of sophisticated maritime disputes in trial, appellate and arbitration proceedings. One client notes: "He has an exceptional service attitude, and a very sharp mind with a clear focus on the essentials."

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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Radzik is considered by one client to be "a master of using technical expertise to get his point across subtly." His expertise is utilized by clients to assist in cargo claims, personal injury claims, ship collisions and insurance coverage disputes, to name a few.

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James F Sweeney III

Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney

From the Chambers USA guide

James Sweeney of Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney offers quality legal representation to clients in the maritime space, with noted strength in insurance disputes and cargo claims.

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Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gina Venezia is described by one client as a "standout attorney who works diligently to resolve matters in our favor." She is greatly experienced in international maritime disputes, advising on both litigation and arbitration. She is noted for her advocacy skills and praised for her "diplomatic dealing with sensitive issues."

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William Dougherty

Burke & Parsons

From the Chambers USA guide

William Dougherty joins the rankings this year thanks to his years of experience assisting clients with an array of maritime casualty matters. He also has noted expertise in charter party disputes.

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Michael J Frevola

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Frevola is well regarded by industry sources for the quality of his work regarding pre-judgment security and post-judgment enforcement actions, as well as in charter party and maritime bankruptcy disputes. One client reports that he is "extremely reliable, extremely knowledgeable and has helped us tremendously in some very difficult situations."

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Cichanowicz, Callan, Keane & De May, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Keane of Cichanowicz, Callan, Keane & De May, LLP has years of experience practicing in the maritime legal market. He represents clients in matters including contract disputes, cargo claims and maritime arbitration.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

David Loh of Cozen O'Connor acts on behalf of maritime clients as part of an extensive intermodal practice. He is "extremely reliable and effective" and regularly advises on an array of insurance coverage and trade-related issues.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Power represents clients in a broad range of contentious maritime matters, including in liens, charter party disputes and casualty cases. Sources note that he is "a very creative guy," who works to provide his clients with bespoke advice.

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Richard Singleton

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Singleton maintains an active litigation practice in the shipping space, and is strong in marine disaster and casualty claims, bankruptcy litigation and environmental issues. His "advice is concise, accurate and helpful, and he will actually provide solutions and suggestions," one interviewee comments.

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Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Unger is especially proficient in litigation and arbitration involving marine torts, personal injury and cargo and contamination claims. He is also well versed in the exercising of both foreign and domestic provisional remedies including attachment and arrest. One interviewee characterizes him as "knowledgeable, professional and attentive to detail."

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Up and Coming

Christopher R Nolan

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Nolan is a flourishing maritime litigator, who performs "excellent work" on behalf of a host of domestic and international marine insurers, shipping companies and financial institutions, with additional experience handling insolvencies.

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Associates to watch

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients appreciate the "excellent work" done by up-and-coming associate Blythe Daly. Her practice covers collision and casualty issues, insurance coverage disputes and maritime bankruptcies, among a variety of other matters.

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Associates to watch

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

George Kontakis of K&L Gates is an admired associate who offers clients "excellent and efficient" advice in commercial disputes in the maritime sphere. His areas of strength include acting in maritime criminal matters and environmental disputes.

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Associates to watch

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lauren Wilgus is a highly regarded associate who practices extensively on behalf of foreign and domestic maritime clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She recently assisted on a longrunning suit for Swiss shipping company Flame, which was owed millions of dollars by a Ukrainian company that defaulted on several forward freight agreements.

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