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

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Represents a range of clients including P&I Clubs, operators, investment banks, owners and private equity funds.

Strengths One client finds Blank Rome to be an "impressive team" who do "a really good job communicating proactively."

Another client says the firm consists of "very professional, hugely experienced partners who provide succinct, clear advice."

Work highlights Representing an oil tanker, M/T Alnic MC, its owner, Energetic Tank, and the vessel manager, Stealth Maritime Corporation, in connection with a major collision between a US Navy destroyer, the USS John S McCain, and the Alnic, off the coast of Singapore.

Acted for Rockland Trust Company as maritime counsel in a Chapter 11 case concerning Cashman Equipment.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Belknap is a highly thought-of attorney in the maritime industry, with extensive experience in litigation and arbitration on insurance claims and marine casualties and collisions. One interviewee was particularly "impressed with his legal analysis and writing."

John Kimball has a wealth of experience in the maritime industry, handling casualties, bankruptcies, environmental law and salvage cases. Clients are "extremely satisfied," finding him to be a "top expert who has a combination of subject matter expertise and many years of litigation experience."

Sources admire that Richard Singleton is "hugely experienced; his knowledge of general maritime law in the US, in particular to casualty claims, is profound." He is a noted shipping litigator with experience counseling domestic and international clients in various casualty issues.

William Bennett is a maritime litigator with additional experience as a mediator and arbitrator in shipping disputes. One client says that he is "very personable, doesn't deal in legalese, provides succinct and clear advice and provides it quickly."

Characterized by sources as a "rising star who is very good technically," Lauren Wilgus is a well-regarded associate at the firm. She handles a wide range of issues, including cargo damage claims, insurance matters and charter party disputes.

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  • Our maritime litigators handle all kinds of shipping disputes -- including arbitration -- all around the world, including for owners, operators, shipyards, charterers, cargo interests, P&I clubs, commercial and investment banks, and private equity funds
  • We have vast experience in defending companies and individuals subject to environmental investigations of casualty events or alleged intentional misconduct – many with criminal elements, and involving potential violations of the Clean Water Act and/or the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)​
  • Our “Maritime Emergency Response Team” is on call around the clock to respond to pollution-related incidents and vessel casualties. At a moment’s notice, a member of our team will fly to the incident site, and manage potential civil and criminal consequences
  • We’re one of few firms advising the maritime industry on the threats of cyber-attacks, how best to protect against breaches, and assisting clients with cyber-audits and investigations
  • New York is the largest part of our shipping litigation practice – the largest such practice in the United States, with a strong presence on the East and Gulf Coasts and in Los Angeles
  • Our complementary shipping finance practice has worked on several groundbreaking maritime Chapter 11 and 15 cases
  • Our strong, complementary shipping regulatory practice in Washington, D.C. also gives us a considerable advantage over other firms

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

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Expertise in maritime personal injury claims, workers' compensation claims and occupational disease cases.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "the firm is very commercially oriented and definitely customer service-driven."

The firm's attorneys "respond quickly to requests for advice and assistance, and are extremely well versed in admiralty and maritime law," according to sources.

Work highlights Represented Maersk in two claims in New York and Florida concerning an allegation of improper temperature settings on containerized shipments of reactive mix monomer.

Acted for Chimbusco in a claim for payment for delivery of fuel to vessels owned by the since-bankrupted OW Bunker Group, involving a dispute over maritime liens awarded to subcontractor NuStar.

Notable practitioners

Peter Gutowski is an "excellent lawyer who is good on his feet, articulate and skillful," say sources. He has extensive experience in shipping litigation and arbitration matters, including charter party disputes and enforcement of judgments pertaining to cargo losses and damages.

William Juska has extensive litigation experience in the shipping industry, representing clients in cargo loss and damage claims, commodities contracts and charter party disputes. Interviewees call him a "smart and efficient lawyer who sees things clearly," and who gives "top-rate advice."

Highlighted as a "premier casualty lawyer," Wayne Meehan specializes in casualty litigation, including cases relating to explosions, fire and collisions. His expertise also extends to charter party disputes, and he is valued for being a "really pragmatic and upfront lawyer."

Don Murnane is a "very smooth, thorough and detailed attorney who is a very fine advocate for clients," according to interviewees. He specializes in litigation and investigation surrounding disputes between chemical product tankers, as well as casualties involving vessels and marine terminals, and terminal agreement disputes.

Gina Venezia is a "well-respected" attorney in the shipping litigation space and recently represented OW Bunkers in litigation before the federal district court. Her advocacy is praised by a commentator, who found her to be "particularly good at arguing on her feet."

Michael Unger handles a range of matters, with a particular emphasis on personal injury cases. In addition, his litigation capacity extends to cargo claims, marine torts, and charter party and bill of lading disputes.

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

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected boutique firm which concentrates 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. Their expertise is sought after by international shipowners and operators, national government bodies, P&I clubs and charterers. Also experienced acting as environmental criminal defense counsel in the marine industry.

Strengths The firm is noted for its "great reputation, which is well deserved."

Notable practitioners

Raymond Burke has built a strong litigation practice centered around the maritime sector, advising on salvage issues as well as spill matters resulting from groundings. He has both domestic and international reach in maritime matters. One commentator noted his background in the navy, calling him a "very experienced, intelligent and confident attorney."

Keith Heard enjoys an excellent reputation in the maritime litigation sector as an attorney who "sees the big picture and looks at maritime issues from a broad spectrum." He concentrates on defending a range of cargo claims, as well as wider casualty issues, including claims for General Average contribution.

William Dougherty focuses his marine litigation practice on a range of casualty cases, including claims following vessel groundings, collisions and engine breakdowns, as well as fuel contamination matters. His practice also extends to the representation of vessel operators, charterers and owners in cases pertaining to oil spill responses.

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 One impressed peer describes Hill Rivkins as a "worthy opponent and a respected firm."

"They are the premier cargo recovery firm in the country," says a commentator.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Pruzinsky is characterized by a peer as a "sharp attorney," while another commentator highlights him as an "excellent cargo attorney." He is a well-known litigator who maintains a solid maritime and product liability practice.

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

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What the team is known for Full-service national firm with good geographic spread and experience in a swathe of litigation 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 Peers know Holland & Knight as "a strong firm" which "enjoys a respected reputation."

Work highlights Acting as lead US counsel to Panalpina, advising on cargo claims and the Limitation of Liability Act, specifically regarding the M/V MSC Flaminia casualty of July 2013.

Representing creditors following the much-publicized bankruptcy of the OW Bunker group.

Notable practitioners

James Hohenstein has built a strong reputation as a litigator in the maritime industry representing clients in cargo damage actions, maritime bankruptcies, workouts and casualty actions. His trial experience extends to commercial cases as well as actions relating to submerged utility assets. He is described as "a gentleman of the old school; very straightforward, extremely knowledgeable in maritime matters, and has a lot of credibility with courts and judges."

Michael Frevola is a litigator with a maritime practice centered around Rule B attachments and Rule C arrests relating to security and enforcement actions. A source appreciates that "Mike has tremendous amounts of energy," adding: "I respect him."

James Power routinely counsels clients on casualty matters, charter party disputes and pollution issues. Peers are impressed by his "creative approach to solving problems for clients."

Christopher Nolan is well regarded as an up-and-coming litigator in the transportation arena who concentrates his practice on admiralty litigation. He regularly litigates on environmental impacts after marine casualties, charter party disputes and Rule B attachment applications and defense.

Blythe Daly is an associate marked as "definitely one to watch" by her peers. Her practice is focused on commercial and private yacht issues as well as wider charter party matters and maritime collisions.

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

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Raymond J Burke Jr

Burke & Parsons

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Burke has built a strong litigation practice centered around the maritime sector, advising on salvage issues as well as spill matters resulting from groundings. He has both domestic and international reach in maritime matters. One commentator noted his background in the navy, calling him a "very experienced, intelligent and confident attorney."

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Band 1

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Gutowski is an "excellent lawyer who is good on his feet, articulate and skillful," say sources. He has extensive experience in shipping litigation and arbitration matters, including charter party disputes and enforcement of judgments pertaining to cargo losses and damages.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Thomas H Belknap Jr

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Belknap is a highly thought-of attorney in the maritime industry, with extensive experience in litigation and arbitration on insurance claims and marine casualties and collisions. One interviewee was particularly "impressed with his legal analysis and writing."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Chalos of K&L Gates is known for his enviable shipowner client base, whom he defends in environmental crime claims as part of his wider maritime litigation practice. Sources note his "great track record of achievement with major cases."

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Band 2

Burke & Parsons

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Heard enjoys an excellent reputation in the maritime litigation sector as an attorney who "sees the big picture and looks at maritime issues from a broad spectrum." He concentrates on defending a range of cargo claims, as well as wider casualty issues, including claims for General Average contribution.

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Band 2

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Hohenstein has built a strong reputation as a litigator in the maritime industry representing clients in cargo damage actions, maritime bankruptcies, workouts and casualty actions. His trial experience extends to commercial cases as well as actions relating to submerged utility assets. He is described as "a gentleman of the old school; very straightforward, extremely knowledgeable in maritime matters, and has a lot of credibility with courts and judges."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

William L Juska Jr

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Juska has extensive litigation experience in the shipping industry, representing clients in cargo loss and damage claims, commodities contracts and charter party disputes. Interviewees call him a "smart and efficient lawyer who sees things clearly," and who gives "top-rate advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kimball has a wealth of experience in the maritime industry, handling casualties, bankruptcies, environmental law and salvage cases. Clients are "extremely satisfied," finding him to be a "top expert who has a combination of subject matter expertise and many years of litigation experience."

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Band 2

David L Mazaroli

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner David Mazaroli is well regarded in the maritime industry and noted for his broad litigation practice. He has particular experience in handling cargo claims.

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Band 2

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Highlighted as a "premier casualty lawyer," Wayne Meehan specializes in casualty litigation, including cases relating to explosions, fire and collisions. His expertise also extends to charter party disputes, and he is valued for being a "really pragmatic and upfront lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Don P Murnane, Jr.

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Don Murnane is a "very smooth, thorough and detailed attorney who is a very fine advocate for clients," according to interviewees. He specializes in litigation and investigation surrounding disputes between chemical product tankers, as well as casualties involving vessels and marine terminals, and terminal agreement disputes.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Armand M Paré Jr

McLaughlin & Stern LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Armand Paré of McLaughlin & Stern LLP has extensive expertise in the maritime industry. His broad practice includes representing ship owners, shipyards and vessel charterers.

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Band 2

Seward & Kissel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Paulsen of Seward & Kissel LLP is noted by one commentator for being an attorney who "brings very deep knowledge of maritime issues," and who "has a knack for distilling things into practical advice." He has significant experience as a litigator and arbitrator within the maritime industry, and is described as someone who "understands the industry well and how business works, and how to communicate legal issues that reflect business."

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Band 2

Anthony J Pruzinsky

Hill Rivkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Pruzinsky is characterized by a peer as a "sharp attorney," while another commentator highlights him as an "excellent cargo attorney." He is a well-known litigator who maintains a solid maritime and product liability practice.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Woods of Clyde & Co LLP is a highly regarded attorney in the maritime sector, with particular expertise representing both domestic and international insurers in various areas, including environmental claims, cargo matters and liability issues. His maritime expertise extends to cases relating to third party marine liability and shipbuilding contracts.

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Band 3

Vincent M DeOrchis

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Recognized by a peer for being a "very established cargo defense attorney" Vincent DeOrchis of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP routinely represents clients in maritime litigation. His practice specifically involves limitation of liability claims, as well as charter party and cargo disputes.

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Band 3

Mahoney & Keane LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Keane of Mahoney & Keane LLP has a solid reputation in the maritime industry and has expertise in representing clients in cargo claims and charter disputes. He also handles related environmental issues.

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Band 3

Lennon Murphy Caulfield & Phillips LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Lennon of Lennon Murphy Caulfield & Phillips LLC is recognized by one impressed peer as an "intellectual leader." His broad maritime litigation practice covers cargo damage and loss in addition to pollution liabilities.

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Band 3

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel McDermott has longstanding experience as a litigator on various civil matters, notably maritime personal injury and insurance actions. He also has expertise in marine construction projects litigation.

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Band 3

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Radzik handles claims for cargo losses and damages, as well as ship casualty and marine insurance disputes. He is praised for his measured approach to cases, and also acts as a mediator and arbitrator.

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Band 3

Richard Singleton

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources admire that Richard Singleton is "hugely experienced; his knowledge of general maritime law in the US, in particular to casualty claims, is profound." He is a noted shipping litigator with experience counseling domestic and international clients in various casualty issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

James F Sweeney III

Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney

From the Chambers USA guide

James Sweeney of Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney has expertise in admiralty law, notably in litigation matters. His practice also includes insurance law and general civil litigation issues.

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Band 3

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gina Venezia is a "well-respected" attorney in the shipping litigation space and recently represented OW Bunkers in litigation before the federal district court. Her advocacy is praised by a commentator, who found her to be "particularly good at arguing on her feet."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

William R. Bennett

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Bennett is a maritime litigator with additional experience as a mediator and arbitrator in shipping disputes. One client says that he is "very personable, doesn't deal in legalese, provides succinct and clear advice and provides it quickly."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

William Dougherty

Burke & Parsons

From the Chambers USA guide

William Dougherty focuses his marine litigation practice on a range of casualty cases, including claims following vessel groundings, collisions and engine breakdowns, as well as fuel contamination matters. His practice also extends to the representation of vessel operators, charterers and owners in cases pertaining to oil spill responses.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Michael J Frevola

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Frevola is a litigator with a maritime practice centered around Rule B attachments and Rule C arrests relating to security and enforcement actions. A source appreciates that "Mike has tremendous amounts of energy," adding: "I respect him."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Cichanowicz, Callan, Keane & De May, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described as "a good, tenacious litigator," Paul Keane of Cichanowicz, Callan, Keane & De May, LLP has experience in cargo claims litigation. He also handles FMC regulatory matters.

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Band 4

Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

David Loh of Cozen O'Connor maintains a broad transportation practice, with experience litigating on various matters, including marine and aviation cases. Clients value his "excellent maritime knowledge."

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Band 4

Gregory W O'Neill

Hill, Betts & Nash LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory O'Neill of Hill, Betts & Nash LLP is a maritime litigator who routinely represents marine operators, insurers, associations and municipalities. He has trial experience defending clients such as cruise lines in maritime personal injury matters and wider class actions.

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Band 4

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Power routinely counsels clients on casualty matters, charter party disputes and pollution issues. Peers are impressed by his "creative approach to solving problems for clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Unger handles a range of matters, with a particular emphasis on personal injury cases. In addition, his litigation capacity extends to cargo claims, marine torts, and charter party and bill of lading disputes.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Christopher R Nolan

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Nolan is well regarded as an up-and-coming litigator in the transportation arena who concentrates his practice on admiralty litigation. He regularly litigates on environmental impacts after marine casualties, charter party disputes and Rule B attachment applications and defense.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Blythe Daly is an associate marked as "definitely one to watch" by her peers. Her practice is focused on commercial and private yacht issues as well as wider charter party matters and maritime collisions.

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Associates to watch

K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

George Kontakis of K&L Gates is a noted associate who routinely represents clients in criminal and environmental proceedings related to the maritime industry. His practice also involves conducting investigations in relation to the US Coast Guard and Department of Justice.

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Associates to watch

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Characterized by sources as a "rising star who is very good technically," Lauren Wilgus is a well-regarded associate at the firm. She handles a wide range of issues, including cargo damage claims, insurance matters and charter party disputes.

^ See whole ranking table